Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Some suggest San Quentin land is ripe for development

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KTVU) -- There are few pieces of Bay Area real estate with a more spectacular location than San Quentin State Prison, a fact that leaves many residents wondering why California houses its death row penitentiary on such a valuable piece of property.

San Quentin opened in July of 1852, and in one part of the building, the prison is showing its age.


CA Won't Block Surgery for Transgender Inmate
Nick Cahill, Courthouse News

SACRAMENTO (CN) - California prison officials have set a date with doctors for the first sex-reassignment surgery on an inmate in the state's history, new federal court documents show.

Transgender inmate Michelle Norsworthy will receive the historic surgery on July 1 as long as she passes preliminary checkups and health screenings. In a status report filed Friday by the court-appointed receiver for the state's prison medical care system, Clark Kelso said the state has reached an agreement with Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services to perform the surgery at Marin General Hospital.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Kimberly Long Is in Prison for Killing Her Boyfriend. She Says She Didn't Do It—and the Evidence Is on Her Side
Brian Blueskye, CVIndependent

Kimberly Long spent the day of Oct. 5, 2003, bar-hopping around the Corona area with her boyfriend, Oswaldo “Ozzy” Conde, and their friend, Jeff Dills.

The three ended the day at a bar called Maverick’s and then went to the home she shared with Long, around 11 p.m. There, she and Conde got into a fight, after which Long left with Dills to cool off.


Deported 'Home': Kosal Khiev's Path from Prison to Poetry

Sahra Vang Nguyen, NBC News

It was during solitary confinement when Cambodian American spoken word artist, Kosal Khiev, found his voice through a weekly prison writing program.

Having made some bad decisions as a teenager, Khiev was arrested at fifteen after a gang-led shooting. A year later, he was found guilty by association for attempted murder and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Road Twenty-Two's convention T-shirts help women find a post-prison path
Adam Tschorn, The Los Angeles Times

Political conventions are hardly a hotbed of haute couture, but what people choose to wear at them -- from the simplest of screened T-shirts to the most larded-up logo-wear -- speaks just as loudly and profoundly as any runway confection. A recent case in point: one of the T-shirts commissioned for last weekend’s California Democratic convention in Anaheim.

For a Friday night event presented by the California Young Democrats, organizers ordered 500 T-shirts and tote bags bearing the words “Turn Up” (a reference to the slogan “Turn Up for Turnout”) on one side and the letters “CDY” (the group’s initials) on the front, each accompanied by an arrow and star graphic. (They also made 50 T-shirts with “Newsom” printed on one side and “California” on the other for the lieutenant governor.)  The message wasn’t in the logo, though, but the accompanying label was marked with a simply, stylized “22.”

The ‘Death Row Chaplain’ Who Played Chess With Charles Manson
Grim Reaper, Katie Zavadski

Earl Smith on praying—and playing—with men sentenced to die in San Quentin.

The last game of chess Earl Smith played was with a man who was about to die.

For 23 years, Smith was a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in California, often ministering to men sentenced to die. Smith recounts his experience in a new memoir, aptly titled Death Row Chaplain.


Marin IJ Editorial: Reflecting importance of a diploma
Marin Independent Journal‎

To the casual observer of commencement at Dominican University of California, Bill Merkle could have been mistaken for an older member of the faculty who had donned his robe and mortar board for the graduation.

But the 82-year-old Merkle was seated with his fellow students, having earned the diploma for a personal achievement he had given up on 36 years ago.