Monday, May 20, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Inmates crucial in fighting wildfires

Beatriz E. Valenzuela and Andrew Edwards, The San Bernardino Sun

A crew of more than a dozen firefighters, tired and covered in dirt and soot, made its way back to a command post set up for the Springs Fire. 

The men had just managed to dig out hundreds of feet of fire lines every hour around the massive Camarillo area wildfire, all with hand tools. 

Folsom Inmates Raise Money for Cancer Research
Kimberly Rankin, Fox 40 News

FOLSOM - The iron gates and barbed wire fences of Folsom Prison aren’t strong enough to keep cancer out.

Corcoran inmate gets death penalty
Fresno Bee

A lifer at Corcoran State Prison has been sentenced to death for murdering his cell mate, a Kings County judge ruled this week.

Judge Peter L. Spinetta handed down the sentence for Robert Galvan at a hearing Wednesday, said Kings County prosecutor Thom Snyder. Galvan was immediately taken to death row at San Quentin State Prison.


Post-realignment arrests down, lower in San Bernardino County
Beatriz E. Valenzuela, The San Bernardino Sun

Fewer offenders released from state prison after the implementation of Gov. Jerry Brown's Prison Realignment have been rearrested and conviction rates for the same group of offenders have remained virtually the same, according to a new study from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. San Bernardino County rates, however, are lower than the state average.

State report on prison realignment slammed by critics

Carol Ferguson,

State prison officials say a study on the early impacts of so-called prison realignment show positive results. But critics point to negative data in the report, and Kern County prosecutors say it fails to analyze significant factors.

Did state prison overhaul drive up crime?
San Francisco Chronicle

Gearing up to run for governor next year, Abel Maldonado went on a statewide, 10-stop barnstorming tour this month. The centerpiece was his opposition to realignment, Gov. Jerry Brown’s solution to state-prison overcrowding, and his promise to repeal it with a November ballot initiative.


Assemblyman Chris Holden and the Prison Bill AB 1065

Pasadena Now

Assemblyman Chris Holden said the protection of citizens against mentally disordered offenders and mentally disordered sexual offenders took a step in the right direction when the governor’s May revision of the state budget included language in a trailer bill largely due to his bill modifying prison realignment.

Brown's budget includes Holden's sex offender bill
Beatriz E. Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun

Assemblyman Chris Holden's bill looking to help keep violent offenders under the supervision of the state is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Language from Assembly Bill 1065, which aimed to keep anyone previously convicted of a sex crime and who has been classified as a mentally disordered offender in state prison and then monitored by the California Parole office, was added to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget last week.


California governor blocks parole for inmate convicted in 1977 killing of a prison guard

Don Thompson, The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday blocked the parole of an inmate who is serving a life sentence for the execution-style killing of a prison guard 36 years ago during a series of armed robberies.

Michael Martin, who is now 53, was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1977 slaying of Correctional Officer Victor Sam in Riverside County.

Police: Kidnapped woman assaulted for days in local hotel

Fugitive Rodney Edward Silva, 44, allegedly held the victim at Medford Inn
Ryan Pfeil, Mail Tribune

A man with two out-of-state warrants for his arrest allegedly kidnapped a woman and assaulted her multiple times in a Medford hotel room, police reported.

Rodney Edward Silva, 44, allegedly held the woman against her will at the Medford Inn for several days, officials said. He is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest, jail records show.

Man arrested in kidnapping of girl from Sacramento street is registered sex offender
Cathy Locke and Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee

A man previously convicted of sex offenses has been arrested in connection with the midday abduction of a 7-year-old girl on a south Sacramento street nearly a week ago.

Cedric Lain Holland, 25, was booked into the Sacramento County jail Thursday night on suspicion of kidnapping to commit another crime and violation of parole.


San Rafael Pacifics Win against San Quentin Prison All-Stars

San Rafael Pacifics traveled to California State Prison San Quentin on Saturday, May 18, to kick off their spring training schedule and came away with a 17-3 victory over the prison's All-Star team.

Despite crime rate, Santa Cruz County sends few to prison

Jason Hoppin, The Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ - Despite a county seat where crime rates are among the highest in the state, Santa Cruz County's wheels of justice aren't turning out many inmates.

In fact, defendants here are less likely to wind up behind bars than in almost any other California county, with Santa Cruz County ranking 53rd of 58 California counties for incarceration rates.

Dozens arrested in High Desert gang sweep

San Bernardino Sun

VICTORVILLE -- Nearly three dozen people were arrested Friday night during a SMASH Gang Sweep Operation in the High Desert, according to sheriff's officials. 

The exact numbers of those arrested were not immediately available over the weekend. 

Family demands evidence of son's involvement in sister's killing
Dad of slain girl stands by his son
Tracie Cone and Haven Daley, The Associated Press and Kevin Valine, The Modesto Bee

CALAVERAS COUNTY -- The father of a 12-year-old boy arrested in the fatal stabbing of his 8-year-old sister said Monday that he will believe his son is innocent until he is shown evidence that proves otherwise.

Prison booze could play key role in Atwater murder trial

Michael Doyle - Bee Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- One of the two inmates accused of killing an Atwater prison guard was so drunk on a potent brew dubbed "White Lightning" that he couldn't understand an FBI agent's Miranda warnings afterward, defense attorneys claim in revealing new documents filed in federal court.

Judge calls killer 'a coward,' sentences him to 44 years to life in prison
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

The judge called the murderer a "coward" Thursday just before he sent him away to state prison for 44 years to the rest of his life. 

"You cannot be a man," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette told Edgar Gomez Carrillo, 30. "You are a coward."

Federal report documents inmate sex abuse in US
The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails and prisons.

Chico Police: Correctional Officer Arrested For Domestic Violence
Shay Arthur, KRCR News

Around 4:00 a.m. Chico Police arrested 31 year-old Leonard Mundy for an alleged domestic violence dispute  at the Super 8 Motel on Manzanita Court in Chico.
While enroute, the victim  told the motel manager that she had been assaulted
by her boyfriend.