Friday, August 14, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, Associated Press

Hugo Pinell, a notorious killer with ties to the 1960s and 1970s black revolutionary movement, spent the last 45 years in California's prison isolation units partly for his own protection. Just days after he was moved into the general prison population, fellow inmates stabbed him to death in an exercise yard.

Now family members are demanding answers, arguing that authorities at the state prison east of Sacramento should have known he would be a marked man. Pinell, 71, became infamous a generation ago for his role as one of the San Quentin 6, helping to slit the throat of San Quentin prison guards during a failed 1971 escape attempt that killed six.

Paige St. John, LA Times

California prison officials on Thursday said two inmates are suspected of stabbing to death Hugo Pinell, a prominent figure in 1970s prison violence who until last year had spent more time in solitary confinement -- 43 years -- than any other state inmate.

Pinell, 71, was among those released from isolation early last year after a statewide prison hunger strike protesting California's practice of holding inmates in isolation indefinitely for association with prison gangs.


Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun

NORCO – The national statistics are alarming when it comes to the number of overweight or obese law enforcement officials on active duty, and their mortality rates are even more alarming.

According to data compiled by the FBI and other law enforcement groups, about 80 percent of sworn police officers, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers and other law enforcement officials are overweight, and 33 percent are classified as obese. About 50 percent are expected to die from heart disease within five years of retirement, and they are 25 times more likely to die from weight-related cardiovascular disease than by the hands of a criminal.

Those statistics underscore the “Battle of the Badges” weight-loss challenge sponsored by the medical weight loss clinic Lindora, and on Thursday, 13 weight-challenged deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and 13 corrections officers from the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco commenced the 10-week weight loss competition with a weighing-in ceremony at the Norco prison.

James Queally and Paige St. John, LA Times

Forty-four years ago, a seemingly innocuous jailhouse rendezvous between a California inmate and his lawyer turned one of the nation's most storied prisons into a killing field.

George Jackson, the founder of the Black Guerilla Family prison gang who was awaiting trial for the murder of a guard at Soledad State Prison, sat across a table from his attorney, Stephen Bingham, inside San Quentin State Prison on Aug. 21, 1971.


The Kitchen Sisters, NPR

Curtis Carroll discovered the stock market in prison. Through friends and family on the outside, he invests from San Quentin State Prison in Northern California, and he's also an informal financial adviser to fellow inmates and correctional officers. Everyone in prison calls him Wall Street.

"I couldn't believe that this kind of access to this type of money could be accessible to anybody. Everybody should do it. And it's legal!" he says.

He pores over financial news: the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes. Business is like a soap opera, he says, and he's always trying to anticipate what will happen next. "I like to know what the CEO's doing," he says. "I like to know who's in trouble."


Chelcey Adami, Salinas Californian

A Salinas Valley State Prison electrician was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl numerous times while she was between the ages of 8 and 15 years old.

Doug Borzini, 40, was arrested around 3:30 p.m. in the prison’s parking lot by Monterey County Sheriff’s Office investigators.