Monday, June 22, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Matt Reynolds, Courthouse News

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Fifteen people were arrested Thursday in a roundup of three L.A.-area street gangs federal prosecutors say joined forces after a Mexican Mafia-ordered truce.

Arnold Gonzales assumed control of the Frogtown, Toonerville and Rascals gangs in the fall of 2010, from Pelican Bay State Prison, where he is serving a life sentence for murder, according to prosecutors.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

VACAVILLE -- California inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate, and it's unclear whether the tough steps state officials took this year to stop illicit drugs from getting into prisons are having any effect, though they are prompting criticism from civil rights advocates.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is spending $8 million this year on drug-detecting scanners and a new breed of drug-sniffing dogs, while also employing strip searches on visitors suspected of carrying drugs.    


Lexie Houghtaling, KBAKTV

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - It was a special Father’s Day at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo as hundreds of kids stepped off the bus to visit their dads in prison.

Get on the Bus, a program that partners with the Center for Restorative Justice Works, provides children and their caregivers with free transportation to the prisons.


Note: “Reporter Erica Mahoney was at Correctional Training Facility in Soledad for the annual Father’s Day Get on the Bus special visiting event. Click the headline to see her video report.”

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

David Bunn, 55, of Davis, has been appointed director of the California Department of Conservation. Bunn has been associate director at the University of California, Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Office of International Programs since 2011 and a project director and researcher at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine since 2003. He served as deputy director at the California Department of Fish and Game from 1999 to 2003, principal consultant and legislative director in the Office of California State Assemblymember Fred Keeley from 1997 to 1999 and was co-founder and field manager at American Trash Management from 1991 to 1996.  Bunn was environmental program director at the California Public Interest Research Group from 1987 to 1990, executive director at the California Agrarian Action Project from 1985 to 1987 and an associate consultant for the California State Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee from 1984 to 1985. Bunn earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in ecology and a Master of Science degree in international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $151,020. Bunn is a Democrat.

Ronald Davis, 45, of Visalia, has been appointed warden at San Quentin State Prison, where he has served as acting warden since 2014. Davis served as warden at Valley State Prison, Chowchilla from 2012 to 2014 and was chief deputy warden at Avenal State Prison from 2010 to 2012. He served in served in several positions at California State Prison, Corcoran from 2006 to 2010, including correctional administrator, facility captain and correctional captain. Davis was a business manager and correctional lieutenant at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 2002 to 2006, served in several positions at Salinas Valley State Prison from 1996 to 2002, including lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer and was a correctional officer at the California Correctional Training Facility, Soledad from 1994 to 1996. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $141,204. Davis is a Republican.

Jonathan Mendick, News & Review

Gabe Becker grew up in Carmichael, and got into playing guitar after listening to punk rock in high school. He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music from Sacramento State before starting his own school, the Becker Guitar Studio (, which utilizes the Suzuki Guitar Program to teach classical music. For the past five years, he’s also been performing at and teaching inmates how to play guitar at California State Prison, Sacramento, and teaching a hip-hop class as part of the state’s Arts-In-Corrections Program. Becker took some time to talk with us about old-school hip-hop and the healing power of music.

How do you break the ice in the hip-hop class?