Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Former Calif. governors back Brown in prison case, say inmate releases will jeopardize safety

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Four former California governors on Monday supported a request by Gov. Jerry Brown to delay the release of nearly 10,000 prison inmates by year's end.
They sent their request to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who oversees appeals from Western states.

Sacto 911: Four ex-governors seek delay in inmate releases

Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

Four former California governors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay that would delay the court-ordered release of nearly 10,000 prison inmates.

Photo ban intensifies isolation in prisons

Michael Montgomery, Center for Investigative Reporting

The snapshots are old and discolored, capturing the faces of men behind bars in California’s vast penal system and those destined to enter it. Some are wide-eyed. Others cast hard stares. One inmate, a bony heroin addict dressed in baggy prison denim, stares submissively into the camera.


Inmate hunger strike wanes, but thousands continue refusing meals

Chris Megerian, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — The number of inmates refusing meals as part of a statewide hunger strike has continued to drop, falling to 2,572 on Monday.

More than 2,500 inmates keep up California prison hunger strike
Sharon Bernstein, Reuters

(Reuters) - More than 2,500 prisoners in 17 prisons in California remained on hunger strike on Monday, more than a week after refusing food to demand an end to a policy of housing prisoners believed to be associated with gangs in near-isolation for years on end.

Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Medical Care for Inmates Freed with Valley Fever
Ken Broder, All Gov

While the state ponders how to comply with federal court orders to move around 2,600 prisoners from two prisons in Central California because of Valley Fever, a class-action lawsuit has been filed on their behalf seeking lifetime medical care for their maladies.

Update: Escaped Pelican Bay inmate in custody, officials say
The Times-Standard

Update: Officials at the command center confirmed that the escaped inmate from the minimum security area of Pelican Bay State Prison was found and placed in custody at approximately 7:20 p.m. 

Tore David Digirolamo was found on Lake Earl Drive, which runs next to the prison.

Border Patrol captured escaped convict then handed him over to CHP
Jaclyn Randall, Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - A minimum custody inmate who escaped from Ironwood State Prison (ISP) on Saturday morning was taken into custody by the United States Border Patrol and then handed over to California Highway Patrol-Winterhaven officers after being stopped for driving a stolen vehicle.

Driver who killed boy, 6, in Citrus Heights accident gets 15 years

Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Ten days before her car slammed into two boys walking to school and killed one of them, Tresa Ann Bales-Sterba attracted the attention of a firefighter when she swerved across three lanes of traffic in Citrus Heights and "lightly" rear-ended another motorist.

Calif man sentenced to life for killing 2 over dog
The Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- A Fresno man who shot and killed two people and paralyzed a third in a dispute over a lost dog has been sentenced to 82 years to life in prison, plus two life terms without the possibility of parole.


Children found in drug house
The Recorder

Detectives from the Porterville Police Department arrested three people Friday after they found methamphetamine and heroin packaged for sale at a home on the 100 block of South Newcomb Street where two children, aged 5 and 7, were also living.


Council to mull safety tax survey
Joseph Luiz, The Hanford Sentinel

HANFORD — The Hanford City Council will consider hiring an Oakland-based firm to determine if there is public support to approve an increase in the city’s sales tax to fund public safety needs.


Bill aims to aid jailed sex slave victims
Samantha Weigel,  Daily Journal

Sara Kruzan was assaulted when she was 11 by a man who forced her into prostitution at age 13. After the abuse, Kruzan killed her captor when she was 16. In 1995, the Riverside girl was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. 

Though a convicted murderer, she is also a victim of sexual slavery. 

How the Black Guerrilla Family gang took root in Maryland’s prisons
Ann E. Marimow and Peter Hermann, The Washington Post

Five years ago, next to the chapel in a Maryland prison, the Black Guerrilla Family kept its own office with desks, chairs — even computers. The group’s ranking members met there with community leaders, including a former Maryland state trooper, to talk about reducing gang activity in prison and beyond. They wrote a manual filled with self-help rhetoric that they distributed to hundreds of inmates.

CalPERS gains 12.5 percent, CalSTRS earns 13.8 percent for year on rising stock, real estate
Judy Lin, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — The nation's two largest public pension funds on Monday reported double-digit annual returns from rising stock and real estate prices, but cautioned against focusing too much on short-term performance.