Monday, November 4, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Jeffrey Beard's Constant Crisis Control

Scott Detrow, The California Report

Department of Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard may have the toughest job in California politics. He has faced a widespread hunger strike and a never-ending battle with federal judges over control of California’s prisons since he joined the Brown Administration late last year. But this isn’t Beard’s first go-round with those controversial issues.

To listen to the interview follow this link:  Audio Interview

CALIFORNIA INMATES


Program benefits from donation
The Stockton Record


STOCKTON - Juvenile offenders from the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility presented a check for $8,235 to the county District Attorney's Victim Witness Program on Thursday at the youth facility.

Race, murder roil Chico
Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle

For nearly 25 years, Steven Crittenden has been condemned to Death Row at San Quentin State Prison for the gruesome 1987 murder of a prominent Chico couple in their home. Since the day of his arrest, Crittenden has looked for a way to escape, first briefly breaking out of the Butte County Jail prior to his trial, and through endless appeals since he was sent to prison.


Life sentence for defendants convicted of killing California man who picked them up in 1989

The Associated Press


SAN BERNARDINO, California — Two defendants convicted of killing a Southern California man who stopped to give them a ride 24 years ago have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


El Dorado County jury convicts man in 1980s slayings of three teens

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee


A man who previously served prison time for a murder in Washington state has been convicted by an El Dorado County jury of the 1980s slayings of three teenage girls, including 15-year-old Kathy Graves of South Lake Tahoe.




Sacramento judge orders 25-to-life prison term for woman who hid pregnancy, stuffed baby in garbage bag
Kim Minugh, The Sacramento Bee


Courtney Kathleen Addington was a warm, gentle young woman with a love for children and a Christian upbringing by a good family. Before this year, she had a minor criminal history and plenty of friends who loved her.


Inmate Suspected Of Strangling Cellmate At Central Valley Prison

CBS San Francisco

DELANO, Kern County (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central Valley prison, according to state corrections officials.

48-year-old Carmen T. Guerrero was found dead of apparent strangulation at Kern Valley State Prison early Friday morning.

Release of serial rapist to Antelope Valley delayed after housing offer withdrawn

The Associated Press


LOS ANGELES — The release of a serial rapist linked to attacks on dozens of women will likely be delayed after a landlord decided against supporting the man's move to northern Los Angeles County.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


Parolee pleads not guilty to Roseville shoot out charges
Ed Fletcher, The Sacramento Bee


Samuel Nathan Duran, the Roseville shooting suspect who allegedly held law enforcement officers at bay for hours last week, entered a not guilty plea Friday to an array of charges, including seven counts of attempted murder of a police officer.

REALIGNMENT


Sheriff Transfers Inmates to Fire Camps
Santa Clarita Valley News


(Note: This news story is actually a reprint of a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. CDCR was given the chance to edit the release, and suggested rewriting the second and third sentences of the second paragraph. It appears that CDCR’s suggestion was not followed. Here is what CDCR suggested for that section: “CDCR has for decades assigned lower-level offenders to live and work in rural fire camps. However, that segment of the prison inmate population has fallen significantly since Public Safety Realignment (AB109) took effect. Starting in October 2011, offenders who commit non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offense crimes are sent to jail or some other form of local supervision. The Sheriff’s Department is drawing from that offender population to help staff the county’s fire camps.”)

The first 20 inmates were transferred from Los Angeles County Jail to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Inmate Fire Suppression Camps on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The transfer took place at Holton Conservation Camp (Los Angeles County Fire Camp 16), in Sylmar. The Fire Camps are a joint venture of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
 

Fred Avila, Hope pedaller
Rich Greene, The Red Bluff Daily News

A few years ago, back when he owned Fast Wheels Bike Shop, Fred Avila recalls a night when a sheriff's employee showed up at his store with a bicycle handcuffed to a patrol car.

The officer explained that he was driving around when he passed a man who was quite well-known around town for riding on his bicycle.

Study: Changes needed in prison realignment law

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- A study of Gov. Jerry Brown's 2-year-old prison realignment law released Friday recommends major changes that would relieve some of the burden from California's counties.


Under the law, lower-level offenders are sent to county jails instead of state prisons, sometimes for lengthy sentences. When they're released, they're supervised by local probation officers instead of state parole agents.


Two Studies Reinforce Long Term Goals for Prison Realignment
Christopher Nelson, PublicCEO.com


Two studies, one in-state and one national, dominate the world of realignment news this week.
First, Dr. Joan Petersilia, who is one of the most respected researchers on corrections issues in California, just issued volume 2 of her “Realignment in Review” that attempts to answer how California county stakeholders view public safety realignment.

CDCR RELATED


Roseville has worked to reduce gang presence
Ed Fletcher, The Sacramento Bee


Sammy Duran, the tattooed gangster charged this week with seven counts of attempted murder, represents a part of Roseville life that few visitors ever see and that city officials have worked for years to eliminate.


Joe Guzzardi: New technology, innovation works to fight drunk driving
Lodi News


Lodi Mayor Alan Nakanishi described Oct. 22, the day when six were killed and several others injured in a tragic six-car crash, “a black day.” Even more than 2,500 miles away in Pittsburgh, I share the pain and horror of my former friends and neighbors.


Police seize weapons, arrest 16-year-old gang member
Probation search of an East Palo Alto residence yields numerous weapons, ammunition
Elena Kadvany, Palo Alto Weekly 


East Palo Alto Police conducted a probation search of a 16-year-old gang member's East Palo Alto residence on Wednesday, Oct. 30, seizing a loaded semi-automatic handgun, a stolen shotgun, an assault rifle, numerous firearm ammunition magazines and numerous cartridges of ammunition, according to a police department press release.

OPINION


Editorial: Government pension costs rise fast, even as municipalities shed employees
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board


New bills from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to local governments went out last month. The numbers are alarming. To replenish its recession-battered pension fund, CalPERS is requiring cities, counties and special districts to pay out millions more in retirement contributions.