Monday, July 15, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Brick by brick, Folsom female inmates build foundation for solid future
Don Chaddock, Folsom Telegraph

FOLSOM, CA - Behind a courtyard of gray stone walls ringed with barbed wire, 15 women marked the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

Wearing pink shirts to signify their graduation from the California Prison Industry Authority’s (Cal-PIA) Career Technical Education Pre-Apprenticeship Program, the female inmates at the Folsom Women’s Facility were awarded certificates on July 11.

Protesters rally to support inmate hunger strike

The Associated Press 

CORCORAN, Calif. -- Several hundred people rallied outside Corcoran State Prison on Saturday to show their support for a hunger strike at more than 20 California prisons.

Hunger strikers, slightly fewer, continue prison protests
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

Hunger strikes continued Saturday at 23 California prisons and one out-of-state facility, with more than 6,300 inmates refusing meals for days. The corrections department Saturday would not say how many have refused to eat meals since Monday.

Calif. inmates sue over potentially fatal fungus
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California inmates who contracted a potentially fatal illness known as valley fever are suing state officials for lifetime medical care, including coverage for drugs that their attorney said can cost $2,000 a month.

Inmate escapes from Ironwood State Prison, captured by CHP
Jaclyn Randall,  Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - An inmate who somehow escaped from Ironwood State Prison (ISP) within the last 24 hours is already in custody after being detained by California Highway Patrol officers on either Friday night or Saturday morning.

2 California inmates escape minimum security facility; were serving time for burglary, robbery
The Associated Press

(Note: The two inmates who walked away from Eel River Conservation Camp were captured on Sunday.)

REDWAY, California — State corrections officials say two inmates have escaped from a minimum security facility in Northern California.

Officials say 20-year-old Dennis Rene Welch and 30-year-old Glen Martin Whiteside walked away from the Eel River Conservation Camp near Redway early Saturday.

2 men sentenced to death for LA County pizzeria shooting that killed 3, injured 7
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Two reputed gang members have been sentenced to death for a shooting at a Los Angeles County pizzeria that left three people dead and seven injured.

City News Service says the men were sentenced Friday for the June 2009 shooting outside Falcone's Pizza in Pico Rivera, where a motorcycle club called the Old School Riders was holding fundraiser for children who had lost a parent in a fire.

Two men sentenced for 2011 shooting death
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Two men were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday for their first-degree murder convictions in a April 14, 2011, retaliatory shooting spree in which they killed a man who reportedly robbed one of them in a drug deal.

112 years in prison for 2010 teen slaying
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

A man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a one-time high school basketball player was sentenced Friday to 112 years to life in prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White imposed the term on Al Henry Allen Sr., 22, for the June 5, 2010, shooting death of D'andre Blackwell, 18, who played basketball for Valley High School. The shooting took place at a graduation party at an Elk Grove hotel.


Why California won't build prisons to ease inmate overcrowding
David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

In his final effort to forestall a federal court order requiring the state to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates, Gov. Jerry Brown last week counted the ways prison conditions have improved since the court first winced at overcrowding years ago.

Judge orders investigation into Salinas Valley State Prison psychiatric unit

Focus on low staff levels at Salinas Valley prison
Julia Reynolds, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Saying California officials "divorced themselves from reality" when they recently claimed mental health care is up to par in state prisons, a Sacramento judge has ordered an immediate investigation of Salinas Valley State Prison's psychiatric unit. 

California Is Facing More Woes in Prisons
Jennifer Medina, New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Just six months after declaring “the prison crisis is over in California,” Gov. Jerry Brown is facing dire predictions about the future of the state’s prison system, one of the largest in the nation.


County Supervisors to Review State Prisoner Shift
Perry Smith,

(Note: The reporter incorrectly copied the information that was sent to him. Los Angeles County’s AB 109 this year is actually $323 million.) 

A report detailing Los Angeles County concerns with AB 109 will be reviewed Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

The report was conducted by the county’s Probation Department at the request of supervisors, who have expressed concern with a burden the Public Safety Realignment puts on county jails.


Governor Brown Decides To Change Lethal Injection Process
The decision will delay the potential resumption of death-penalty executions in California.

Vanessa CastaƱeda, Redwood City – Woodside Patch

A decision by the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown to switch from three drugs to a one-drug protocol for lethal injections will delay the potential resumption of death-penalty executions in California for at least one year and possibly several years.


Governor Brown Announces Appointments
Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:Alexander Maurice Gonzales, 57, of La Quinta, has been appointed warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, where he has served as acting warden since 2011 and was chief deputy warden from 2010 to 2011, associate warden from 2008 to 2010 and facility captain from 2000 to 2008. Gonzales served in multiple positions at California State Prison, Los Angeles County from 1989 to 2000, including correctional lieutenant and facility captain and at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility from 1986 to 1989, including correctional counselor and sergeant. He was a correctional officer at the California Institution for Men from 1982 to 1985. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,668. Gonzales is a Republican.