Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

CTF scores high in national accreditation
Allison Gatlin, The Salinas Californian

Soledad’s Correctional Training Facility was certified on Monday by the American Correctional Association during its 143rd Congress of Correction in Maryland, according to a CTF release.

The ACA is the oldest, most respected and largest international correctional association in the world, the release states.


CALIFORNIA INMATES


San Diego man gets 6 life terms for murder of his wife, mother-in-law and ex-girlfriend
The Associated Press


SAN DIEGO — A San Diego County man was sentenced Monday to six life terms in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to the murder of his wife, mother-in-law and an ex-girlfriend.


Michael Eugene Richardson, 60, agreed to the plea deal to avoid the death penalty and have charges of sex with a minor dismissed, said Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals.
 

Man sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for 2008 Sacramento Sikh sports festival killing
The Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, California — A Northern California man convicted of second-degree murder has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison in the shooting death at a sikh sports festival.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Sacramento County Judge Greta Curtis Fall sentenced 28-year-old Gurpreet Singh Gosal on Friday.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Questions arise about parolee involved in Coke case

KTVU

OAKLAND, Calif. —There were new questions Monday night about how closely authorities were keeping tabs on a convicted sex-offender and parolee who was named as a person of interest in the disappearance an Oakland woman last week.

CDCR RELATED

Attorney General Eric Holder announces drug-sentencing reform in San Francisco
Josh Richman and Thomas Peele, The San Jose Mercury News


SAN FRANCISCO -- Ushering in a significant shift in the nation's four-decade "war on drugs," Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that federal prosecutors will stop seeking longer mandatory sentences for many nonviolent drug offenders, part of a broad new effort to focus on violent crimes and national security while reducing the nation's gigantic prison population.
 

Controller's office bears some blame for payroll flop, report says
Chris Megerian, The Los Angeles Times


SACRAMENTO -- California officials failed to adequately oversee a stalled $373-million upgrade to the state's outdated payroll system, according to a report released by a Senate office on Monday.


The report is critical of the state controller's office, which was responsible for the project, and said officials withheld evidence of problems from lawmakers.
 

Sacramento suspect held in Albuquerque nightclub slaying
Kristopher Rivera and Kim Minugh, The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento man with a history of drugs and violence is the focus of a homicide investigation in New Mexico, authorities said Monday. 


The Albuquerque Police Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of Jashon "P Shawn" Warren, 27, in connection with the June 15 killing of Michael Moore, 29. 


Suspects identified, gun found in Murray Street shooting in Santa Cruz
Stephen Baxter

SANTA CRUZ -- Police on Monday identified two men from Freedom and one from Watsonville who are suspected in a drive-by shooting early Saturday in Seabright.


Freedom resident Julio Adrian Nunez, 25, was arrested with Marcos Nunez, his 27-year-old brother, and Isaac Saavedra, 20, of Watsonville. The three men and a 15-year-old boy, whom police have not named, were arrested early Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder, carrying a loaded firearm and gang participation, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

OPINION


PD Editorial: Long-term thinking for state prisons

The Press Democrat


In his speech Monday about prison crowding, Attorney General Eric Holder candidly acknowledged what California officials have not.
“We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation,” he said.