Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips



CDCR NEWS

For his exceptional bravery and heroism during a two-minute gunbattle that severely injured the officer who was training him, San Bernardino police Officer Marcus Pesquera was honored with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor during a ceremony in Sacramento on Monday, Sept. 14.

Randi Rossmann, The Press Democrat

A new day of firefighting Tuesday at the 67,000-acre Valley fire brought ramped up efforts as fire officials attempted to take control by bringing in hundreds of new firefighters, dozens more engines and other equipment.

Since Monday morning more than 1,000 firefighters have arrived in Lake County - some from outside of California. They’ve come with about 100 more fire engines and were joined by a beefed up number of inmate hand crews who help cut brush and build fire lines. Bulldozers, crucial to working ahead of fires and cutting lines, also have jumped from 16 Monday morning to 31 Tuesday morning.


CALIFORNIA PAROLE


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California parole officials are agreeing to let prisoners challenge the content of psychological evaluations that are often used to help determine whether inmates are released from state prisons.


CALIFORNIA INMATES


A 30-year-old man serving a life sentence in a Southern California prison has died after fighting with two other inmates, and state officials are investigating his death as a suspected homicide.

A dispute erupted between the three inmates about 3:15 p.m. Thursday in a maximum-security yard at Calipatria State Prison, prison spokesman Lt. Everardo Silva said in a statement.


Lawyers for Ricky Javon Gray, sentenced to death for the 2006 murders of two young sisters in Richmond, are set to argue his case before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today.

Gray, 38, was convicted of the New Year’s Day murders of Bryan Harvey, 49; his wife, Kathryn, 39; and their daughters Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4.

CORRECTIONS RELATED


In a decision reviving a fired California prison guard's retaliation lawsuit, a federal appeals court held on Monday that litigating whistleblower complaints at the state's personnel board doesn't block bringing the same claims in court.

A unanimous panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that state workers can sue under California's Whistleblower Protection Act even if the State Personnel Board rejects their retaliation claims.

County crime rate holds steady
Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego County’s violent and property crime rates fell by about 1 percent during the first half of 2015 when compared to the same period the year before, according to a report released Monday.

Although the numbers are very similar to last year, the findings are still notable since some suspected the passing of the public safety realignment law and Proposition 47 would lead to more criminal activity, said Cynthia Burke, director of the criminal justice research division at the San Diego Association of Governments.