Monday, December 21, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

Governor Brown announces appointments
Imperial Valley News

Howard E. Moseley, 48, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy general counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Moseley has served as chief counsel at the California Board of Parole Hearings since 2012, where he served as a commissioner from 2011 to 2012. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific since 2005. Moseley served in several positions at the California Office of the Inspector General from 2004 to 2011, including chief assistant inspector general and senior assistant inspector general, and was a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1996 to 2004. Moseley served in the U.S. Army from 1989 to 1995. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Releasing confidence: prison entrepreneurship programs offer path
By Marissa Lang, San Francisco Chronicle 

Nearly 50 Bay Area executives and professionals packed into a gymnasium last week at the state prison in Solano County and lined up, toe to toe, with a row of convicted criminals.
For most entrepreneurs, it was a moment they had imagined nervously — and a place they had never been. But it was all too familiar for Kenyatta Leal, a manager at cloud-computing firm Rackspace. 

Convicted murderers, felons pitch Silicon Valley venture capitalists in prison
Matthias Gafni, Bay Area News Group

VACAVILLE -- For a jar of Folgers coffee and a Heath candy bar, Steven Klaas persuaded a fellow inmate last week to sketch a brand logo for his personal shopping business plan.

On Thursday, the convicted murderer from San Jose stood confidently underneath a basketball hoop in a Vacaville prison gymnasium and pitched The Shopping Sherpa to six venture capitalists in business suits.

Early Christmas for Boys & Girls Club
Denise Ellen Rizzo, Tracy Press

As bicycle after bicycle was rolled into the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy on West Lowell Avenue on Tuesday, club leaders envisioned smiles on the faces of more than 30 children Christmas morning.

“My heart is full when I see this,” said Kelly Wilson, club CEO.

The donated bicycles reached the club through a collaboration that’s now in its third year between the Tracy Police Department and Deuel Vocational Institution, a state prison east of Tracy.

Clovis families receive food and some get a new bike
ABC 30

FRESNO – More than 500 local families got to take home boxes of food Sunday and some of them left with a newly refurbished bike.

Forty-five bikes were fixed up by inmates at the Pleasant Valley State Prison as part of a program the Clovis Police Department established 15 years ago.

Out of Bounds: Prison art program brings pride, rehabilitation
Rodrigo Ribera D’Ebre, Cartwheel Art

Although not as publicized in the mainstream as is perhaps needed, there are several prison-based art programs throughout the state of California. The Prison Arts Coalition website maintains a list of twenty-nine organizations with art programs ranging from theatre to literature which provide life-enhancing processes to inmates via the arts.

Recently I had the opportunity to witness one of these programs at the California Institute for Men in Chino in collaboration with the California State University, San Bernardino. The program, Community-Based Art (CBA), seeks to engage the community in the art-making process through a place-based effort, where students facilitate art classes and programs through a collaborative process to under-served community sites like prison. For ten-week sessions, student-led programs in the C-Yard provide the resources and tools to effectively engage inmates in a creative process and dialogue. Not only are they given devices to practice making art, but they are challenged to perceive art in non-traditional ways – and talk about it.

Former officer sentenced for molestation
Roger Phillips, Stockton Record

STOCKTON — A former San Joaquin County correctional officer was sentenced recently to 52 months in state prison after pleading guilty to molesting a female relative from the time she was 5 years old.

Before his arrest, 36-year-old Augustine Chang Miranda was an employee of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the county jail. He was arrested by the Stockton Police Department in June.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Santa gives gifts to students at Bess Maxwell School
Mike Black, KRCR

CRESCENT CITY – Many kindergartners were very happy Friday when Santa Claus made an appearance at Bess Maxwell School in Crescent City.

Santa’s appearance was thanks to staff at the Pelican Bay State Prison.

Calipatria prison Tootsie Tree Drive warms up students
Julio Morales, Imperial Valley Press

NILAND — As part of her job as Calipatria State Prison Chief Deputy Warden, Belinda Hedrick has plenty of opportunities to be the tough disciplinarian. Yet, she also savors the occasions when her interactions with her wards allow her to express the sentiments of a concerned mother.

On Friday, Hedrick had such an opportunity, when she and her fellow prison staffers handed out donated caps, beanies, socks and mittens to Grace Smith Elementary School students as part of the prison’s annual Tootsie Tree Drive event.

Eastern Sierra Shop with a Cop
The Sheet News

Over 40 children from Inyo and Mono Counties enjoyed breakfast provided by the Bishop Lions Club on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 12 before they rode in a parade of patrol cars with lights and sirens down West Line Street and up Main Street to the Bishop Kmart.

Participating law enforcement personnel came from the Mono and Inyo County Sheriff’s Offices, Bishop Tribal Police, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections, Owens Valley Camp, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop Police Departments, Inyo County and Mono County Probation.

California Men’s Colony reports an 85,000-gallon sewage spill
Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Tribune

A blockage in a California Men’s Colony sewer line caused a spill of about 85,000 gallons of raw sewage Friday morning with an unknown amount released into Chorro Creek, officials said.

Public health officials, however, said there is no threat to human or animal safety.

DEATH PENALTY

End of the line: 18 inmates awaiting execution
Kelly Puente, Orange County Register

Of the 745 inmates on California’s death row, 18 inmates have exhausted all state and federal appeals, according to the California Department of Corrections. The state has had a moratorium on executions since 2006, but if the state were to resume capital punishment, these men would be next in line.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

California state employee on leave after anti-Muslim slurs 
Associated Press

OAKLAND – A woman charged with a hate crime after being recorded making anti-Islamic slurs and throwing coffee at a Muslim man has been placed on administrative leave from her job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Alameda County district attorney's office charged Denise Slader earlier this week with misdemeanor battery and civil rights violations.