Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Coalinga police quickly arrest prison escapee

Paul Schlesinger, Fresno Bee

Coalinga police captured a prisoner that briefly escaped from the nearby Pleasant Valley State Prison on Dec. 6.

Prison staff advised police that 19-year-old Jessie Quintanilla was missing from his dorm around 10:30 p.m., Lt. Darren Blevins said.

Judge may allow lawsuit to proceed over California inmate who died after being pepper-sprayed

Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee

State corrections officials have failed to rid themselves of a civil rights lawsuit over the death of a mentally ill inmate who breathed through a tube and was pepper-sprayed in his face at point blank range.

In a 29-page order issued Monday, U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley dismissed most of the complaint, filed last year on behalf of Joseph Duran’s parents. He ruled that it failed in some respects to establish standing on the part of the parents to sue, and failed in other respects to provide a sufficient legal basis for the claims.

Man who voiced Charlie Brown gets prison in California in threats case

Marty Graham, Reuters

The man who as a child voiced the sweetly crestfallen Charlie Brown on animated television specials was sentenced in San Diego on Monday to more than four years in prison for making threats, including one against the local sheriff, authorities said.

The sentencing marks the culmination of about two years of mounting legal problems for Peter Robbins, 59.


‘You come to appreciate how kind people can be’ 

Kate Daniel, Whidbey News-Times

Kati Corsaut’s professional resume reads something like the chapter outline of an action-packed thriller.

From escorting reporters through the compound at which Charles Ng and Leonard Lake committed as many as 25 brutal murders to awaiting the announcement of pardon or time of death of an inmate in the execution chamber at San Quentin or speaking from the front lines of the Northridge earthquake, Corsaut was there.


Christmas spirit lives in Chowchilla women’s prison

Connie Clendenan for Fresno Bee

I had an “ah-ha moment” recently when I was invited to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla to receive a financial donation given by the inmates.

There were close to 50 various recipients representing a variety of causes related to women, children, youth development and family-related needs. The inmates gave over $47,000 to our community-based organizations in the San Joaquin Valley. Our causes were schools, churches, rescue missions, American Cancer Society, Valley Children’s Hospital Guild, Ronald McDonald House, an animal shelter, veterans organizations, soup kitchens, Valley Teen Ranch Residential Treatment Center and many others.