Monday, September 21, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Sean Carson, The Union Democrat

Inmates enrolled in college courses at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown will no longer have to pay for course materials, and instead will use electronic reader tablets from the state.

The Office of Correctional Education, part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, approved the tablets, or eReaders, for any inmate in the state enrolled in college courses through the department’s Voluntary Education Program, which offers classes in basic literacy and general education, in addition to college courses.

Roger Phillips, Record

STOCKTON — Forty-seven suspects arrested this week in a three-month law-enforcement mission targeting two warring NorteƱo criminal street gangs in Stockton had their first day in court Friday afternoon amid abundant security called in to oversee the procession of defendants trooping into and out of a jam-packed second-story courtroom.

The handcuffed, orange-clad suspects were brought into Judge Ronald Northup’s court in two groups. The first group of 14 was part of a California Department of Justice effort, Deputy District Attorney Mark Dennings said. The second group of 33 had been arrested by the Stockton Police Department, he said.


David G. Savage, The Los Angeles Times

For the first time in nearly a decade, a California murderer who was sentenced to death is facing execution - but in Virginia.

Alfredo Prieto, a serial rapist and killer, was convicted of three murders in Southern California and northern Virginia and has been identified as the prime suspect in six more.

Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project

Alfredo Prieto has been sentenced to death three times.

The first time was in California, in 1990, for the rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Ontario, near Los Angeles. Fifteen years later, while he was still on California's death row, Prieto's DNA was found to match crime scenes for four different murders in various parts of Virginia committed during the late 1980s (in total he has now been linked to nine murders).

In 2007, California officials allowed him to be tried in Virginia for the 1988 rape and murder of Rachael A. Raver, 22, and the murder of her boyfriend, Warren H. Fulton III. Both had been shot and left in a field not far from Dulles Airport.


Katie Nelson, San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- Michael Tyree didn't have to be in the Santa Clara County Main Jail. The 31-year-old, who battled bipolar disorder much of his life, was supposed to be on the jail's sixth floor only long enough for a bed to open up at a psychiatric facility.

Instead, he was brutally beaten to death in his cell, and three correctional officers face murder charges in a case that is spurring change in the jail system and shedding light on the plight of mentally ill inmates in jails ill-equipped to properly treat them.