Monday, October 7, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


A Look Inside Pelican Bay Prison's Notorious Isolation Unit
Scott Detrow, KQED News

For 60 days this summer, thousands of inmates joined a hunger strike to focus attention on conditions in the Security Housing Units, or SHUs, at Pelican Bay and other state prisons. They say conditions in the units amount to psychological torture.

Griswold: Media get tour of prison in Corcoran
Lewis Griswold, The Fresno Bee 

Reporters last week visited a security housing unit at Corcoran State Prison, where gang leaders and inmates who attack guards or hurt other prisoners are kept.

The tour marked the first time in the prison's 25-year history that reporters were allowed into such a unit, officials said.


Verdict overturned for California Death Row inmate in decades-old slaying

Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

On the morning of Jan. 13, 1987, Steven Edward Crittenden borrowed a knife from his roommate, saying he needed it to repair a stereo and would return it the next day.

Crittenden, then a student-athlete at California State University, Chico, left and would later say he went to the gym.

Calif. man gets 120 years to life in prison for molesting 3 girls at his home for play dates
The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, California — An Orange County man has been sentenced to 120 years to life in state prison and required to register as a lifetime sex offender for molesting three girls between the ages of 9 and 11 while they were visiting his home.


Serial killer's death sentence revives capital punishment debate

Malaika Fraley, Contra Costa Times

In 1977, 19-year-old Larry Roggasch cracked open a six-pack of beer, pouring three on his little sister's freshly covered grave in their native San Jose, and made a promise: He would see that the man who raped, strangled and dumped her on a Marin County hillside be punished.


Community organization receives funding for prisoner mentorship program
Sukey Lewis, Richmond Confidential

Ivory Mitchell remembers the moment when he had had enough of seeing the world from behind bars.

“I was 42 years old going back to prison for my 10th violation,” Mitchell said. “I was up on the fifth tier of west block [San Quentin State Prison] all alone. God put me there to cry out.” Mitchell had reached the point of being completely broken down. “I had to surrender my will,” he said.

Former death-row inmate now an artist
Heidi Hall, The Tennessean

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Most walls in Ndume Olatushani's East Nashville bungalow are white right now, but color swatches on the wall show the way he's leaning.

Thistle Blue in the dining room. Mesa Sunrise in the living room, maybe a shade lighter around the fireplace. Colors reflected in the African robes and head wraps he paints.

Brown signs law limiting Calif.'s participation in federal program for detaining immigrants
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — A package of immigration-related bills earned Gov. Jerry Brown's signature Saturday, including a bill that prohibits local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are arrested for a minor crime and otherwise eligible to be released from custody.


OP-ED: Restorative justice — what is that?

John Kelly, The San Mateo Daily Journal

These words — restorative justice — seem to pop up more and more in various media stories. Until eight years ago, I knew little about it or particularly cared. Then in one of my visits to San Quentin State Prison, I was invited by a friend inside to join a new group to study the issue. A sheer blessing!