Thursday, August 20, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Guard shot inmate to death in California prison riot, officials say

Alex Dobuzinskis                                                                                               

A guard at a California prison shot to death an inmate who was attacking another prisoner with a shank during a riot over the weekend, just days after a deadly riot at another correctional facility in the state, officials said on Wednesday.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the latest riot, which occurred on Sunday at California Correctional Center at Susanville in the northern part of the state, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

A second inmate has died in the last week during fighting at a California state prison, this time shot by a guard's rifle even as he was stabbed by other inmates, officials said Wednesday.

The latest outbreak, a dining-hall melee at the California Correctional Center in Susanville, was the fifth violent episode in a state prison after the Aug. 12 killing of notorious inmate Hugo Pinell and a subsequent riot in a prison near Sacramento.

California corrections officials said they do not believe the violence is related.


Facility aims to rehab ex-felons
County leaders gather to dedicate $4.5 million center for probation

When the state reduced the state prison population by shifting the responsibility of custody, treatment and supervision of non-violent inmates in October 2011, local police and sheriffs' departments were unprepared. Places like Stanislaus County didn't have adequate programs in place.

That's changing thanks to a new $4.5 million Day Reporting Center dedicated Thursday morning at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on Hackett Road in Ceres.

The purpose of the center is to turn those on probation and/or released from prison away from a life of crime and drugs and toward a productive future, said Stanislaus County CEO Stan Risen.

The number is, as the San Francisco Chronicle described it, “startling.” Based on data from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), “burglaries” from vehicles were up 47% in the first six months of the year compared to 2014.

Law enforcement had been predicting a big jump in crime as two new policies take hold. Court-directed prison realignment assured that low-level felons spend less time in prison, to reduce severe overcrowding. And Proposition 47, passed in November, reclassified some felonies as misdemeanors.

The numbers improved in July, according to SF OpenData, the police department’s online crime database. But not enough to lower those raised eyebrows. OpenData shows a 46% increase in “larceny/theft” from locked and unlocked autos (petty and grand thefts) as of June 30, compared to the same period last year.


SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz County supervisors this week approved a plan to let County Jail inmates volunteer to fight wildfires alongside Cal Fire firefighters and state prison inmates on fire crews.

Because there are fewer state prison inmates with the state’s prison overhaul and its reduced sentences for low-level offenders, leaders of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have asked county leaders to allow county inmates to participate in the state firefighting program. Craig Wilson, chief deputy of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday that he wants to allow three county inmates serving sentences of one year or more to participate in the state’s fire camps.

Soledad >> In the midst of one of California’s worst droughts on record, and a devastating start to the fire season, there are 125 inmates working out of a Monterey County state prison fire camp. But the inmates are not local.

The inmates are housed at the Gabilan fire camp in Soledad and coming from other counties.

There’s no contract between the county and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that would allow some low-risk county jail inmates to work as firefighters. And jail officials said there are no present plans to make the change, though it could potentially help with its overcrowded jail population by allowing inmates to serve their sentence at the fire camp.


A 25-year-old Coachella gang member accused of the Aug. 12 shootings of his girlfriend -- whom he allegedly had wounded in another shooting less than a month before -- and another man in Indio pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and other charges.

Lawrence George Moreno was charged earlier Wednesday with two counts of attempted murder, and one count each of burglary, witness intimidation and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Moreno, who also goes by ``Little Chubbs,'' also faces nine sentence-enhancing allegations.


A proposed $90 million expansion of Richmond’s West County Detention Facility will move on to state officials next week after a 3-1 vote in favor by the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor John Gioia’s lone vote against the project, however, may prove fatal for a proposal that has faced opposition from the Richmond City Council, the faith community and immigrant rights activists.

Sheriff David Livingston put his case to the board on Tuesday, saying that he needs the 400 new beds at West County and a state of the art facility to humanely house and treat inmates currently held at the overcrowded Martinez Detention Facility. Martinez, which opened in 1981, was built for single-cell occupancy, but inmates there are double-bunked and, according to the sheriff, not receiving mental health treatment or services for re-entering the community—like job training or education.