Monday, July 22, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Gang members say hunger strike aim is to 'sell drugs, make money'
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

California prison officials in federal legal filings alleged that the ongoing inmate hunger strike was orchestrated by prison gangs.

Attached to legal filings in U.S. District Court on Thursday, the state included declarations signed by former members of the prison gangs known as Nuestra Familia and the Aryan Brotherhood. The two inmates, both convicted murderers, have agreed to provide information against the gangs in return for being moved out of isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.

FRENCH VALLEY: Death sentence for former Marine who murdered couple
Sarah Burge, Press Enterprise

A judge handed down a death sentence Friday, July 19, for one of three Marines convicted of murdering a fellow Marine and his wife in 2008, saying the “savage brutality” of the crimes suggests he is “a man without a semblance of morality or a conscience.”


Calif. youth detention facility replaces superintendent
Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Brown has been named acting superintendent
Ventura County Star

VENTURA — The superintendent of the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo has been replaced, state officials said Thursday.

Wednesday’s decision to replace Victor Almager was made because the facility “needed a change in management,” Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said without elaborating.

California can't find enough inmates to safely release under US judges' order to ease crowding
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says in a court filing that the state is falling far short of meeting a demand from federal judges to find thousands of inmates who could be released from prison early without endangering the public.

The Buzz: California inmates find ally in famed U.S. Supreme Court litigator
Michael Doyle, The Sacramento Bee

California inmates have an ally in Paul Clement, a famed U.S. Supreme Court litigator and former U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush.

Clement was among the attorneys listed as counsel of record on the brief filed Friday to challenge the state's request that the high court put off deadlines for lowering its prison population.


At-Large Manslaughter Parolee Arrested After Stakeout

Police arrested Ryan Karr, 32, of Windsor, and Jonathan Lewis, 34, of Rohnert Park following two surveillance operations.
Petaluma Patch

Police in Petaluma made a pair of arrests on wanted DUI offenders Saturday.

Acting out on an anonymous tip, police and the California Parole Apprehension Team conducted two surveillance operations, targeting Ryan Karr, 32, of Windsor, and Jonathan Lewis, 34, of Rohnert Park, police said.


Heightened realignment security
The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - Some of the changes from the shift in the state's criminal population to county supervision are large, others smaller. One of the small changes is a new metal detector now screening for weapons at the Canlis Building in downtown Stockton.

Realignment increasing jail's maximum security inmates
Realignment was the state's main response to a federal lawsuit requiring the state to reduce California's prison population
Linda Williams, The Willits News

The sweeping change in the way California felons are incarcerated and monitored introduced by the state legislature in 2011 is called realignment. The Mendocino County Jail has seen nearly a 70 percent increase in maximum security prisoners and a 30 percent increase in total prisoners with realignment.

This week in Realignment: July 19, 2013
Christopher Nelson,

In journalism, you are told that a meeting is never the actual story. There is always subtext, a larger problem that is being addressed in the meeting with opposing viewpoints verbally clashing over the solution.