Friday, December 4, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


California prisons chief says he will step down

Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

California prisons chief Jeffrey Beard is resigning at the start of next year, returning to family he left behind three years ago in Pennsylvania.

Beard's resignation was announced by Gov. Jerry Brown's office. Staff at the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Beard told them he was leaving during the normal morning briefing Thursday at Sacramento headquarters.


200 kids receive new bikes bought by inmates

CBS8 San Diego

200 San Diego kids got early Christmas presents Thursday morning. 

They all received new bicycles during a ceremony at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. They were actually bought with money raised by inmates at Donovan State Prison, who were also on hand to help hand the bikes out. 

20 years after Medford double murder, relatives say justice has not been served

Libby Dowsett, News 10

MEDFORD, ORE – 20 years after two vicious murders shocked the community of Medford, one of Oregon's most notorious killers Robert Acremant remains in a cell on Oregon's death row even though his death sentence was commuted four years ago when he was diagnosed as mentally ill.

Family members who lost loved ones to Robert Acremant aren't complaining that he's still being kept on death row, even though his penalty was reduced to life in prison in Oregon.

Police investigate link between Monterey cold cases

Tommy Wright, Monterey Herald

Investigators from Monterey Peninsula police departments gathered Wednesday to discuss a possible connection between convicted murderer Alfred Powell and the 1982 homicide of Sheila Chavez.

Speaking before the Peninsula Cold Case Project’s meeting at the Monterey Police Department, detective Bryan Kruse said police reopened the investigation into Chavez’s death after they discovered the skeletal remains of another woman, Sandra McGee, buried in the backyard of Powell’s former residence in September.


Carson backs off ‘war’ against sex offenders

Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze

A year after Carson officials vowed to “go to war” to maintain stricter local laws than those imposed by the state to keep sex offenders away from places where children gather, they backed off this week to defuse civil rights lawsuits.

The City Council voted 3-0 Tuesday night to revoke its law prohibiting convicted sex offenders from loitering within 300 feet of places where children congregate.

Man killed by S.F. police had criminal history

Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle

The 26-year-old man shot to death Wednesday by San Francisco police in a street confrontation in the Bayview had spent nearly all his adult life in prison.

In March 2008, at age 19, Mario Woods — then a suspected member of the Oakdale Mob street gang — was arrested after he fled from a botched robbery at a pool hall in the city’s Crocker-Amazon district, police and prosecutors said.

This man spent 40 years behind bars but still supports SF’s proposed new jail

Adam Brinklow, SF Weekly

Once the fireworks at yesterday‘s budget committee meeting(which approved financing a new city jail and forwarded the proposal to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote next week) died down, a much different voice than the 100 or so demonstrators who briefly shut down the committee spoke up.

Ronald Haynes is a 62-year-old San Francisco resident who just finished a 40-year prison sentence on August 28. Haynes shares most of the same complaints as yesterday’s demonstrators (who were mostly young people of color, as Haynes was when he entered prison): He says he’s seen firsthand how the justice system railroads vulnerable people, and how modern prisons have become dumping grounds for the mentally ill and socially undesirable.