Monday, June 1, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS
 

Kids celebrate Father's Day with dads at California Men's Colony
The Tribune

More than 200 children were driven to California Men’s Colony on Saturday from throughout California to see their dads for an early Father’s Day.

The Get on the Bus program, organized through The Center for Restorative Justice Works, is in its 10th year in San Luis Obispo. Nine chartered buses with children from as far away as Oakland and San Diego were driven to CMC Saturday, according to organizers.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Park begins sentence for February 2014 shooting
Aaron Crutchfield, Ridgecrest Daily Independent

David Carl Park entered Wasco State Prison earlier this month to begin serving a sentence of more than 32 years for five separate felonies committed during a February 2014 standoff at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

Park, who was the owner of Pro Shop Nutrition in Ridgecrest, was arrested after shooting at police officers from a trailer at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds RV park Feb. 6, 2014. A standoff ensued, which included the lockdown of two schools and a response from the Kern County SWAT team, but Park was arrested about four hours later. No one was hurt in the incident.

Cold case solved? Two men charged in 1978 kidnapping, slaying in Palmdale

Hailey Branson-Potts, The Los Angeles Times

Leslie Long had told her family she was proud to be working a “man's job” as a gas station attendant.

The gregarious 20-year-old had taken the job at a Chevron station in Palmdale to pay for a new bedroom suite in the house she shared with her three young children and her husband, her high school sweetheart.

On Dec. 3, 1978, Long was working a closing shift alone at the station at Palmdale Boulevard and Division Street when two men kidnapped her at gunpoint, raped her and shot her multiple times.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

East Palo Alto man who murdered wife in 1998 to be paroled

Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly

A man who claimed his murdered wife had committed suicide by slashing her own throat was granted parole on Thursday, May 28, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

Bruce Edward Cooper, 52, of East Palo Alto is serving a 16-years-to-life sentence for murdering his wife, Antoinette Michele Smith-Cooper, 35, outside their home on May 22, 1998. Smith-Cooper was found stabbed to death in the driveway of their home on the 2500 block of Annapolis Street at about 2 a.m., according to the San Mateo County Sheriff. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The couple's two children, ages 17 and 9, were inside the home at the time of the incident.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

How Do You Define a Gang Member?
Laws across the country are being used to target young men who fit the description for gang affiliation. But what if they aren’t what they seem?
Daniel Alarcón, The New York Times

On a rainy day last December, in a courtroom in downtown Modesto, Calif., a 24-year-old white man named Jesse Sebourn, along with five co-defendants, sat accused of second-degree murder. The victim, Erick Gomez, was only 20 when he was shot to death. He was a reputed Norteño gang member who had lived just a few minutes’ drive from the working-class Modesto neighborhood where Sebourn was raised. The police estimate that there are as many as 10,000 gang members in Stanislaus County, where Modesto is, most either Norteños and Sureños, two of California’s most notorious Latino street gangs. The feud between them often turns deadly, and according to Thomas Brennan, the district attorney, this was one such instance: Sebourn and his co-defendants were Sureño gang members hunting for rivals on Valentine’s Day in 2013, when they found Gomez, out on a walk with his girlfriend.

Marin kids of jailed parents seek rights, stage rally in San Rafael
Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal

Jessica Stillman remembers her first trips to visit her father in Folsom State Prison at age 9, after both he and Jessica’s mother had been incarcerated.

“The first visits were behind the glass. Those were probably the hardest visits because you don’t get to touch,” Stillman said.

She could see her dad, but they had to communicate via a phone.

Merced County gang sweep nets 75 arrests
Sabra Stafford, Turlock Journal

A 10-hour sweep Thursday through Merced County by law enforcement resulted in the arrest of 75 suspected gang members, including those sought for violent crimes like murder and attempted murder.

The investigation, named Operation Red Right Hand, represents the culmination of a five month long joint investigation into the Norteno criminal street gang and the Nuestra Familia prison gang, which authorities suspect have been responsible for numerous violent crime and drug offenses in Merced County for the past few years.

OPINION

Better mental health care, less litigation
The Sacramento Bee

In January 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown stood beside legal briefs stacked several feet high from lawsuits over prison conditions, and demanded that federal courts give the state back the authority to run its prisons, including providing care for mentally ill inmates.

“We can run our own prisons,” Brown said, announcing another appeal of yet another federal court order requiring that California prisons meet constitutional standards.

All the world’s a stage, even San Quentin
Debra J. Saunders, The San Francisco Chronicle

Julius Caesar lay dead. The senators who took his life stood dumbstruck, faced with the foul deed they had done, then fled in a panic. Mark Antony stared at the corpse in horror, and then raged, “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” He picked up Caesar’s heavily tattooed, lifeless body and exited the stage. The audience gasped.

It wasn’t just the fine performance of LeMar Harrison, a.k.a. Maverick, who played Antony, that moved the crowd. It was the heft of Azraal Ford, the larger-than-life actor who played Caesar. Big Az is a towering, well-built man. Maverick is buff, but shorter, yet he somehow managed to carry Big Az with seeming ease down the aisle of the 300-seat chapel that served as San Quentin’s stage.