Friday, September 4, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Thomas Geyer and Tara Becker, QuadCity Times

Authorities have suspended the search for a prison inmate who escaped from an inmate transportation service Wednesday near Princeton, Ill.

Illinois State Police trooper Jason Wilson said Thursday that calls pertaining to the escaped inmate, Joshua Lee Drinnon, will be investigated on a case-by-case basis.

Matt Fountain, The Tribune

A man sentenced in San Luis Obispo County to 17 years in prison for a 2012 robbery escaped from a transport unit Wednesday evening in Illinois.

Joshua Lee Drinnon, 35, was serving his sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego when he was sent to an out-of-state hearing on another robbery conviction and escaped.

LA Daily News‎

LOS ANGELES — An inmate who escaped Tuesday from a Los Angeles re-entry facility where he was finishing out his sentence was back in custody today at the state prison in Chino.

Hugo Andalon, 21, had been scheduled to be paroled later this month. He had been participating in the Male Community Reentry Program in Los Angeles County since July 21 and scaled a fence to make his getaway, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Timothy Williams, The New York Times

In a sign of how far the nation has moved from supporting solitary confinement for inmates, the leading organization for the nation’s prison and jail administrators on Wednesday called for sharply limiting or even ending its use for extended periods.

The statement from the Association of State Correctional Administrators, whose members are largely responsible for the growth in solitary confinement in recent decades, is its most forceful to date on the practice. Calls for reducing the use of solitary have taken on greater urgency since President Obama ordered the Justice Department in July to review its use in federal prisons.


Paso Robles Press

Steven “Troy” Ojeda passed away on Aug. 26, 2015. He was born March 19, 1968 in Atascadero.

He moved to Encinitas for some of his school age years and returned to Templeton to finish his junior and senior years of high school. At Templeton High School, Troy was part of their basketball and football teams. After graduation, Troy started Cuesta College to complete his general education. In 1990, Troy was hired on with the Department of Corrections at the California Men’s Colony where he worked his way up to Correctional Sergeant. He then transferred to Wasco State Prison–Reception Center where he held many positions such as, Correctional Sergeant, Correctional Lieutenant, Correctional Counselor II (Specialist). Troy then transferred to North Kern State Prison. With his strong work ethic, he promoted to Captain. Finally, he returned to Wasco State Prison–Reception Center as an Associate Warden.

Kale Williams, The San Francisco Chronicle

Another prisoner at San Quentin State Prison has tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease, bringing the total of confirmed cases to seven, as scores more remain under observation, officials announced Thursday.

Even so, services at the prison took another step back toward normality as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said that visiting hours for inmates on death row would resume Thursday and normal showers were expected to be restored for prisoners by Friday.

Nancy Mullane, KALW

The outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease at San Quentin State Prison in the last week sickened six inmates and sent dozens more to the medical ward.

The disease, which can be transmitted through water, forced plumbing shutdowns at the penitentiary. Kenneth Brydon is one of the inmates who was treated for symptoms including diarrhea.

He phoned KALW contributor Nancy Mullane to talk about how the disease has disrupted the prison.

Jennifer Crane, The Sacramento Bee

Folsom prison museum volunteers are no longer singing the blues after receiving a green light from Gov. Jerry Brown to replace their 900-square-foot building with a new facility more than 30 times as large.

Brown signed Assembly Bill 166 on Aug. 17. It allows the state Department of General Services and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to enter a lease for a proposed 30,000-square-foot museum, the Big House Prison Museum, next to Folsom prison, which is formally known as California State Prison, Sacramento.


Dan Lawton, Contra Costa Times‎

OAKLAND -- A state appeals court has tossed out the conviction of a man accused of assisting in a 2006 triple slaying of an Oakland family while affirming a guilty verdict for the gunman -- his brother.

The three-judge panel unanimously agreed Wednesday that Tewodros Gebreselassie deserves a new trial because a judge incorrectly admitted two statements from a detective that undermined Tewodros' credibility.


New website has data on in-custody deaths, arrest rates, officers attacked.
Brian Rokos, The PressEnterprise

Information on in-custody deaths in the Inland Empire and around the state that once required numerous public-records requests and plenty of patience is now available almost instantaneously to anyone with a computer.

The state Department of Justice on Wednesday, Sept. 2, unveiled a state-run website that also provides data on law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty, and arrests and bookings. Names of individual officers and inmates are not listed. State officials say the website will likely be expanded to include additional databases.

Matt Fountain, The Tribune

A former state prison guard convicted of pointing a loaded handgun fitted with a laser sight at a motorist during a 2014 road rage incident in Paso Robles avoided jail time and instead received probation Wednesday.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Roger Picquet sentenced Anthony James Behrens, 53, a former guard at Kern Valley State Prison, to three years of formal probation after Behrens was convicted by a jury Aug. 7 of brandishing a weapon at a person in a motor vehicle, a felony, and unlawful laser activity, a misdemeanor.

Kimber Laux, Las Vegas Review-Journal‎

A 37-year-old man wanted in California on charges of lewdness with a child was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas, the U.S. Marshals Service announced.

David R. Mason was wanted by the California Department of Corrections on an original charge of "lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14," the marshals service wrote in a release Wednesday afternoon.