Friday, November 1, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California releases controversial prison videos
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

Six videos of dramatic confrontations between mentally ill prison inmates and California prison guards were filed Thursday in federal court, giving the public its first glimpse of what inmate advocates contend are inhumane uses of force.

Tapes show inmates forced from cells by guards using pepper spray
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- Videotapes released Thursday by a federal court show graphic images of mentally ill prisoners in California being forced from their cells by guards who douse them repeatedly with pepper spray.


Woman who killed pimp as teenager released from Calif. prison under new juvenile-offender law

Don Thompson, The  Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — A woman who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing her former pimp was released Thursday under a new California law that allows resentencing of certain inmates convicted as juveniles.

Sara Kruzan Update: Calif. woman who killed pimp as teen released from prison under new juvenile-offender law
CBS News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sara Kruzan, a California woman who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing her former pimp, has been released under a new California law that allows for the resentencing of certain inmates convicted as juveniles.

RIVERSIDE: Sara Kruzan released from prison, in Orange County (UPDATE)

Richard K. De Atley, The Press Enterprise

Sara Kruzan, who spent years fighting what was originally a life  without parole sentence for killing her former pimp in Riverside when she was 16, was released from prison before dawn Thursday, Oct. 31.

CrimeFighters Manhunt: Derrick Davidson

Carlo Cecchetto, CBS 8

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The CBS News 8 CrimeFighters are helping authorities in a countywide manhunt for a felon who is evading authorities.

Derrick Davidson, 36, is wanted by the California Parole Apprehension Team for violating terms of his release. He has a criminal history that includes attempted homicide, felony domestic violence and multiple drug offenses.


Sex offenders closely watched on Halloween, must observe curfew, stay away from children

A Correctional initiative keeps kids safe
Anne Stegan, 23 ABC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is implementing the 20th Annual “Operation Boo.”

Operation Boo helps protect children from sexual predators during Halloween and its new educational component helps parents and teachers show kids how to stay away from potential sexual predators year round.

'Operation Boo' nets convicted pedophiles
Robert Holguin, ABC 7

PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) -- Police officers and parole agents were out in force in the San Gabriel Valley on Halloween night, making sure convicted pedophiles weren't trying to lure trick-or-treaters into their homes. It was all part of "Operation Boo." 

'Operation Boo' successful in Alameda County
Eric Rasmussen,

OAKLAND, Calif. — Parole agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation used a variety of tactics to keep registered sex offenders from coming into contact with children this Halloween.

Operation Boo leads to 13 arrests in Sacramento

Dave Marquis, News 10 ABC

SACRAMENTO, CA - The 20th anniversary of Operation Boo netted 13 parolee arrests on a variety of charges.

Operation Boo keeps tabs on sex offenders
Dana Littlefield, UT San Diego

An otherwise pleasant-looking two-story house in National City was dark this Halloween. No ghostly decorations adorned the home’s white picket fence and no porch light illuminated the way to its closed front door.

Operation Boo keeps tabs on known predators on Halloween

Mariana Jacob, ABC 30

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Parole agents carried out a series of stings this Halloween on sex offenders throughout the Valley. "Operation Boo" aims to keeps known predators off the streets and away from children. 

Parole Agents Crack Down on Sex Offenders on Halloween
Rachael Laine, Central Coast News

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.- Authorities are cracking down on local paroled sex offenders and child molesters this Halloween night.  It's part of Operation Boo and the goal is to make sure kids are safe.


Calif. prison realignment: Many women are serving more time in custody (photos)

Rina Palta, KPCC

Caryn Quincey holds up a photo she keeps in her jail cell at “Twin Towers” lockup in Downtown Los Angeles.

"Different, right?" she said.


Taft forging ahead despite failed contract with LA County

TAFT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A deal that would send Los Angeles County jail inmates to the Taft Community Correctional Facility unraveled at the last minute when L.A. County supervisors voted to nix the plan.

LA Jail System Not Expanding After All As Taft Deal Dies

Saki Knafo, The Huffington Post

Prison reform advocates were appalled when Los Angeles County’s top elected officials last month agreed to lease an empty jail about two hours from Downtown LA.

Sex offender arrested at Calif. Halloween event
The Associated Press

RAMONA, Calif. -- A convicted sex offender wearing a costume has been arrested for allegedly bothering children and offering them candy at a San Diego-area Halloween event.
Authorities say 29-year-old Danny Shaw was arrested Thursday for investigation of being a sex offender harassing children and failing to register as a sex offender.


If only all parolees were like Sara Kruzan
Karin Klein, The Los Angeles Times

Some 19 years after Sara Kruzan, convicted murderer, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, she’s going free. Not that she wasn’t guilty; she openly admits to killing a man at the age of 16, and also admits she deserved to be punished for it. Yet of all the people overcrowding the state’s prisons, Kruzan shouldn’t be one of them. As a January 2011 editorial in The Times noted: