Monday, February 22, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

CBS Sacramento

Authorities say a California State Prison-Sacramento inmate attacked four staff members Thursday morning.

The incident happened just after 7 a.m. According to the California Department of Corrections, inmate Tyrone E. Owens attacked two psychiatric technicians who were trying to give out medications. Owens is said to have pushed a cart into one technician hard enough to knock her to the floor.


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Charity Maness, Calaveras Enterprise

California prison inmates who come to Calaveras County to serve as firefighters end up also caring for forests. And they’ve been doing that work for more than a century.

“It doesn’t end for us once the fire is out,” said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Adam Ambriz, who oversees inmate firefighters based at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Vallecito Conservation Camp.

Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News

The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of a San Jose man condemned for carrying out three separate murders dating back to 1986.

In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court rejected the legal arguments of James Francis O'Malley, who has been on death row for 25 years. A Santa Clara County judge sentenced O'Malley to die in 1991 for three slayings that occurred in 1986 and 1987.

Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle

A 71-year-old Lake County man imprisoned for a child molestation he did not commit has been released from custody in Stockton as new details emerged about the false testimony that put him behind bars for 18 years.

Luther Jones Jr. left the California Health Care Facility, a prison hospital, on Wednesday and is believed to be living with his son in Lake County, officials said. He was being treated for diabetes, liver and kidney ailments, but prison officials said they could provide no details on his current medical condition.


REALIGNMENT

Rina Palta, KPCC

A large-scale study by researchers from major California universities found the state's prison downsizing efforts have had little to no impact on the crime rate, despite anecdotal complaints from some law enforcement leaders.

The findings take up an entire issue of the The Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, which publishes Friday.


DEATH PENALTY

Vince Cestone and Alecia Reid, KRON

Death row at San Quentin has changed a lot over the years, with much tighter security–and it has to be.

In Part 4 of our special series, Life on Death Row, Alecia Reid takes us behind the prison walls for a closer look at what it takes to maintain order for those facing life on death row.


CORRECTIONS RELATED
Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Union-Tribune

A state’s attorney arrested in a San Luis Obispo Superior courtroom after struggling with a bailiff who was allegedly trying to calm her during a court recess will appear back in local court Thursday on a misdemeanor charge.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed a single count of obstructing, resisting or delaying a peace officer against Deputy Attorney General Jennie Mariah Kelly, 49, of Thousand Oaks, District Attorney Dan Dow said Wednesday. Kelly is due in court to enter a plea at an arraignment Thursday morning.