Friday, June 12, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Central Valley Business Times

Kelly Harrington, 51, of Roseville, has been appointed director of the Division of Adult Institutions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been acting director since 2014 and served as deputy director of facility operations from 2013 to 2014. Mr. Harrington served in several positions at Kern Valley State Prison from 2008 to 2013, including associate director of high security and transitional housing.


Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — A twice-convicted rapist partway through his 45-year prison stint has sued staff at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville claiming they wrongly took away his Xbox video game console, his color television and its remote control, his electronic piano keyboard and his CDs and cassettes.

Lionel Tate, 66, pleaded guilty to multiple rape charges in 1987 and 1993 in Santa Clara County. He is set to be released from prison in 2037, shortly before his 90th birthday.


Autumn Johnson, Piedmont Patch

A man who was fatally shot by an Oakland police officer on Saturday morning had been wanted by authorities since April for violating his parole for a drug crime, a California Department of Corrections spokesman said Wednesday. Demouria Hogg, a 30-year-old Hayward man, absconded from his parole on April 21, which means that he wasn’t abiding by the terms of his parole, which include meeting regularly with his parole officer, Department of Corrections spokesman Luis Patino said.

Department of Corrections records indicate that over the past 10 years Hogg, who has three felony drug convictions, absconded from parole three times and committed eight other parole violations that caused him to be returned briefly to state prison. Information on the nature of Hogg’s parole violations isn’t available, Patino said.


Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office continues to grapple with violence and smuggling at the County Jail, due mainly to the changing inmate population since state prison realignment in 2011, according to a civil grand jury report.

But it is too soon to realize the effects of last year’s successful Proposition 47 ballot initiative that reclassified many non-violent drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, the grand jury found.


Officials predict a busy fire season. What does this mean for the men and women who make their money from the flames?
Linda Stansberry, North Coast Journal

Speculation is stock-in-trade during fire season. Rumors don't spread, exactly, but grow apace with the high grass watered by late spring rains. The state of the season is monitored with the same weather eye of a lookout watching the horizon for lightning strikes. As they did last year, hotshots check their gear, contractors gas up their trucks and battalion chiefs brief their crews on the latest incident protocol. And, like last year, they wait for the calls to come in. Last year, the waiting lasted a long, long time. Whether this year — the hottest on record — will flame or fizzle depends on a delicate mixture of weather, wind, fuel and human cooperation. And, as in every year, fear and anticipation do an uneasy dance. No one actually wants the world to burn, but many look forward to the money that flows when it does.

"I'm excited. I'm breathing heavy already," says Ken Richardson. "It should be a good year but that's what they said last year and I didn't turn a wheel last year."