Monday, July 29, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Politicians weigh in on prison protests
Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

The ranking members of the state Assembly’s Public Safety Committee are at odds over prison inmates’ efforts to end long-term solitary confinement. 

Committee Chairman, Tom Ammiano, a Bay Area Democrat, released a public statement last week calling the state’s practice of solitary confinement unjustifiable because it often labels inmates gang members without sufficient evidence. 

Independent monitors to keep watch on hunger strike at 9 prisons

State authorities send independent monitors into nine California prisons to assess developments during the inmate hunger strike.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — State authorities have sent independent monitors into nine California prisons to keep watch on an inmate hunger strike that will soon enter its third week.


Editorial: Sheriffs should end dream of a building binge
The Sacramento Bee

Because of overcrowding, Central Valley county sheriffs claim they can't keep dangerous criminals in their jails.

In a Thursday story in The Bee, they attribute the problem to Gov. Jerry Brown's public safety realignment, where people convicted of non-serious, nonviolent and non-sex crimes now serve their time in county jails instead of more costly state prisons.

Y-S jail violence up; cause debated – realignment a year in

Rob Parsons, The Appeal Democrat

Three Yuba County Jail inmates stabbed another inmate in the head and neck at least five times with a shank on June 21, and the 36-year-old victim suffered non-life-threatening wounds.


California prisons, hunger-strike backers clash over inmate death

Steve Gorman, Reuters

(Reuters) - Supporters of California prison inmates staging a prolonged hunger strike said on Saturday that one of the prisoners who had been refusing meals has died, but state corrections officials said the death was under investigation as a suicide.

Prison hunger strike leaders are in solitary but not alone
Convicted killer Todd Ashker, the legal brains behind the strike, and three other leaders are confined at Pelican Bay prison.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

PELICAN BAY STATE PRISON — Inside the concrete labyrinth of California's highest-security prison, an inmate covered in neo-Nazi tattoos and locked in solitary confinement has spearheaded the largest prison protest in California history.

Officials: CA inmate appears to have hanged self
The Associated Press

CORCORAN, Calif.—California prison officials are investigating a death of an inmate as an apparent suicide by hanging that they say had no connection to a system-wide hunger strike.

San Diego County mother gets 8 years for drunken driving reservoir crash that killed 2 girls

Associated Press

CHULA VISTA, California — A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to crashing her minivan into a San Diego County reservoir while drunk, killing her 5-year-old daughter and another girl.

LA district attorney seeks state Supreme Court review of sex predator release
Linda Deutsch, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The California Supreme Court has been asked to step into the volatile issue of the impending release of a serial rapist.

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who lost an earlier bid to an appeals court, filed a request with the high court Friday for a hearing. She said the release from a state hospital of 62-year-old Christopher Hubbart would pose a significant threat to public safety.


Parolee Turned Poet Publishes Children's Book
Keith Carls , Central Coast News

SANTA MARIA - "Once upon a time in a little windy city there lived a tricky cat known as Clever Kitty", 46 year Walt Rouse recites verses in his children's book called the Adventures of Clever Kitty.

Parole alerts drop as Calif. refines GPS tracking
The Associated Press

A flood of electronic alerts that was inundating California parole agents has dropped by half since The Associated Press first reported the problem two years ago. 

The alerts are generated by satellite-linked ankle bracelets strapped to paroled sex offenders. They send alarms when offenders tamper with the devices, stray into areas where they're not supposed to be or move too far away from home.


Former San Quentin warden: Death penalty all but dead
Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal

To hear former San Quentin State Prison Warden Jeanne Woodford tell it, the death penalty is all but dead in California.

"The political consensus is that California's death penalty is on its way out," she told an audience of about 70 people Saturday in the auditorium at the Redwoods in Mill Valley. "The question remains when and how it will go."


Stockton Police Complete Three-Day “Heat Wave”
Luana Munoz, Fox 40

STOCKTON –The Stockton Police Department completed its three-day “violence suppression mission”, named “Operation Heatwave” on Sunday night.

Operation Heatwave, which was a continuation from missions held within the last year, was a mission to help stop crime and violence in Stockton, as well as the rest of San Joaquin County. The concentration of the mission focused on finding people belonging to groups and gangs, identified in the earlier “Operation Ceasefire”, who are involved in gun violence.

County juvenile hall cuts use of force, beefs up education in lawsuit's wake

Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Sun shines through the skylights and tomatoes grow on the outdoor patios. Staff members smile and chat people up. Modern three-dimensional artwork decorates the walls.

Lines of kids walking single file and looking straight ahead give away that it's a correctional setting, but even at that, the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility – juvenile hall – is a calmer, cooler place these days.

Calif. legislator launches task force to raise awareness about potentially deadly Valley Fever
Associated Press

FRESNO, California — A California legislator is announcing new a task force to increase awareness about the potentially deadly disease known as Valley Fever.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield will co-chair the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force comprising of 14 lawmakers from California, Arizona and Texas.

Part of Old Fire reward given after almost 10 years
Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun

A $60,000 check has been cut for the great-great aunt of convicted Old Fire arsonist Rickie Lee Fowler -- San Bernardino County's share of a $110,000 reward offered in 2003 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for causing the county's most devastating wildfire, officials said Friday.

California Prisoners Can Pay for Better Rooms
Mike Tuttle,

WTKR reports that some inmates in California prisons are getting much nicer accommodations than others. This preferential treatment is happening for a simple reason: they are paying for it.
A jailhouse in Fremont, California was built with the intention of being used for minimum security inmates from the county jail to stay and do landscaping and other chores. But it never got used. So the $10 million dollar facility stood empty, unused.

Report: violent crime up slightly in Calif. in 2012 but crime rate remains at historic lows

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — State officials report that violent crimes slightly increased in California last year, but that crime rates remain at historic lows.

The annual "Crime in California" report released Friday shows that there were 160,629 violent crimes in 2012, nearly 3 percent more than the 155,313 violent crimes in 2011.

How pedophile slipped through system, abused more boys
Matthias Gafni,  Contra Costa Times

For most of two decades, convicted pedophile Christopher Miller conducted real-life lessons in how to avoid paying for your crimes.  He was accused of molesting two young boys in Southern California over extended periods of time. He was arrested three times for possessing child porn. But he spent less than five years in custody after three convictions, resuming his behavior after each release.