Thursday, December 10, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Stephanie Weldy, Marin Independent Journal

Twenty-one years ago, the life of San Jose resident Lucious Jackson looked bleak — he’d just been sentenced to prison on a burglary conviction.

Now 44, it seems life is turning around for the San Quentin State Prison inmate who is set to be released from prison no later than 2018. Jackson graduated Wednesday with 12 other inmates from Code.7370 — a computer coding program that’s the first of its kind among prisons across the nation. Participants of the program’s second graduating class have spent past months learning code for computer languages, such as HTML and JavaScript, to gain skills that can propel them into careers upon release.

KTVU

MARIN, Calif. (KTVU) - After being released, inmates at San Quentin Prison in Marin often return to society without the tools necessary to be successful on the outside. That's why the state prison recidivism rate is higher than 54 percent. But there are some inmates who have a much better shot once they get out, because a special prison program has turned them into highly marketable high tech talent.

On Wednesday morning, 13 inmates graduated from the Code 7370 program which taught them to be software engineers. "It's definitely a way that you know, me trying to be a better person, trying to help other people, is my way of trying to make amends," said graduate Chris Schuhmacher who has been behind bars for 15 years after a drug-related murder.

Corrections.com

VACAVILLE — Inmates at California State Prison-Solano (SOL) will take steps toward becoming successful business and community leaders during the first-ever Defy Ventures Business Pitch Competition held inside a California prison.

For months, SOL inmates have been participating in Defy’s rigorous program, learning not just how to find jobs and start businesses after prison, but how to transform themselves from the inside out. Thirty inmates will pitch their business concepts to successful venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley. The incarcerated “Entrepreneurs in Training” will compete for seed funding to help them launch their startup businesses after they return home.

Defy Ventures is a national nonprofit that assists offenders by offering intensive leadership development, business plan advice and mentoring.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: What happened in the case where a woman was kidnapped at an Indian casino? I forgot the casino and the man who committed the crime.

Sarah, Sacramento

A: You may be thinking of the case of 27-year-old Christie Wilson, who was last seen on surveillance video leaving the Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln with a man who is believed have killed her, although her body has not been found.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Alternatives to Violence Project moves to Chico, aims to train locals to lead workshops on nonviolence
Meredith J. Cooper, News Review

Mark Fisher was three years into a six-year prison sentence when he decided it was time to make a change. He’d found himself in High Desert State Prison in Susanville because of a bar fight—he’d been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon—and that wasn’t the first time he’d gotten violent, especially while drinking.

“I decided to start changing things in my life, seeking different programs,” said Fisher (who asked that his name be changed for this story). A cellmate of his introduced him to the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), which offered three-day workshops inside the prison. “The first time I went, I didn’t like it. But I tried it again and I liked it—it was mostly about me changing myself.”

DEATH PENALTY

Kristina Davis, The Los Angeles Times

More than a quarter-century after the slaying of an Oceanside woman, a judge has overturned her killer's death sentence, finding the prosecutor committed "egregious misconduct" by telling jurors that the Bible demanded the ultimate punishment.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller wrote that the repeated quotations and references to biblical law in the prosecutor's closing statements were so inflammatory that they had affected the outcome of Rudolph Roybal's 1992 trial.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Evan Sernoffsky and Hamed Aleaziz, The San Francisco Chronicle

A state Corrections Department employee is being investigated for a possible hate crime after she was captured on video aggressively confronting two Muslim men who were praying in a Castro Valley park over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.

Denise Slader clashed with the men of Middle Eastern descent as they were praying near the entrance to Lake Chabot Regional Park around 3 p.m. Sunday, said Carolyn Jones, a spokeswoman for the park district.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC News

Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders from over 50 organizations are calling for restorative criminal justice policies and an end to the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline.

Following a convening of stakeholders last June at California's San Quentin State Prison, the leaders held a congressional briefing last week with Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), where they released a policy report on the impact of mass incarceration on the AAPI community.

Lake County News

SACRAMENTO – The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and College of the Canyons hosted a two-day Summit on Inmate and Reentry Education that explored educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, as well as showcased efforts toward effective and sustainable college program development.

The event was held in Sacramento on Monday and Tuesday.

The summit included remarks by state Senator Loni Hancock; California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris; California Community Colleges Board of Governors member and Anti-Recidivism Coalition Founder & President Scott Budnick; Dr. Denise Noldon, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office interim vice chancellor of student services and special programs; and Dr. Robert “BJ” Snowden, the director of inmate education for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

Angelica Casas and Paayal Zaveri, Richmond Confidential

Larnel Wolfe wishes he had stayed home the night he committed a robbery that sent him to prison on an increased sentence of 12 years.

It was not his first robbery, but it was his last.

The former San Quentin inmate was released six months ago and is now a Live Free Fellow at Richmond’s Safe Return Project. The Project, which he graduated from some months ago, seeks to help formerly incarcerated people adjust to life after prison. As a fellow, Wolfe is learning how to help former convicts like himself, especially in the areas of community outreach and leadership.

CBN News

Golden State Warriors team chaplain, Earl Smith, is opening up about the team's success and his own personal journey from the streets, to the prisons, to the court.

"It's not so much what they're doing on the court, it's what I see among themselves," Smith said of the players. "It's what I see, how they love each other, how they treat each other, how they're happy to be around each other."

The team broke the record for most consecutive wins, passing the San Antonio Spurs' record of 20 games back in 2012. The team's leader, 27-year-old point guard Steph Curry, is eying records of his own.