Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

KTVN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Inspectors are giving a passing grade to medical services at a Central Valley state prison.

California's inspector general reported Tuesday that California Correctional Institution is providing adequate care. It says in a report that inmates generally receive appropriate and timely treatment, although emergency services are inadequate.

The Man in Black performs for the men in blue.
Alex Q. Arbuckle, Mashable

In 1953, Johnny Cash watched the Crane Wilbur film Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison and was inspired to write a song from the perspective of the incarcerated. The result was "Folsom Prison Blues," one of his most popular songs.

The song was a hit among inmates, with Cash receiving numerous letters begging him to come perform at various prisons. Cash liked the idea, and performed several prison concerts in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Jason Hanna and Amanda Watts, CNN

(CNN)Lawrence Phillips, an imprisoned former NFL running back who was awaiting trial on charges of killing his cellmate last year, died Wednesday morning after being found unresponsive in his prison cell, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

The death of Phillips, 40, is being investigated as a suicide, the department said.

Phillips was a star running back at Nebraska and a first-round pick for the St. Louis Rams in 1996, but lasted in the NFL only three seasons.

Jason Kotowski, The Bakersfield Californian

A Kern County judge found there is enough evidence to hold ex-NFL player Lawrence Phillips for trial on a charge of first-degree murder with a special circumstance of lying in wait after prosecutors argued he strangled his sleeping, defenseless cellmate in April of last year.

Phillips, 40, faces the death penalty if a jury convicts him of the murder of Damion Dewayne Soward and finds the special circumstance to be true.

Alicia Pattillo, abc

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Lawrence Philips was a star football player for the University of Nebraska in the mid 90's and first round NFL draft pick. But now he faces up to life in prison if convicted of murdering his inmate at Kern Valley State Prison last April.

Philips seemed disturbed by the evidence presented against him during his preliminary hearing today.

Pauline Repard, The San Diego Union Tribune

KEARNY MESA — Two women who walked away from a low-security facility in Kearny Mesa last week were later caught, one on Saturday and one Monday, state authorities said.

Viviana Mendez, 20, was taken back into custody early Saturday by state prison special service unit agents and La Mesa police at a La Mesa motel, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Fresno Bee

Inmates from Coalinga’s Pleasant Valley State Prison donated $6,670 to Poverello House on Jan. 7 as part of a food sale fundraiser held in December.

The Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group, which sponsored the event, consists of several self-help and support programs for the inmates. Prison staff delivered fried chicken along with other items like holiday cheesecake and donuts for the food sale held on Dec. 19. The group collectively decided to give the donation to Poverello House, which serves the hungry and homeless in Fresno.