Thursday, October 1, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

CDCR Today

SYLMAR – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that inmate Jesse Jordan Diaz, 24, was taken into custody late last night, approximately seven days after he was discovered missing from the minimum-security Holton Conservation Camp located near the community of Sylmar, in Los Angeles County.

Diaz was taken into custody by CDCR’s Special Service Unit, which had tracked him to the town of Indio. Agents located him with the help of a friend who told agents of a house where Diaz was staying.  He was taken into custody without incident. 

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

KALW

An estimated 40% of people in jails and prisons are infected with Hepatitis C. Because the virus can remain dormant for decades, it's often called the silent killer. From inside San Quentin Prison, reporter Louis A. Scott spoke to fellow prisoners living with Hepatitis C.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Napa Valley Register

A man who shot to death his former wife in 1994 in Napa will remain in prison for another three years after a parole board Tuesday denied his request to set him free.

The parole board ruled that Jerre Allen, now 73, poses an unreasonable risk to the community if he is released, Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said Wednesday.

DEATH PENALTY

Jonathan Bandler, lohud

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Virginia execution of an El Salvador native convicted of killing Yorktown High School graduate Rachael Raver and her boyfriend in 1988.

Alfredo Rolando Prieto, a serial killer convicted for three murders in Virginia and California and linked to six others, was scheduled for lethal injection at 9 p.m. Thursday.

But U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia put that on hold and scheduled a hearing for 2 p.m. Thursday to allow Virginia officials to provide details of the drugs that would be used to kill Prieto.

REALIGNMENT

KQED

Four years ago, under a federal court order, California began to radically transform the way it sentences criminals by allowing non-violent offenders to serve their sentences in county jails rather than state prisons.

At the time, critics worried that the plan, known as realignment, could increase crime and overwhelm counties. But a recent report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that realignment has significantly reduced the prison population with few negative consequences.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

California Healthline

Correctional facility inmates in California and other states sometimes face copayments from a few dollars to as high as $100 when receiving care, according to report by New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, Kaiser Health News reports.
Findings

According to the report, at least 35 states -- including California --  permit copays and other fees for health services at state prisons or county jails.

Lauren Lee White, VICE  

Marie Levin cannot wait to give her older brother a hug and a high-five for the first time in more than 31 years. Roughly three decades ago, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) deemed Ronnie Dewberry (who goes by the name Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa) to be a member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang and put him in solitary confinement in one of the state's security housing units, or SHUs. Since then, Levin has visited her brother in the Corcoran, Tehachapi, and Pelican Bay prisons, always speaking to him through a thick glass window.

"He's been behind the window for a long time," she says.

At the end of every visit, Levin watches her brother put in shackles to be led back to his cell, where he will spend at least 22 and a half hours alone each day. "I remember the first time I saw him behind the glass, when I saw him with chains around his waist, his legs, and his ankles," Levin recalls. "It was hard for me to watch."

Lauren Keene, The Davis Enterprise

WOODLAND — The five suspects in custody for a Davis nightclub homicide are facing an amended set of criminal charges that emphasize what authorities say is the gang-related nature of the crime.

On Tuesday, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office filed a two-page complaint charging Carlos Biviescas, Martyn Alex Contreras,  Anthony Daniel Rivera, Zackary Thomas Sandeno and Victor Manuel Vergara with one count of murder that carries an enhancement for criminal street gang activity, as well as a separate gang charge alleging the defendants “did willfully and unlawfully promote, further, and assist in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang.”

OPINION

Will fear of crime derail state's changing criminal-justice policies?
Steven Greenhut, San Diego Union Tribune

SACRAMENTO — Ask any reformer what it’s like to enact serious change in some massive state bureaucracy, or even in some smaller local bureaucracy, and you’re likely to get an earful. Government agencies aren’t known for their nimbleness — or their willingness to embrace new ideas. Big reforms have to be imposed forcefully from the outside.

That’s why, year after year, California’s educational system lumbers along as usual. And why no matter how many audits or oversight committees are empowered, the California Department of Transportation does its thing as inefficiently as ever. Yet one state governmental system has changed dramatically