Monday, June 2, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Former Wasco State Prison correction officer Henoc Zamudio has passed away
Zamudio passed away at 4:13 a.m.
Melinda Dionne and Oscar Contreras

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A former Wasco State Prison correction officer who had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer since late February has passed away.

The following statement from a close family friend was received by 23ABC on his passing:
"It is with deep sadness to share that Henoc Zamudio passed away early Saturday morning. 

Henoc was a loving husband, father, son and friend. His wife Ana and his two girls Henna & Anjali want to thank the community for all the love and support they received."


Realignment rehabilitation benefits low-level offenders in Stanislaus County

Erin Tracy, Merced-Sun Star

Andrea Conklin thought she would never again see her son. Billy McCasland Jr. thought he had no chance of getting a job. Larry Muir thought his drug addiction would control him his entire life.

But with the help of rehabilitation programs funded by prison realignment and offered to convicted felons, all three have reached a turning point and achieved goals that once seemed impossible. 

Jail re-entry program to get new life: Grant ends for system to prevent recidivism, county to pay $1.8M
Michelle Durand, San Mateo Daily Journal

County supervisors may spend more than $1.8 million to keep afloat a comprehensive re-entry system helping jail inmates successfully integrate back into society. 

Inmates nearing release were previously served by the federally-funded program Achieve 180 but the four-year $2.94 million grant expired in March, leaving the county to decide whether to let it go or find another way to maintain the program which proponents say has had a significant impact on recidivism by participants. 

AB 109: New approach leads to hope for some former inmates

Patty Guerra, The Modesto Bee

Locked up in jail, Randall Roy missed his son’s first birthday. And his second.

“I had (a total of) 13 years locked up,” Roy said. And he pretty much assumed his future would hold more of the same: stealing cars to support a drug habit, doing time in jail, and then the cycle repeating.


Get on the Bus reunites children with fathers in prison

Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Father's Day is around the corner, and children from across the state gave their fathers a special gift on Saturday morning.

They visited their dads at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, with the help of the non-profit organization, Get on the Bus.

Federal judge's appointee says California prison mental health care is haphazard, inadequate
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is providing haphazard, inadequate psychiatric treatment to its most severely mentally ill inmates, according to a new report by a federal court official.

The report filed in federal court Friday by special master Matthew Lopes found some patients were drugged instead of counseled, returned to prison too soon and rarely received one-on-one therapy.


Man with extensive criminal history headed back to prison for Sacramento-area assault
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A man with a criminal history dating back more than three decades is headed to prison for assaulting the owner of a Sacramento-area restaurant.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros today sentenced Frederick Tanner, 53, to 46 years and four months to life in prison. A jury in April convicted Tanner of four felonies, including criminal threats, assault likely to produce great bodily injury, commercial burglary and possession of stolen property. The jury also found true six prior conviction allegations, including prior strikes, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.


Parole denied West Sacramento man convicted of 1996 gang-related murder
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A man convicted of a 1996 gang-related murder in West Sacramento has been denied parole.
The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced that Daniel Robinson, 38, was found unsuitable for parole by the Board of Parole Hearings. The hearing was held at Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County. It was Robinson’s first parole hearing after 18 years in prison.


Deaths underscore record of poor medical care at the Sutter County jail
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

Nathan Prasad had been in the Sutter County jail for a few days when his health began to fail and he started asking for help. Repeated pleas for medical attention got him nowhere, his mother said, and he finally turned to his cellmates.


Editorial: Study on Inland jails must include incarceration reform
The Press Enterprise

Riverside County’s growing population unfortunately means an increasing number of prisoners in county jails. Despite its continuing fiscal problems, the county is starting to deal with that problem. We’re encouraged with the new focus, and mainly are concerned that analysis and options include some of the latest ideas in penology, not just the construction of more beds.