Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Senate Confirms Two Top CDCR Executive Appointments

Sacramento, CA...The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that the California State Senate has confirmed Dan Stone as the Director of Adult Parole Operations and Jay Virbel as Associate Director of Female Offender Programs, Services and Special Housing...

“During these times of unprecedented public safety changes, both within our prisons and out, CDCR must have strong leadership,” CDCR Secretary Beard said. “Both men have shown great dedication and I am looking forward to working together to make California’s prison system a model for the country.”


Private prison in Cal City could benefit from governor's 'prison fix'
Fate of 300 jobs yet to be decided
Emily Brunett, Tehachapi News

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 105 into law on Thursday, Sept. 12, he set in motion a number of groundbreaking measures concerning prison realignment -- including some that will affect the greater Tehachapi area directly.


Inmate dies of stabbing, head wound in Kern Valley State Prison, cellmate held as lone suspect
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — A 40-year-old inmate has been killed at a Kern County prison and his cellmate is being held as the lone suspect.

Kern Valley State Prison Lt. Jeff Smith said Tuesday that Steven Brenneman was found dead in his cell Monday afternoon. He had fatal stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head.

Jury in California recommends death for serial killer, 79
Arthur Weinreb, Digital Journal

San Rafael - The jury recommended Joseph Naso, known as the "Alphabet Killer" because the four women he was convicted of murdering had identical first and last initials, be put to death for his crimes.


California Passes New Parole Law For Young Offenders
Ryann Blackshere, The Chronicle of Social Change

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a law today that gives juvenile offenders convicted as adults a “meaningful opportunity” for parole.

Victim groups upset over new state parole law for juveniles
Nanette Miranda, ABC 30

VACAVILLE, Calif. (KFSN) -- There is a new law on the books in California that gives children who commit adult crimes a chance, at a second chance. The governor signed it last night. Civil rights groups are pleased, but victim's groups are not. 

Appeals court supports parole for man convicted in Sacramento murder case

Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

An appeals panel has upheld a lower court’s order overriding the state Board of Parole Hearings and granting release to a man imprisoned for a brutal Sacramento murder.

Robert Morales has been in prison 22 years for fatally stabbing one man and critically wounding another following a failed car theft outside a Watt Avenue apartment complex in 1988.


Santa Cruz County honored for jail alternatives program
Jason Hoppin, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ -- A county program that shifts local inmates to home confinement is being honored as one of the most innovative programs in California by a statewide organization that advocates for counties.

Glenn County sheriff seeks state grant to expand jail
Susan Meeker, Glenn County Transcript

Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones hopes to receive a big chunk of the $500 million allocated to counties in June under Assembly Bill 1022 to accommodate the return of more state prisoners to local jurisdictions.

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday authorized Jones to pursue a state grant to build an additional facility onto the existing jail to house up to 28 more inmates.

The law sweeps Big Bear Valley
Judi Bowers,

On Sept. 11, members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s and Probation departments conducted a joint operation in the Big Bear area in relation to AB 109 compliance. The operation yielded a number of arrests along with other charges pending.


Book, film show path from grief to forgiveness
Julian Guthrie, The San Francisco Chronicle

It was around lunchtime on March 21, 1996, when Radha Stern answered the door to her Mill Valley home and saw a somber-looking sheriff standing there. 

"I thought it was because my son hadn't paid his parking tickets," Stern said, sitting in her quiet living room.

Instead, she learned that her 21-year-old son, Christopher, had been shot and killed by his roommate.


RAY JOHNSON: True Self Respect….. Do you Got it?

The Sacramento Observer

OPINION – True Story by a former correctional counselor at the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.
Rayford Johnson, Former Youth Correctional Counselor-13 years, N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (Inmates 18-25 yrs. of age.)