Friday, February 26, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Brittny Mejia, The Los Angeles Times

A female inmate working on a fire crew battling a Malibu brush fire Thursday morning suffered severe injuries and was taken by helicopter to a hospital, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Randall Wright said.

Initial scanner reports said the woman was struck by falling rock. Wright could not confirm how the inmate was injured.

The fire broke out shortly before 3 a.m., about two miles north of Pacific Coast Highway on Mulholland Highway, fire officials said. Twenty acres burned overnight; by 8 a.m., the blaze was 35% contained.

Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard

The four men accused of conspiring in the gang-involved fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old Arcata teenager are set to appear at the Humboldt County Superior Court this afternoon, with the last of the four suspects expected to enter a plea to a murder charge.

On Tuesday afternoon, suspect Mario Nunez, 30, of Watsonville pleaded not guilty to the murder of 14-year-old Arcata resident Jesus Joani Garcia-Romero and denied the special allegation of committing the killing for the furtherance of a criminal street gang, according to county Deputy District Attorney David Christensen.

Codefendants Nicholas Leigl, 33, of Eureka and Joseph Olivo Jr., 37, of San Luis Obispo entered not guilty pleas to the same charge earlier this month.


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Matthew Whitley, Folsom Telegraph

To meet teacher and author Toni Ukkerd Carter is almost a meditation on contradictions. She’s warm, friendly, charming and brims with motherly love for those around her and yet, somehow, this sweet woman taught education to some of the most dangerous men in California. 

The New Jersey born author laughs that it was her time teaching in the Detroit Public School system that really prepared her for teaching at Folsom State Prison, she jokes, “after that, prison was a breeze.” After 20 years teaching at Folsom Prison, people would ask her about the job, how she taught, was she scared—finally, Carter sat down and wrote her experiences down, the laughs, the scares, the relationships she cultivated over the years into her book, My Life in Prison.  It is, according to Carter, “a collection of true and memorable experiences that highlight my spiritual journey through the belly of this beast.”


CORRECTIONS RELATED

Wayne Freedman, ABC

ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- He went from prison to the hospital and only ABC7 News spoke with the Northern California man who served 18 years for a crime he didn't commit.

Luther Jones got out of state prison last week. When released, he was very sick. His family says the California Department of Corrections essentially dumped him without regard to his condition.

The story took a new turn at St. Helena Hospital, the hospital where Luther Jones spent most of his days after getting out of prison. On Wednesday he went home for a second time and he spoke to ABC7 News' Wayne Freedman.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

A judge's ruling that Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative seeking to reduce the state prison population violated election laws throws the Democratic governor's plan to ask voters to amend sentencing laws into limbo.

Even if Brown's attorneys succeed in overturning Wednesday's ruling, it could push the campaign into a costly signature-gathering drive or risk delaying it until 2018.
The governor, who is termed out of office in 2018, has $24 million in his campaign account that he can spend on political campaigns.

Joe Benapfl, Lodi News-Sentinel

In a conference room deep within Hutchins Street Square on Wednesday afternoon, a group of about a dozen teenage students sat in a tight semi-circle. They were students partaking in a six-week Lodi Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (LodiGRIP) program.

The group leader called on each participant, asking for their experiences about love and affection they received at home. Many responses were positive. Some were not.

But the gathering took on a lighthearted tone soon after, as the teenagers played a fast-paced icebreaker. “Zip, zap, zub,” the players had to say, and point to another person to say the next word in the sequence. A wrong response elicited peals of laughter.
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Angie Marcos, Orange County Register

A Cal State Fullerton expert believes religion is a positive force in the lives of long-term inmates.

Jason Sexton, a University Honors lecturer who specializes in theology, is studying how prison churches affect prisoners while they’re incarcerated and after they are released.

His research focuses on the interracial and intergenerational components of prison churches.


OPINION

Steven Greenhut, The San Diego Union-Tribune

SACRAMENTO — By a nearly 60 percent to 40 percent vote, Californians in 2014 approved Proposition 47, which re-categorized a variety of felonies as misdemeanors. It was designed to reduce prison overcrowding, spark sentencing reform and – according to advocates for the initiative – save as much as $150 million a year in incarceration costs.

In the year and a half since its passage, the impacts of the proposition have been hotly debated. Police organizations – most of which opposed the measure when it was on the ballot – blame the state’s rising crime rate (in many cities) on the legal changes. Backers, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, say there’s no evidence to back that point.