Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Lewis Griswold, The Fresno Bee

VISALIA- Jose Manuel Martinez, 53, the self-described drug cartel hit man and debt enforcer, was sentenced Monday to nine consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for slaying nine people in California between 1980 and 2011.

Known in southern Tulare County as El Mano Negra, or The Black Hand, he may be responsible for more than 30 murders nationwide.

He is expected to be extradited to Florida, where he is accused of a double murder and could face the death penalty.

Bay City News

A former security guard at Oakland High School was placed on five years' felony probation Monday for his conviction for last year's attack on a student who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

Marchell Mitchell, 25, could have faced up to four years in state prison for his actions in a confrontation with student Francisco Martinez, who is now 18, at the high school at 1023 MacArthur Blvd. on May 19, 2014.


Lake County News

LAKEPORT, Calif. – A Lakeport man was arrested Sunday night following a lengthy vehicle pursuit with law enforcement.

Jose Guadalupe Aguilar, 22, was arrested for felony evading police with disregard for public safety, a parole violation, hit and run and driving on a suspended license recklessly following the pursuit, which lasted 40 minutes and traveled more than 28 miles, according to Lakeport Police Sgt. Michael Sobieraj.

Today's News-Herald

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sex offender compliance sweep on Saturday, resulting in the arrests of two men, according to a news release.

The arrests of Jerrod Blay, 35, of Needles, California, and Daniel Hernandez, 26, of Havasu Lake, California, were part of Operation Boo, a statewide operation to heighten awareness of the ways to protect children from sexual abuse, according to the release.



In the latest chapter of California’s death penalty saga, a group of law enforcement officials and victims’ rights advocates have announced an initiative to get a death penalty reform proposal on the 2016 ballot.

Unlike past initiatives that have sought to completely abolish the ultimate punishment, The Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016 seeks to create a larger pool of lawyers for inmates sentenced to death, cut down the amount of time those inmates wait to be appointed a lawyer, and gives the California Supreme Court oversight of the state agency which manages death penalty appeals.


The Los Angeles Times

As 6,000 drug offenders are released from federal prisons months or even years earlier than they had expected due to Obama administration criminal justice reforms, and as thousands more leave California prisons after having their felony sentences reclassified as misdemeanors under Proposition 47, the surge in inmate releases may focus the public's attention on the wrong problem.

Prisoners come home every day. About 9,000 California inmates completed their sentences and returned home each month during the worst of the state's prison crowding crisis. Their prospects for staying on the straight-and-narrow were not great because in-prison treatment and rehabilitation programs were too few to meet the need, and because the prisons were (according to federal judges) "criminogenic" — meaning the environment made it more likely that inmates who returned to their neighborhoods would return to crime. Yet as large numbers left prison, crime rates kept falling. Offenders were reabsorbed into society in fairly large numbers without touching off crime waves.



after spending more than 20 years in five different california prisons for fraud and forgery, artist gil batle now resides on a small island in the philippines.

while behind bars, he fixated on developing a set of sophisticated tattooing skills — an artistry that impressed fellow inmates and protected him from gang violence. now released, batle has evolved his self-taught drawing ability into a complex creative craft that expands the traditional methods of illustration, and combines it with an atypical medium: ostrich egg shells. batle has expanded his experience inside prison into a visual timeline, carefully and meticulously carved into the fragile exterior surface of eggs.