Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Thomas Gase, Vallejo Times-Herald

Note: Bobby Brooks is a Correctional Officer at San Quentin State Prison.

Bobby Brooks was born to be a great defensive football player, he just needed someone to knock a little sense in him to realize it.

After starring on both offense and defense for Hogan High’s football team, Brooks soon realized at Fresno State that he should just stick to linebacker.

“I’ll never forget his name, Dion Laffitte,” Brooks said, with a laugh. “He hit me so hard in practice. I held on to the ball, but after that I realized I can’t take this anymore. I’d rather be the hitter than the hittee. I mean, it was great to hit someone hard and not get in trouble for it.”

Cymphanie Sherman, KRCRTV

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown recently announced his support for the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016.

The initiative is intended to reduce wasteful spending at state prisons, which includes reducing the population sizes within them.

This is only one of many initiatives that have been pushed through to help reduce the population size at California state prisons; Assembly Bill 109 and Proposition 47 are two others. However, county officials said that the results from those two initiatives have begun to fade.


Workshop aims to cut violence, recidivism
Matthew Whitley, The Folsom Telegraph

On a very cold and dreary day in Folsom, a group of twenty men are laughing, talking, moving through directions, listening intently while they’re being directed in acting exercises.  Tim Robbins, star of The Shawshank Redemption, is founder of the Actor’s Gang, an L.A. based theatre group Robbins started over 35 years ago.

Robbins is watching their performances and helping them work on their technique. Working with Robbins is actress, Sabra Williams, who created and directs the Prison Project, and actor Jeremy Loncka.

Cheyenne Lever, The Daily Barometer

To get a better understanding of what life was like behind bars, Nigel Poor went into prison herself.

On Feb. 10, Poor spoke at the LaSells Stewart Center about her work inside the San Quentin Prison. In coordination with Prison University Project, Poor taught a photography class where she had inmates view and analyze photographs the come up with responses to them.

Elizabeth Larson, Lake County News

LAKEPORT, Calif. – On Tuesday morning a Lake County judge took swift action to set in motion the release of a man who has spent 18 years in state prison for a crime he did not commit.

After meeting both in chambers and in open court with District Attorney Don Anderson and attorney Angela Carter – who heads up the county's public defense contract – Judge Andrew Blum signed a writ of habeas corpus to free Luther Ed Jones Jr. from state prison.

The Associated Press

Corrections officials say two inmates have died in suspected homicides at separate California state prisons.

They reported Tuesday that the victims' cellmates are considered suspects in both recent deaths.

A 53-year-old inmate was found unresponsive in his cell Monday night at maximum-security California State Prison-Sacramento.

Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard

Transferred to the Humboldt County jail from Pelican Bay State Prison last week, San Luis Obispo resident Joseph Daniel Olivo Jr. pleaded not guilty on Tuesday for the gang-involved stabbing death of a 14-year-old Arcata teenager in 2014.

Standing garbed in an orange jail jumpsuit and handcuffed, Olivo Jr., 37, was asked by Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Timothy P. Cissna if he would like a court-appointed attorney, to which Olivo Jr. replied with a clear, “I would.”

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: Where can I find the story on the Oct. 24, 1997 murder/shooting in Oak Park in Sacramento?

DEE, San Francisco

A: The Sacramento Bee reported that a 16-year-old was fatally shot and two other teenagers were injured at a home in the 4200 block of 11th Avenue in Sacramento’s Oak Park area.