Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Inmate death at Corcoran prison ruled suicide
Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

The death of an inmate last Monday at California State Prison-Corcoran has been ruled a suicide, despite claims by inmate advocates that it may have resulted from an ongoing hunger strike.

Kings County Chief Deputy Coroner Tom A. Edmonds said this morning that the inmate, 32-year-old Billy Michael Sell died from "ligature strangulation."

Prisoners' hunger strike meets tough response

Prison officials say they're out of patience with the strike tactic
Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — For the third time in two years, thousands of California prisoners have taken part in a hunger strike to demand reforms in solitary confinement, but this strike has a markedly different feel from a pair in 2011 — prison officials aren't giving an inch.

Shifting of Calif. prisoners prompts calls of unfairness, racial discrimination
State moving thousands of inmates to, from different prisons due to Valley Fever
Claire Doan, KCRA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is shifting thousands of inmates in and out of state prisons, due to concerns over Valley Fever, a fungal infection that can cause flu-like symptoms, and in rare cases, death.

Prison term 42 years for Shasta Ponzi scam

Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee

Convicted in one of the biggest Ponzi schemes Northern California has seen in years, a Redding man was slapped with a 42-year prison term last week.

James Koenig, 60, was convicted of multiple fraud charges in connection with a Ponzi scheme that bilked more than 400 investors out of $90 million. The operator of a firm called Assent Real Estate Corp., he was sentenced last Friday in Shasta Superior Court.


CCPOA VP: Realignment ‘Hasn’t Stepped Up’ Prison Rehabilitation

Charlotte Dean, IVN

Governor Jerry Brown and Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Brown are in hot water with the Supreme Court. The system appears to be 9,600 inmates over the legally determined cap. They have until year’s end to make the deadline. How will the state realign inmate numbers with constitutional standards without endangering the public? 

LAPD North Hollywood Division cracking down on thefts from cars
Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News

The Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division is making progress in its effort to quash a recent spike in thefts from vehicles in the southeast area of the Valley, officials said Monday.


Mental health workers in demand
County psych techs taking new prison facility jobs, leaving old unfilled
Zachary K. Johnson, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - Officials say the new prison health care facility on the edge of Stockton has already siphoned away a significant number of county mental health workers.

So far, Behavioral Health Services has lost about one-fifth of its psychiatric technicians to the California Health Care Facility, an $839 million operation that houses more than 1,700 sick or mentally ill state prisoners.

Police in the Inland Empire on alert after another attack

Lori Fowler, The San Bernardino Sun

The arrests of the men accused of ambushing two San Bernardino police officers last week brings to light that it's been a violent year so far for peace officers in the Inland Empire.
This year alone, two law enforcement officers were killed and seven other officers were shot at. 

National FBI crackdown on child sex trafficking rescues Elk Grove, Sacramento teens

Kurt Chirbas, The Sacramento Bee

Authorities rescued three teenage girls – from Elk Grove, Sacramento and Fresno – this weekend in a nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking, the FBI said Monday. 

The girls – ages 14 and 15 – were among 105 children who were removed from forced prostitution during the seventh round of a campaign known as Operation Cross Country. 

Celebrities join prison hunger strikers in protesting isolation
Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Raitt and Jay Leno are among those petitioning Gov. Jerry Brown to end California's use of solitary confinement to control prison gang violence.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Raitt and Jay Leno have joined prison hunger strikers in calling for an end to California's use of solitary confinement to control prison gang violence.

The civil rights crusaders, singer and late-night comedian are among those who signed a letter sent Monday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The letter calls isolation units "extensions of the same inhumanity practiced at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay."


Contra Costa Times editorial: Christopher Miller deserves a very long stay in confinement

Christopher Miller must go to jail and it should be for a very long time.

After reading a weekend article by the Bay Area News Group's Matthias Gafni about the convicted pedophile's manipulation of the legal system, we became convinced that serious prison time is the only possible outcome that justice can accommodate.