Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee 

Officials with the California Medical Facility in Vacaville are investigating an attack by an inmate on a correctional officer Tuesday morning.

About 1:40 a.m., a correctional officer working in the medical facility’s psychiatric services unit was attacked by an inmate with an unidentified weapon. The officer was able to fight off the attack and secure himself in a safe area, according to news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

A correctional officer at the California Medical Facility (CMF) was attacked by an inmate with a weapon early Tuesday morning.

CMF officials are currently investigating the attack as an attempted homicide.

At approximately 1:40 a.m., while working in CMF’s Psychiatric Administrative Segregation Unit, a correctional officer was attacked by an inmate with a weapon, according to a press statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The statement did not specify what type of weapon.


The Battle of the Badges, which included a mock weigh-in, highlights the risks of heart disease among law enforcement officers.
Patrick O’neill, The Press-Enterprise‎

The guards formed a line inside the California Rehabilitation Center, meeting San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies face to face.

Photographers snapped pictures as some opponents balled their fists in feigned aggression. Two men flexed over protruding guts. Others nodded and shook hands with adversaries.


For $2 a day, “It’s a hairy adventure, let me tell you.”
Eli Hager, The Marshall Project

As the state of California enters its fourth year of record-breaking drought, parched forests are erupting in flames. So far in 2015, at least 4,382 wildfires have razed over 117,960 acres of woods, threatening thousands of homes and contributing to Gov. Jerry Brown’s unprecedented decision to restrict the amount of water Californians can use.

California employs about 6,000 professionals to fight its many wildfires. But because that’s not nearly enough to do the job, the state also assigns 4,000 prison inmates to work in the fire camps, clearing out brush and battling 50-foot-high flames.

Jose Diaz-Balart, MSNBC

Mother Jones’ Julia Lurie reports on the thousands of low-level offenders on the front lines of California’s active fires as part of a volunteer program that allows inmates to do manual labor outside of prison.

Tomas Monzon, UPI

CHELAN, Wash., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- As wildfires along the west coast of the United States continue to burn, fire-fighting resources are quickly being depleted and new evacuations were spurred Wednesday.

Wildfires have forced new evacuations in Oregon and California since Sunday. Additionally, thousands were left without power in Washington and the San Fransisco Bay Area has been covered in a gray haze.

Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE -  A 26-year-old inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison man was charged this week in a fatal stabbing in Watsonville that had stumped authorities since 2008.

Raymond Emmett Cervantes was walking on the 900 block of Lincoln Street in Watsonville about 7:40 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2008, when he was approached by three men and stabbed in the back several times, Watsonville police said at the time. The men fled in different directions.


Hillary Jackson, My News LA

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to send the governor a letter opposing parole for a man who helped plan the 1985 Halloween murder of a Los Angeles police detective who was ambushed while picking up his 6-year-old son.

Voltaire Alphonse Williams was convicted in 1989 of conspiracy in the plot to kill 42-year-old Los Angeles police Detective Thomas Williams, who was not related to him. He was acquitted of a first-degree murder charge.

Lolita Lopez, NBC Southern California

A man who conspired to kill a police officer is recommended for parole, but officers, the victim's family, and others are writing letters, asking Gov. Jerry Brown to keep him behind bars.

The case is from 30 years ago but remembered today, some say, like it was yesterday.

LAPD Detective Thomas Williams picked up his 6-year-old son from day care at a church in Canoga Park on Halloween day in 1985 when shots rang out.


Kristina Houck, Del Mar Times

NOTE: Karma Rescue operates the “Paws for Life” dog-training program for inmates at California State Prison-Lancaster.

Although based in Los Angeles, animal rescue organization Karma Rescue aims to expand its programs throughout Southern California into San Diego County.

To help it accomplish its goals, local animal advocate Joan Luber Jacobs is hosting a “Paw Raiser” for Karma Rescue on Sept. 12 at her Del Mar home.