Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR Today

LOS ANGELES — Special agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety located and arrested Joseph R. Gallegos, 29, who had walked away from a Los Angeles re- entry facility on Sept. 16.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, CDCR agents located Gallegos and his girlfriend in Los Angeles. They were arrested without incident.

Gallegos was transported to California Institution for Men in Chino. He is facing new charges of escape. His girlfriend was booked into a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department station on an outstanding warrant.


S.E. Smith, Truth-Out

California is on fire. The wildfires covering over 100,000 acres of the state are so ferocious that they're creating their own weather patterns and are visible from space. In the Valley Fire, which is now covering 61,000 acres at five percent containment, firefighters and evacuees reported seeing embers jump roads as trees exploded and homes burned in rearview mirrors. The 71,000 acre Butte Fire, at 30 percent containment, has destroyed 1,000 structures.

Both blazes, as with other severe fires over the course of the summer, are the result of prolonged drought conditions that effectively turned the state into a tinderbox. There has been plenty of praise for the brave and heroic firefighters who are putting themselves the line to keep the flames from consuming homes and lives - already, four firefighters have been injured and fire crews suffered fatalities in earlier incidents this year.  But there's a part of the story that's not being told: Who's actually part of those fire crews?


Ukiah Daily Journal

If this seems like déjà vu, that’s because it is. For the 29th time since he was convicted in two of the nine gruesome killings conducted by the cult-like Charles Manson “Family” in the late 1960s, 72-year-old Bruce Davis is up for parole.

Gov. Jerry Brown has until the end of December to veto a late August finding by the state Parole Board finding Davis eligible for release from prison. He’s now held in the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.


Phillip Reese, The Sacramento Bee

California juries have sentenced more than 900 murderers to death in the last 40 years. The state has executed 13 of them.

The death penalty in California is receiving fresh attention. A federal appeals court heard arguments last month on whether the state's death penalty is unconstitutional, given the length of time it takes for criminals to be executed. Another effort to repeal the death penalty via ballot initiative just got underway


Taina Vargas-Edmond, The Sacramento Bee

I had been stranded on the side of the mountain highway for more than two hours before anyone stopped to help me. The snow kept falling heavily, I was soaked to the bone and my numb hands were unable to secure the snow chains on my tires.

I was terrified of driving in the snow, through the twists and turns of the Sierra. I hated taking time off work, paying for a motel and the five-hour drive in my 12-year-old car with a broken heater. But it was the only way I could see my husband since his arrest.