Monday, September 14, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Imperial Valley News

SACRAMENTO — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Neil McDowell, 44, of Blythe, has been appointed warden at Ironwood State Prison, where he has been acting warden since 2014 and has served in several positions since 1994, including chief deputy warden, captain, correctional counselor and correctional officer. He was associate warden at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison from 2009 to 2014 and a correctional officer at Eagle Mountain Community Correctional Facility from 1993 to 1994. This position does not require Senate Confirmation and the compensation is $143,604. McDowell is a Republican.


Alyssa Duranty, Orange County Register

WESTMINSTER - An admitted white supremacist was arrested Friday morning at a motel, nearly a week after investigators suspect he killed a man on Labor Day outside a popular Laguna Niguel bar, officials said.

Craig Tanber, a 37-year-old Dana Point man who already served time for another killing, now faces a possible murder charge after Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT officials found him around 6:15 a.m. inside a room at a Motel 6, 13100 Goldenwest St., in Westminster.

“We developed some information in the last 12 hours that led us to that motel on Goldenwest,” sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said.


Josh Peter, USA Today Sports

The month before Lawrence Phillips allegedly murdered his cellmate at Kern Valley (Calif.) State Prison, he wrote a letter to his mother saying he thought his anger might lead to his death or someone else's death.

"I feel myself very close to snapping,'' wrote Phillips, the former star running back, in a letter dated March 5, 2015. "My anger grows daily as I have become fed up with prison. I feel my anger is near bursting and that will result in my death or the death of someone else.''

In the same letter, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports from Phillips' mother, Phillips expressed disgust for the legal system and wrote, "These people are obviously working against me with no regard to the law'' and "will never let me leave prison alive.''

Andy Stiny, Monterey Herald

MONTEREY — A body found by a landscaper in a Monterey yard last week has been identified as Seaside woman Sandra McGee, missing since 1982.

Alfred Powell, currently serving life in prison for the 1983 murder of a Pebble Beach woman, lived in the detached garage on the 1100 block of Third Street where McGee’s and the Pebble Beach woman’s body were found. He is a person of interest in McGee’s death, police said. Powell was seen with McGee before she disappeared, police said.

Julio Morales, Imperial Valley News

A Calipatria State Prison inmate previously convicted of murder died shortly after being stabbed about 3:15 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from prison Correctional Lt. Everardo Silva.

The inmate had been involved in a fight in a maximum-security prison yard located in Facility B with two other inmates, according to the press release.


Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

Seven months after California reduced prison crowding to a level accepted by federal courts, lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown proposals that would create new felony crimes for which people could be locked up.

Three of those four proposals would put more people in prison. And, following a familiar political pattern, all invoke powerful public tragedies, including serial murders in Orange County and a rampage at UC Santa Barbara in which six people were killed.

"It is usually the high-profile, high-emotion cases" that override concerns about prison crowding, said Lizzie Buchen, state coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget, a collection of groups whose acronym, CURB, reflects their opposition to prison and jail expansion.


John Phillips, Orange County Register

Every once in a while, life imitates art in the most eerie and unlikely ways.

I recently caught a rerun of The Simpsons. In the 1992 episode “The Widower,” the evil villain Sideshow Bob, voiced by the great Kelsey Grammar, was caught by the cops right before he was about to torture and kill the show’s main protagonist, Bart Simpson. As Bob is being hauled off to jail, he turns to Bart and declares, “I'll be back. You can’t keep the Democrats out of the White House forever. And when they get in, I’m back on the streets, with all my criminal buddies!” Bob’s testimonial was followed by a lengthy and demonic laugh.

It was a funny way to end a dark episode about a monster trying to kill a child. But there’s also more than a sliver of truth to the sentiment. In the eyes of bleeding-heart liberals, there’s no crime so heinous that it warrants the death penalty. Disturbingly, life in prison without the possibility of parole is itself increasingly being branded as “cruel and unusual punishment” by those on the Left.