Friday, February 26, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — California on Thursday resolved a long-running lawsuit over poor care at juvenile prisons, and both sides said conditions have greatly improved.

An Alameda County judge approved an agreement between the parties to dismiss a 2003 lawsuit against what was then called the California Youth Authority.

The system was known then for imposing long periods of solitary confinement and employees’ frequent use of pepper spray against youthful offenders.



SACRAMENTO  – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that an inmate firefighter injured yesterday in the Mulholland Fire has died.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Shawna Lynn Jones, 22, was struck by a boulder that had rolled down a hill. She was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition with major head injuries. Jones was removed from life support after her organs were donated, in keeping with her family’s wishes.

Jailed robber requests info on GPS device placed on car by cops
Dorian Hargrove, The San Diego Reader

From inside his San Quentin cell, the Gap-Toothed Bandit is trying to get his hands on travel logs that the San Diego Police Department used to tie him to a string of bank robberies he committed throughout San Diego and Orange counties in 2008, seven years after he had been arrested for a previous spate of bank robberies.

Michael Craig Dickman, later dubbed the Gap-Toothed Bandit due to a large gap in his front teeth filed a writ of mandate against the San Diego Police Department on February 18, 2016 accusing the force of withholding documents that led to his arrest in August 2008.

Alan Prock, Kern Golden Empire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's still unclear how an inmate at North Kern State Prison in Delano died.  Pedro Salinas, 20, of Salinas, was found unresponsive in his prison cell Saturday. 

He was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  After an autopsy, the coroner's office said the cause and manner of death are pending further toxicological studies. 

Danielle Ames, The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Paws for a Cause — K9s for Veterans

A kickoff lunch for Paws for a Cause — K9s for Veterans will be at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at the Madonna Inn. The newly-formed charity works with New Life K9s to provide free service dogs to veterans in need — the dogs (some of which are rescue dogs) are trained by inmates at the California Men’s Colony.


Sabra Stafford, Turlock Journal

A previous finding that a Turlock man convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman was suitable for parole has been overturned, resulting in continued confinement for the felon.

A rescission hearing conducted by the State Board of Parole determined the parole recommendation for Daniel Ray Slayter, 44, of Turlock was based on inaccurate information and therefore denied his parole.


in the ever-evolving world of government it, california state execs weigh in on what they seek when hiring a cio.
Eyragon Eidam, GovTech

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The evolving role of the chief information officer is not only bringing organizational change, it’s also bringing new expectations from those responsible for filling the role.

State executives discussed the top IT spot and what they expect and look for in new hires within their agencies during a panel discussion at the California Public Sector CIO Academy the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Chief among their concerns is the ability to lead — past the implementation of technology — and the ability to align strategy with the real-world needs of their organizations.

Danielle Nelson, Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - Actors can be awe-inspiring on and off stage, but they are true role models when they do what they can to help those who have made poor decisions and prepare them for a better life.

Take "Shawshank Redemption" star Tim Robbins, a member of The Actors' Gang who visited Blythe recently with other members to work with inmates from Ironwood State Prison.

The group has been together for 35 years, and includes 22 artists who go into the Los Angeles school system and six prisons.

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Latest on the legal dispute over Gov. Jerry Brown's criminal sentencing initiative.

5:15 p.m.

The association that represents state prosecutors says it expects the California Supreme Court to side with it in a dispute over Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative to reduce the prison population.

The Democratic governor on Thursday appealed a lower court ruling that effectively blocks supporters from gathering signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot.

Sara Mansour, KRCR

PARADISE, Calif. - A Paradise man charged with murder appeared in Butte County Superior Court on Thursday.

According to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Alex McClintock, 27, was arraigned on a murder charge. His bail was set at $2 million and will be back in court on March 10 to enter a plea.