Friday, October 2, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO – Dirty cooling towers were to blame for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that has sickened dozens of inmates and at least four employees at San Quentin State Prison since late August, according to a report Thursday.

Tests showed two of the towers on the roof of the prison’s Central Health Services Building had high concentrations of the bacterium that causes the disease, according to the federal receiver who controls inmate medical care. The report says people walking near the towers evidently inhaled contaminated mist, because no drinking water was affected.

Highland News

Last spring, Community-Based Art at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) received funding from several sources in an effort to extend art into the community: a grant for more than $45,000 from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; $9,864 in grant funding from CSUSB’s Office of Student Research, including the Summer Research Grant and a small travel grant; and an award of $1,500 from the William James Foundation, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco.

Community-Based Art (CBA) is an approach to making, teaching and learning art that directly engages the community. CSUSB art students facilitate art classes in local community sites that otherwise have little or no access to art. As a result, CBA Prison Arts Collective emerged to bring art classes and workshops to those that are incarcerated in the California state prison system.


New program will funnel them into San Quentin for basic code
Kim Steele, Palo Verde Valley Times

LYTHE - A select group of inmates at Ironwood State Prison soon will become part of a new program based at San Quentin State Prison that teaches them how to write basic code.

The program, called The Last Mile, will begin in January at the local prison. ISP inmates who graduate from a preparatory entrepreneurship class will be able to transfer to San Quentin and enroll in Code 7370.

The Associated Press

SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) — Officials say the death of a child molester at a prison on California's Central Coast is a homicide.

Corrections officials said Thursday that 45-year-old Pedro Aguilar was found dead in his Salinas Valley State Prison cell on Monday.

Hillary Jackson, My News LA

A 24-year-old inmate who went missing from a conservation camp near Sylmar is back in custody after nearly a week on the run.

Jesse Jordan Diaz , who walked away from the minimum-security Holton Conservation Camp sometime before 11:25 p.m. Sept. 22, was taken into custody late Tuesday night in Indio, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


FAIRBANKS- Trial is set to move forward in the case of the Fairbanks Four.

Beginning on Monday Kevin Pease, Eugene Vent, George Frese, and Marvin Roberts will be back in court to once again claim they are innocent of the 1997 murder of Fairbanks teen John Hartman.

Revealed in court this afternoon- the first person to take the stand will be William Holmes.


The New York Times

RICHMOND, Va. — A serial killer who sought to block his execution over safety concerns about one of the lethal injection drugs was put to death Thursday night.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rejected a last-minute appeal on behalf of the killer, Alfredo Prieto, 49, whose lawyers wanted his execution delayed as they sought more information about the drugs. The drugs were obtained from the Texas prison system.

Mr. Prieto was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. on Thursday at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarrat.


Eric Woomer, Visalia Times Delta

As the bright orange dawn woke many in Tulare County Thursday, a select group of Norteno street gang members were awoken in a different light.

A Department of Justice-led, multi-agency, multi-county effort to dismantle Nortenos in Tulare County culminated Thursday morning with the arrest of 52 men and women from towns across the county. The District Attorney's Office is calling the sweep the largest gang case ever prosecuted in this county.

Dan Noyes, abc News

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The ABC7 News I-Team has new information about a 32-year-old inmate who died at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on Monday. Sources confirm deputies used a controversial riot gun on the man at close range.

The coroner tells the I-Team an early examination of the body rules out an acute injury; there was no internal bleeding or broken bones. It will take weeks to conclude cause of death. But, we know much more about what happened to the inmate than the sheriff has released so far.