Monday, November 2, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


6,600 Federal Inmates to be Released this Weekend

By CNN Wire

(CNN) — The biggest federal inmate release on record will take place this weekend.

About 6,600 inmates will be released, with 16,500 expected to get out the first year. More than 40,000 federal felons could be released early over the next several years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission said.

2 Sex Offenders Arrested in "Operation Boo," Authorities say

By Megan Rupe, YourCentralValley

It's a busy night for little ones, cleaning up with loads of candy. Like Tammi Tompkins and her grandkids.

"The people are great, the kids are great, it's a safe place," Tompkins said.

There's another group out tonight: parole agents. They're checking on sex offenders as part of "Operation Boo."


FCC decides to slash prison phone rates — and maybe recidivism 
By The Associated Press

The Federal Communications Commission just took a huge step that could transform correctional policy across the country. It voted to slash the cost of calls from prison, which can run as high as $14 a minute, and to cap the cost of an in-state or local call at $1.65 for 15 minutes.

The decision will radically change many of the practices that have sprung up around prison communication, which has become a bustling industry since 1996, the first year that two private telecommunications companies started providing service to prisons.

Three CSP, Solano inmates hospitalized
By Sally Schilling, The Reporter

Three inmates in California State Prison, Solano were transported to outside medical facilities with stab wounds Friday afternoon.

An incident occurred on the Facility A Yard on the Level III side of the prison at approximately 2:38 p.m., according to Correctional Lt. Marlaina Dernoncourt, who also is the public information officer for CSP, Solano.


Parole denied for Missoula kidnapper 
By Dennis Bragg, KPAX

The State Parole Board is denying parole for a Missoula man who was convicted for kidnapping, torturing and threatening to kill his girlfriend more than 20 years ago.

Rory Castle was sent to prison in 1993 for kidnapping, assault and theft after prosecutors accused him of holding his girlfriend against her will for about a year.

Greenfield man arrested for drugs, weapons and more
By Chelcey Adami, The Californian

Greenfield police arrested a man Thursday after finding heroin, marijuana, a gun, gang indicia and cash from suspected drug sales at his Chardonnay Drive home.

The discovery occurred as the Police Department was executing a maximum deployment to conduct probation, parole and sex offender compliance checks.

Officers from Greenfield police, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and California State Parole were conducting parole compliance checks on Gregorio Lee Castaneda, 22, at 234 Chardonnay Drive in Greenfield when they found the narcotics, firearms and more, according to Greenfield police.


Voters may weigh competing death penalty measures on 2016 ballot

By Maura Dolan and Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times

A pro-death penalty group unveiled a ballot measure Friday that would require death row inmates to work in prison and provide new deadlines intended to expedite appeals.
The measure, which would appear on the November 2016 ballot, is aimed at speeding up executions in California. The state has executed 13 inmates since 1978, but nearly 750 remain on death row, the largest in the nation. Most condemned inmates die of suicide or illness.


Wrongful convictions are focus of Court Watch event

By Special to The Enterprise

Preventing wrongful convictions is the focus of the Vanguard Court Watch’s annual dinner, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria, 1100 W. Capital Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner and speakers will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Vanguard Court Watch is a nonprofit that monitors and reports on court cases in Yolo County and the Sacramento region.