Thursday, February 11, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


The Associated Press

California's new corrections chief says California is on track to regain responsibility for the prison medical system more than a decade after a federal judge seized control.

The state inspector general's office said Wednesday that an inspection found maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison is now providing adequate medical care.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- California's new corrections chief plans to add training on diversity and leadership for prison employees and to examine what has been effective in other states to change employees' attitudes as he tries to alter a culture that often pits prison guards against inmates and outsiders.

"They (guards) have worked under very difficult situations and we have to figure a way to get them engaged in the rehabilitation process and not just be somebody counting heads," Scott Kernan told The Associated Press in an interview.

Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release.

Paul Schrade's voice cracked with emotion during an hour of testimony Wednesday on his efforts to untangle mysteries about the events of June 5, 1968. The 91-year-old former labor leader said he believed Sirhan shot him but that a second unidentified shooter felled Kennedy.

Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A California Department of Corrections bus was involved in a crash with another vehicle near Kern Valley State Prison on Thursday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 6 a.m. near the intersection on Highway 43 and Garces Highway.


Jacob Burbrink, Fox News

The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department announced the arrest of a woman wanted for failure to appear following a conviction on 16 counts of cruelty to an animal and 5 counts of neglect to an animal.

A news release from the department said Jane Burkhart was arrested Tuesday in Sacramento California. Burkhart was found guilty in March 2007 of 16 counts of cruelty to an animal and 5 counts of neglect to an animal. A portion of Burkhart's sentence was to be served on probation along with restitution paid to the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

On Friday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Fugitive Apprehension Team took McCarter into custody at his residence.

Sacramento police have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of various sexual assault offenses, including rape.

Police in November began investigating a report of sexual assault at a motel. They said Steven McCarter is believed to have picked up the victim near 55th Street and Folsom Boulevard in a U-Haul truck. Police said the two went to a hotel, where they willingly rented a room together. Police said McCarter then made unwanted sexual advances toward the victim. When the victim attempted to leave, police said, McCarter assaulted her.


Jamie Schram, The New York Post

A serial killer famously quoted by Christian Bale in the 2000 film “American Psycho” is happier than a clam to be locked up in a California prison — and apparently never wants to leave, The Post has learned.

Edmund Emil Kemper, 67, known as the “Co-Ed Killer” who slaughtered his grandparents, six female college students, his mother and one of her friends in the 1970s, refuses to show up to his parole hearings because he’s having a grand old time behind bars.

Ed Walsh, The Bay Area Reporter

The attorney for Marjorie Knoller plans to appeal the decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to overturn her second-degree murder conviction for the 2001 dog mauling of her lesbian neighbor, Diane Whipple.

Attorney Dennis Riordan told the Bay Area Reporter this week that he plans to file an "en banc" appeal next month. If that appeal proceeds, it will be heard in a "limited en banc" format that includes the chief judge and 10 other justices of the appeals court. A three-judge panel authored the decision handed down February 4.