Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Imperial Valley News

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

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. Harrington served in several positions at Kern Valley State Prison from 2008 to 2013, including associate director of high security and transitional housing, warden and acting warden. He served in several positions at Wasco State Prison from 2003 to 2008, including chief deputy administrator and correctional administrator, and from 1997 to 2000, including facility captain and correctional counselor. Harrington was a correctional administrator and facility captain at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Community Correctional Facilities Unit from 2000 to 2003, a correctional counselor at North Kern State Prison from 1995 to 1997 and a correctional counselor and officer at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi from 1987 to 1995. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $163,200. Harrington is a Republican.


Katherine Proctor, Courthouse News

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A transgender California woman seeking sex-reassignment surgery seemed to curry favor from the Ninth Circuit on Monday.

Mia Rosati, though state records still call her Philip, filed her 60-page handwritten complaint from the San Diego's R.J. Donovan State Prison where she is serving 80 years to life for murder.


The Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge's reversal of a death sentence in the 1981 murder of a baby in San Bernardino County because of an error in instructing the jury about so-called special circumstances that enable capital punishment.

In August 1982, a jury convicted Brett Pensinger of two counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree murder in the death of five-month-old Michelle Melander, whose mutilated body was found a year earlier.


This month, L.A. County's Probation Department will start paying the rent for hundreds of homeless probationers. "Breaking Barriers" may be the first criminal justice program of its kind in the nation.
Rina Palta, KPCC

Under a program administered by the county's Department of Health Services, 300 homeless ex-felons under the supervision of a probation officer will get a case manager, employment services, any substance abuse and mental health services they need, and a permanent home in a rental property. The program will cost probation $4.2 million of its own funds, which will be paired with a $2 million donation from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

"You might bear some significant costs up front, but the assumption is it's more of an investment, because the individuals will then not continue to cycle through the criminal justice system," said Assistant Probation Chief Margarita Perez.

David Stout, The New York Times

Vincent T. Bugliosi, who successfully prosecuted the cult leader Charles Manson and several acolytes for the savage murders of the actress Sharon Tate and six other people in August 1969, then became a best-selling writer of true-crime books, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

He had been treated for cancer, his son, Vincent Jr., told The Associated Press in confirming the death.