Monday, May 6, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Officer in critical condition after shooting in Colton
Doug Saunders and Melissa Pinion-Whitt, San Bernardino Sun

COLTON -- A 52-year-old Chino prison corrections officer was in critical condition Friday with a gunshot wound to the head, and his alleged assailants - one recently on parole from the prison - were in custody after a nighttime assault at a gas station that would have killed him if it wasn't for the quick action of police, authorities said.

COLTON: Correctional officer shot on his way to work
Police said two suspects opened fire on off-duty officer at gas station. Officer in critical condition at intensive care unit
John Asbury, The Press Enterprise

Authorities say a correctional officer was attacked and shot while pumping gas in Colton on his way to work Thursday night by a shooting suspect who was recently paroled from the same Chino prison.


Butterfly release symbolic for wards
Youth offenders raise them for victims' families
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore,

STOCKTON - He pressed two fingers together, securing a butterfly's wings in between. Firm enough to keep it from flying. Gentle enough to keep its new wings from tearing.

Tim Robbins and Wayne Kramer show support for arts in prisons
David Ng, The Los Angeles Times

Actor-director Tim Robbins and guitarist Wayne Kramer were among a handful of local cultural leaders to voice their support on Friday for programs that bring the arts to prisons and other correctional facilities around the country. 


Prisons plan likely doomed
Denny Walsh and Torey Van Oot, The Sacramento Bee

A plan for inmate population reduction in California's prisons that was submitted Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown and his corrections department to three federal judges may be dead on arrival.

Brown offers plan for prison overcrowding
Howard Mintz, The Daily Democrat

The showdown between three federal judges and Gov. Jerry Brown over California's overcrowded prison system is headed once again to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brown unveils 'ugly' prison plan
Frustrated governor's proposal would free some inmates early to ease crowding but still miss court's target.
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Under threat of contempt of court, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a plan to ease prison crowding by releasing certain inmates early, sending others to county jails and relocating some to state fire camps -- but added that he doesn't support it.


Marin woman who had husband killed dies in prison
Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

Ann McDonald, the former Kent Woodlands woman who hired two hitmen to kill her husband in 1991, died in state prison Thursday. She was 79.

Life in prison for capital-area white supremacist who killed molester
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Tattoos crept above the collar of Charles Francis Gaskins' black-and-white shirt with the big, bold letters on the back that read "COURT."


State's sex offenders test relaxed parole limits
Kurtis Alexander, The Fresno Bee

For 20 years, Fidel Tafoya has been in and out of prison and jail for assault and attempted rape, many at schools and libraries.


Butte County police departments work together to deal with realignment

Almendra Carpizo,

NOTE: Butte County has received more than $9 million for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and will receive more than $6.7 million next fiscal year (2013-14). This funding is now constitutionally guaranteed under Proposition 30 passed last year.
Butte County's four police chiefs are preparing to implement a plan designed to mitigate the problems that have surfaced because of Assembly Bill 109 and increasing crime rates in the county.

Chief: Newport can't get lax about safety

While crime rates are low, Johnson says at a breakfast meeting, criminals know no bounds.
Jill Cowan, The Daily Pilot

Members of the local business community who turned out for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's monthly government affairs breakfast unwittingly took part in a little experiment.