Monday, January 25, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

Want to apply to be a correctional officer with the State of California? You’ll have a wait a little longer.

A recruiting push that started in mid-2013 has been so successful that Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials at the end of last year decided to stop taking new job applications until April 1. The moratorium gives the department time to handle a backlog that, according to the department, reached 32,000 applications.


The New York Times 

Sgt. E. Castro, 40, is a correctional supervisor at Folsom Women’s Facility in California. (Her full first name has been withheld for security reasons.)

Q. Was becoming a correctional officer a career goal for you?

A. No, I wanted to become a veterinarian when I was a kid. But at the age of 27, I was working two jobs as a waitress and also as the foreman of a shipping company. I was exhausted all the time. When my father’s friend suggested a position at the correctional facility, I saw it as one full-time job with good benefits and regular hours. Only later, once I started, did I come to see that I was making a difference in society.


Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected parole for a third time for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson 46 years after a series of bloody murders rocked Southern California.

Bruce Davis was convicted of the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.


Josh Peter and A.J. Perez, USA TODAY

The attorney for Lawrence Phillips’ estate told USA TODAY Sports Friday that civil rights attorneys will be hired to conduct an independent investigation into the death of the former football star who was facing murder charges.

Attorney Dan Chamberlain said he is “highly suspicious’’ because of a note the coroner said was in Phillips’ sock when Phillips was found unresponsive Jan. 13 at Kern Valley (Calif.) State Prison. Phillips, 40, died after he was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Josh Peter, USA TODAY

SAN DIMAS, Calif. — With former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and more than a half-dozen former Nebraska players in attendance, mourners on Saturday remembered Lawrence Phillips as a different man than the convicted felon and accused murderer he’d become at the time of his death 10 days ago.

Almost 150 people gathered at Christ Church of the Valley for a funeral service during which speakers shared heartfelt recollections of Phillips, 40, who starred at Nebraska and played three years in the NFL. But some also spoke defiantly of the prison system they think wronged Phillips, who was serving a 31-year prison sentence and facing murder charges when he died Jan. 13 in what the Kern County coroner in Bakersfield, Calif., ruled a suicide.

Cassie Carlisle, Stephanie Guzman, abc

The gag order for the attorney of the late Lawrence Phillips was lifted on Friday.

The attorney talk about an event that might have led to Phillips killing himself.

Attorney Jesse Whitten said that this all started with a gang battle involving the Crips at the Kern Valley Prison.

Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

Three months before Daniel Lee Wright killed himself in Mule Creek State Prison in November 2014, guards discovered the mentally ill inmate had fashioned a noose out of materials in his cell.

This was hardly surprising behavior for Wright, who was serving time for lewd and lascivious acts with young children and a drug conspiracy offense. Wright, 45, had been placed on suicide watch four times earlier that year and previously was found hanging and unconscious in a cell in 2012. Records showed he had at least eight serious suicide attempts.

The Bakersfield Californian

Prosecutors will continue to seek the death penalty for a Kern Valley State Prison inmate charged with his cellmate’s death in 2013.

Deputy District Attorney Andi Bridges declined to waive death for Walter Tamayo at a brief hearing Thursday morning. Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman, Tamayo’s lawyer, said he will challenge the legality of seeking death in this case.


Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

California’s death penalty took center stage Friday as officials held a public hearing on proposed new rules that would allow the state to resume executions using a single drug in its lethal injections.

Crime victim advocates, civil libertarians, lawyers, priests and others took turns in a state health services department auditorium debating the morality and legality of the death penalty and, at times, addressing the proposed regulations the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is proposing.


Rebecca Woolington, The Oregonian

One of the protesters taking part in the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a 68-year-old former woodworker and, according to court records and authorities, a convicted killer.

Neil Sigurd Wampler drove to Oregon from his home on the California coast earlier this month to join those protesting the arson convictions of father and son ranchers outside Burns.