Thursday, October 3, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Community mourns former warden

Chelcey Adami, Imperial Valley Press

Members of the community are mourning the loss of a former warden of Calipatria State Prison who died of undisclosed causes Friday.

Larry Small, 63, began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1972.

Experts describe gang, drug scene in Santa Cruz

Shanna McCord, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ -- Preventing kids from joining a gang comes down mostly to one thing, according to a former gang member who spent time in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison.
Steering young people into healthy after-school activities such as football, soccer, dance or kickboxing would go a long way to keeping them out of gangs and a subsequent life of violence and crime, Willie Stokes of the Black Sheep Redemption Program told the Santa Cruz Public Safety Citizen Task Force on Wednesday.


Centinela State Prison celebrates 20th anniversary

Heric Rubio, Imperial Valley Press

While most people do everything possible to stay away from, and out of, prison, for one day community members willingly made the trip to Centinela State Prison west of Seeley.
The prison, which opened its doors and received its first inmates on Oct. 1, 1993, celebrated its 20th anniversary Wednesday afternoon.


Board of Supervisors to be put on probation, city attorney to be enjoined

Robert Greene, Los Angeles Times

If Los Angeles County government were a criminal offender, The Times wrote Tuesday in an editorial, corrections officials would say it is in need of a short and swift punishment to get its attention, refocus on reality and consider its options for change.

The subject was the second anniversary of AB 109 public safety realignment, and the county’s poor decisions on spending and its squandering of opportunities in the legislation to make realignment work with smarter, more efficient use of jail space and community corrections service providers.

Anti-jail groups launch P.R. offensive against county
Abbey Sewell, Los Angeles Times

Community groups launched a public relations offensive against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday over what they characterized as the county's failure to look beyond incarceration in the two years since state prison realignment.

Woodland begins new 'predictive policing' program to cut crime
Jim Smith, Daily Democrat

It may not be the fictional "Precrime" of the movie "Minority Report," but beginning Tuesday night, Woodland's police started using a computer program to predict future criminal acts.

Briefing the Woodland City Council Tuesday, Police Chief Dan Bellini said the "Predictive Policing" software cost $25,000 a year and should go a long way toward reducing criminal activity.

Sex offender sweep ends with 8 arrests in Solano County
The Reporter

A week-long series of compliance checks by the Sheriff's Office and allied agencies landed eight Solano residents behind bars, officials announced Tuesday. 

Members of the Solano County Sheriff's Office Investigations Bureau were assisted by the Sheriff's Enforcement Team (SET), the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (Cal-MMET), the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force (NC3TF), the Solano County Probation Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole as they conducting compliance checks on registered sex offenders in Vacaville and Vallejo, according to a press release from Deputy Daryl Snedeker, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Kern County Sheriff's Office 'Offender Watch' tool maps sex offenders near any address
Anne Stegan and Lesley Marin, 23 ABC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - There are approximately 1300 registered sex offenders within the jurisdiction of the Kern County Sheriff's Office, according to KCSO officials.

The KCSO Offender Watch program is a tool to find out where registered sex offenders are living, and to be notified when a registered offender moves into an area.


Lawsuit alleges brutal treatment of mentally ill inmates in California prisons
Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

One therapy session for mentally ill inmates took place with each of them shackled at the arms and ankles, standing inside metal cages the size of phone booths.

Another consisted of showing the prisoners movies that had nothing to do with mental health treatment, including one that focused on reggae music.

A third was scheduled to offer treatment to nine inmates; none showed up.


Alameda County Is Ninth in Nation For Death Row Inmates
A report looks at the geography of capital punishment and finds a disparity between northern and southern Alameda County.
Alex Gronke, Livermore Patch

A new report looking at the uneven geographic distribution of capital punishment shows Alameda County is ninth in the nation and fourth in California when it comes to people on death row.
At the start of 2013, there were 43 people sentenced to die from Alameda County, according to the report released Wednesday by the Death Penalty Information Center.


Donald R. Slinkard: Common sense is on trial in Fresno courts
Fresno Bee

Common sense is on trial in Fresno. Douglas Stankewitz is back in town and Loren LeBeau is in prison for 12 years.

The state Supreme Court has confirmed Stankewitz's conviction of a 1978 murder. Upon appeal, his death sentence has been reversed twice. He's here, 35 years later, for trial No. 3. But his attorney says it will take him another year and a half to wade through thousands of documents before he can go to trial. Was no one aware of that possibility before Stankewitz was transported from San Quentin's Death Row to the Fresno County Jail?