Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Man convicted in 1986 cold case killing found dead at California prison

By Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times

A man convicted this summer in the 1986 slaying of a San Bernardino County woman was found dead Tuesday morning in his prison cell, and correctional officials suspect he was killed by his cellmate.

Larry T. Hite, 59, was found unresponsive shortly after 6:30 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison and was declared dead about an hour later, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

DEVORE: All female inmate fire crew graduate program

By Brian Rokos, The Press Enterprise

Little Brittney Hernandez, attired for the occasion in a glowing green dress, rushed to the front of the audience and snapped a photograph as her mother, Estrella, wearing an equally bright orange jail shirt and cap, received a certificate of graduation.
Estrella Hernandez, 33, of Fontana, had wondered whether her family was ashamed of her after she was convicted of identity theft. But this moment, Monday, Nov. 23, at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore, was a positive development in the lives of Hernandez and 12 other women who were introduced as San Bernardino County’s first all-female inmate firefighting hand crew.


San Francisco Witch Killer Getting Parole Consideration

By Paul Elias, ABC News

The married couple dubbed the "San Francisco witch killers" seemed locked away for good when each was sentenced to 75 years to life for three Northern California murders three decades ago.
But because of a recent federal court ruling, prison officials had to consider them for parole.


Martinez New Acting Warden At SCC

By B.J. Hansen,

Jamestown, CA — Sierra Conservation Center Warden Heidi Lackner retired last month, and a longtime prison official has stepped in as Acting Warden.
Lackner had served as Warden since April of 2013. New Acting Warden Joel Martinez first started with the Sierra Conservation Center in 1993, and his past positions have included being the Chief Deputy Warden, Associate Warden, Correctional Captain and a Correctional Counselor.


L.A. County creates Prop. 47 task forces to help ex-offenders

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to set up two task forces aimed at helping residents convicted of felonies that are now eligible for reduction to misdemeanors under California's Proposition 47.

The ballot measure passed by California voters last year reduces some drug possession and  property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. People who have already been convicted of felonies under the old rules can get their convictions reduced.