Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Tehachapi News

The California City Correctional Facility was honored Jan. 12 by the California City Parks and Recreation Department as Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition,” said Warden David B. Long, who accepted the award on behalf of CAC. “I am so proud of my staff, employee association and inmate activity groups, for their generosity toward the community.”

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Tiare Dunlap, People

On a bright morning in Lancaster, California, 20 inmates at a maximum-security prison gather together in a sunlit gymnasium and are instructed by a soothing voice to "feel yourselves falling into shiny, black velvet."

The men, many of whom are serving life sentences, sit together in a circle with their eyes closed and their limbs relaxed – an uncommon pose in this particular yard, which has been classified as a level four facility, meaning it is reserved for the most dangerous prisoners or inmates who need protection from other prisoners, according to a UCLA report.

Katelyn Polantz, The National Law Journal

California hasn't executed a prisoner since 2006. But since then, and for two years before, an Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe lawyer has devoted thousands of hours to the case of one man on the state's death row.

Norman Hile, a senior counsel to Orrick who is based in the firm's Sacra­mento office, took inmate Kevin Cooper's case in 2004. He kept working on it, despite denial after denial, after he retired from the firm's partnership two years ago. He said he believes Cooper is innocent. That's reason enough for him to press on, with the goal of clemency, he said.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: Somewhere around 2006 or 2007 there was a fatal accident. The driver of the car that caused the accident was Beth Colyer. What sentence did she serve and what was the circumstances behind the accident?

Anonymous, Sacramento

A: Bethann Colyer pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence following the Dec. 19, 2007, collision that killed an 18-year-old boy and injured eight of his friends.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

B.J. Hansen, MML News

Groveland, CA — The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man wanted in connection to an incident in Groveland.

The Sheriff’s Office is providing little details about what transpired, but 27-year-old Joshua Power is wanted for kidnapping, robbery, domestic violence, corporal injury to a child, making criminal threats, burglary and a parole violation. The charges stem from a matter that transpired on Monday. The Sheriff’s Office says specific details are being withheld because it is an ongoing investigation. Power is known to frequent the Groveland area and Greeley Hill. His is currently on California Department of Corrections Parole for a domestic violence conviction.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Erhardt E. Krause, The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Enomoto, a former World War II internee who became the first Asian American to run the State Department of Corrections and the first to be appointed U.S. marshal, died Sunday of natural causes at age 89, said longtime family friend Barbara Lehman.

Enomoto, who with his wife, Dorothy, played a big part in organizing local Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, was a lifelong champion of equal rights. Several years ago, the Enomotos moved from Sacramento’s Greenhaven neighborhood to Fontana.

Rex Dalton, Voice OC

A product of a dysfunctional family, Dolores Canales started cycling in and out of jail as a teenager, her demons leading to drug abuse and petty crimes.

Each time she was released in that more than 20-year chapter of her life, she recalls receiving little or no support, prompting repeated relapses once she was on the street.

But the 56-year-old Fullerton resident has been clean for 14 years and is now part of a statewide grassroots movement to not only provide more support for those who are in prison or just getting out, but also to put an end to a decades-long jail and prison building boom.

Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Lait, The Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest LAPD detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars.

Kash Delano Register, who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School cast doubt on the testimony of a key prosecution witness, will receive $16.7 million — the largest settlement in an individual civil rights case in the city’s history, his attorneys said. Bruce Lisker, who was released from prison in 2009 after a Times investigation into his conviction, will get $7.6 million.

OPINION

Shad Meshad, The Huffington Post

My career working with vets started when I got home from Vietnam in 197­1.  Initially I was hired to find out why vets were not using the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles.  Finding the answer meant I had to find vets where they were living and talk to them. LA is a big, sprawling city.  I started in Venice Beach, talking to clusters of vets on the streets, many of whom were homeless.  That led me to the Venice Beach pier, then the canyons.  I witnessed a range of behaviors and symptoms that came to be described as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A lot's happened since then.  Now PTSD is a recognized diagnosis, listed in the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) since 1980. But it wasn't widely known nor recognized when I was testifying in the sentencing phases of veterans' trials in the early '80s. Those experiences resulted in the first book to lay out strategies for attorneys defending combat veterans in criminal courts.  In 1988, the National Veterans Foundation sponsored the publication of Defending the Vietnam Combat Veteran by Barry Levin and David O. Ferrier. In 2014 we sponsored a more comprehensive edition, The Attorney's Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court by Brockton D. Hunter and Ryan C. Else.