Monday, June 15, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Josh Thompson, Chino Champion

Crime victims could soon receive more money from state prisoners through an improved restitution plan implemented by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Two of the 33 state prisons in California are in Chino: California Institution for Men and California Institution for Women.

Under the updated system announced last month and coordinated with the Franchise Tax Board, prison officials can increase the number of restitution cases referred from the tax board from 1,800 to about 4,000 a month, state prison spokesman Joe Orlando said.

Porterville Recorder

WOODLAKE - Ralph Diaz, 45, of Woodlake has been appointed deputy director of facility operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has served as acting deputy director of facility operations since 2014.


Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal

SAN QUENTIN — It was an off day during the NBA Finals, and the general manager of the Golden State Warriors was in prison.

Last weekend, as Golden State’s players and coaches arrived at their arena for a light practice, Bob Myers and a team of Warriors executives, former college players and pickup basketball regulars surrendered their cell phones and checked themselves into San Quentin State Prison. The gates of California’s oldest correctional institution locked behind them.

Josh Thompson, Chino Champion

About two dozen officers traded in their work uniforms for running clothes Monday afternoon during the annual Southern California Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch run.

Officers from Chino and Chino Hills police departments and California Institution for Men in Chino took part in the run, which is part of worldwide opening ceremonies of local Special Olympic events. The run has raised more than $46 million annually since 1981. Money provides free year-round athletic training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Susan C. Schena, Sonoma Valley Patch

An inmate convicted of a sexual assault in Sonoma County will remain in prison for another five years after having his parole denied at a hearing Wednesday, prosecutors said.

The Board of Parole hearing for 44-year-old Santa Rosa resident David James Battensby took place at the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said a two-person panel ruled that Battensby is unfit for parole because of his mental health, controlled substance addiction and behavior that includes violence and impulsiveness.

Steve Fiorina, ABC10 News

SAN FRANCISCO - The couple labeled the San Francisco Witch Killers, Michael Bear Carson and his second wife, Suzan, are seen smiling as the camera rolls on television file video from the early 1980s. 

They are both on track for early parole hearings due to a new California law that older inmates be given special consideration.

One victim was Clark Stephens, a young man who moved to Humboldt County to grow marijuana in the early 80s. His stepmother Rose Marie Stephens recalls, "He ran into the Carsons, who were traveling through and they were killing witches and she said Clark was a witch and they, therefore, killed him."


Tiffany Camhi, KQED

Bay Area cafes have something of a reputation, maybe a stereotype, for young, hip baristas selling caffeine at top dollar.

So you might not expect the person carefully preparing your espresso to be an ex-convict.

But that is what you’ll find at Big House Beans, a cafe in the East Bay.
Its founder is an ex-con who discovered coffee on his road to redemption.

Melissa Mann, Corrections One

Frequent discoveries of contraband cell phones in correctional facilities have emerged as a serious problem in the last few years. These discoveries result in dangerous security ramifications and have grown into epidemic proportion. Cell phone usage by inmates poses both a safety and security risk by interrupting the monitoring processes in prisons.

Cell phones can record conversations, video images, provide internet access and ultimately be used to commit crimes and threaten facility security. According to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA ) “contraband cell phone use by prison inmates to carry out criminal enterprises is intolerable and demands an effective solution.”