Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


The Washington Times

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials say the death of an inmate serving a life sentence at a Central Valley prison is being investigated as a homicide.

The inmate, 51-year-old Rufus Hodges, was found dead in his cell Monday at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.

Inmate death follows on heels of unrelated Nov. 6 riot
Mike Eiman, The Sentinel

CORCORAN — An inmate at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran was found dead Monday morning in what is being investigated as a possible homicide, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) said.

Prison medical staff pronounced inmate Rufus Hodges, 51, at 8:02 a.m. after he was found unresponsive in his cell.

Lt. Erick Smith, a spokesman for the prison, said Tuesday that Hodges’ cause of death has not yet been determined.


Josh Peter, USA TODAY

Lawrence Phillips might face the death penalty in the alleged killing of his former cellmate at a California prison.

The judge in the first-degree murder case on Monday granted a motion that allows the Kern County (Calif.) District Attorney to reconsider whether to seek the death penalty against Phillips, the former football star.

John Espinosa Nelson, The Good Men Project

Inmate firefighters: it’s an odd term, isn’t it? “Firefighter” is a badge of honor, while “inmate” is a brand. Yet these particular convicted criminals are routinely sent on 16-mile marches to square off with raging wildfires for 24 hours at a time, carrying the mark of offenders while performing duties as honorable as they come. For about $2 an hour.

These men (and women) are typically housed in a more congenial, campus-like setting. They eat better than their counterparts who are still behind prison walls, and they’re addressed more cordially by both frontline custody personnel and the civilian training staffers who oversee their participation in California’s esteemed Conservation Camp program.


SCV News

A former Valencia lawyer and police officer is wanted by the FBI for alleged child molestation charges and for reportedly fleeing prosecution.

A flyer is being circulated by the FBI which states that Arthur George Crabtree, 54, may have special training and may be armed. It has also been reported that he may be carrying a large sum of cash.


Richard A. Serrano, The Los Angeles Times

Noting that some 300 U.S. veterans are sitting on death row in prisons around the country, an advocacy group Tuesday called for greater efforts to assist battle-scarred former troops who are convicted of capital murder after their military service.

The report from the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington found that veterans represent about 10% of those convicted of capital murder, roughly the same as their percentage of the overall prison population.

The Los Angeles Times

To the editor: Seeing the photos of 16 California death row inmates on The Times' front page gave me pause. The captions disclose that all were sentenced to death more than 26 years ago for an aggregate of 33 murders committed between 1980 and 1985. ("California proposes new single-drug method for executions," Nov. 6)

Of the 30 victims for whom age when killed is given, 26 enjoyed fewer years of life than their respective murderers have lived since then. That's hardly “an eye for an eye” justice.