Friday, August 21, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Allie Torgan, CNN

Marin County, California (CNN)Collette Carroll has never committed a crime. By all accounts, the 65-year-old grandmother and churchgoer is squeaky clean. But every week, she walks the halls of California's notorious San Quentin State Prison. And she doesn't want to leave.

Inside, Carroll works with a population of men who are desperate to change. Her mission: to help them do it.


Tracey Petersen, My Mother Lode

Sonora, CA – Convicted three decades ago for raping a child,  now 70, Albert Sydney Ward, formerly of Sonora, was found by the state board unsuitable for parole.

Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg reports Ward’s hearing was held Wednesday at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, in San Diego. Via teleconference, Deputy District Attorney Cassandra A. Jenecke and Victim Witness Advocate Christine Miller testified at the hearing. In a press release, DA Krieg states, “DDA Jenecke argued for continued confinement, based on Ward’s ‘lack of insight, lack of viable parole plans, lack of remorse, his admission to habitual lying, and a diagnosed high risk for violent recidivism.’ The Board of Prison Hearings agreed, and denied Ward parole for 10 years.”

Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

PASADENA >> Police found and arrested a “high-risk” sex offender Wednesday sought for cutting off his court-ordered GPS monitor, officials said.

Jose Armando Cureno, 37, was arrested about 12:25 a.m. at Allen Avenue and Villa Street on a parole violation warrant, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.


The Californian

Gregory Arthur Hoenshell, 35, an inmate at the Salinas Valley State Prison, has pleaded guilty to murder, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

In September 2012, Hoenshell and another inmate, Barry Storey, attacked and stabbed to death inmate Edgar Sultan, prosecutors said. Hoenshell was already serving a sentence for committing murder in Oregon.


Laura Flynn, KALW

On the August 20th edition of Your Call, we continue our week-long series on the US prison system by discussing rehabilitation.

In 2011, Governor Brown signed California’s realignment bill to reduce the state’s prison population. As of last week, it was down by 27,000. What resources are available inside and outside of prison to help people with the transition process? What prevents released inmates from going back to prison?

The Innocence Project wants to help
Siobhan Braun, SD Reader

The California Institution for Women in Chino is dusty and dilapidated. It looks like an abandoned high school outfitted with razor-wire-topped fencing and look-out towers with armed guards.

At 8:00 a.m. on an overcast Saturday morning, a group of visitors awaits entry into the prison. I am wearing a borrowed sports bra because underwire is not permitted inside. It could be used as a shiv or fashioned into a tiny saw or some other unfathomable DIY weapon whose tutorial cannot be found on Pinterest.

Chelcey Adami, The Californian

Authorities uncovered about 30 acres of marijuana illegally grown within corn stalks at locations in San Benito and Santa Clara counties on Wednesday morning.

Search warrants were simultaneously served on the two illegal marijuana grow sites after the San Benito County Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team received information about them over the last few weeks.

Melody Gutierrez and Emily Green, The San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — The release of hacked data from the self-proclaimed cheater site Ashley Madison could be disastrous for more than just marriages. For some of the thousands of people who used their work e-mail addresses to sign up on the website — including more than a few in government — the fallout could spill over to their professional lives.

A Chronicle review of the data dump found that scores of California residents used e-mail accounts issued to them by city, county and state agencies as well as public schools and universities. There are prison guards, professors, safety regulators, court employees and cops. At least two people appear to have used their San Francisco city government e-mail to log on.