Friday, September 20, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Condoms behind Bars: A Modest Proposal to Cut STIs in California Prisons
Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American

A “harm reduction” approach to public health, rather than an abstinence or look-the-other-way policy, scored another win this month when the California state legislature gave the green light to a bill that would provide condoms for adult prison inmates. The plan, to furnish all the state’s prisons with condoms–likely through vending machines–was put forward despite the fact that it’s illegal in the Golden State to have sex behind bars. The bill, approved last week by the state’s assembly and senate, now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, where it will await its fate.


Death row inmate returns to Fresno 35 years after killing

Pablo Lopez, The Modesto Bee

FRESNO — More than three decades after Douglas Ray Stankewitz shot and killed 22-year-old Theresa Graybeal and bragged to his friends – “Did I drop her or did I drop her?” – he has returned to Fresno for a third retrial of his death sentence.

Stankewitz, 55, has been on California’s death row longer than any other inmate. He checked into the Fresno County Jail this week and has a hearing today in the downtown courthouse.

Woman pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in killing of San Diego police officer
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A woman who surrendered to police after a shootout that killed a San Diego officer has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

U-T San Diego says 24-year-old Melissa Ortiz entered the plea Thursday and agreed to a sentence of more than 25 years in prison. She also pleaded guilty to an unrelated robbery.

Ex-president of Paso's Heritage Lending gets 5 years in prison
San Luis Obispo Tribune

The former president of a Paso Robles lending company was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday after pleading no contest in August to five felony counts of securities fraud.


Parolees to pick up trash along highways in Fresno
Carmen George, Fresno Bee

More parolees will be cleaning up Fresno County highways over the next three years through a new Caltrans agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The statewide program has been in place since 2009, but Fresno County joined in officially on July 17.


Probation crackdown nets 9 arrests
Jeremiah Dobruck, Daily Pilot

Costa Mesa police arrested nine people Tuesday during a seven-hour probation sweep through the city.

Five arrests were made at the same motel, according to a Police Department news release. Police said they picked up three people on probation and two other individuals on drug violations at the Vagabond Inn on Harbor Boulevard just south of the 405 Freeway.

Defenestration Fails as Parolee is Nabbed on Heroin Charges

Robert L.  McCullough, Crime Voice

SANTA BARBARA – Felons out on parole after serving recent prison sentences are generally expected to walk the straight and narrow, as the prospect of parole violations leading to even more prison time looms large.


S.J. jobs outlook brighter

Pacific forecast points to Amazon, prison facilities
Joe Goldeen, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - Brand-new large-scale employers, an improving market for real estate and increased construction activity - especially in the west Tracy area - are expected to help the greater Stockton area lead job growth in Northern California for the next year.

TBN's Second Chance Prison Outreach Takes Life-Changing TV to Nearly One Million Inmates

TBN Second Chance, the prison outreach launched in 2007 by Trinity Broadcasting Network, said that its impact has extended to over 750 prisons and a potential of nearly one million inmates.

Prison experts and state corrections officials consider it one of the most effective faith-based programs for impacting inmates with positive content that can help steer them in a positive direction. Since its launch in 2007 it has been installed in over 750 corrections facilities nationwide, with a potential impact of nearly one million inmates.