Monday, February 8, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Miramar professor creates inmate painting program
Gary Warth, The San Diego Union Tribune

OTAY MESA — The Donovan state prison inmate studied the tissue-paper flower at the end of table carefully, his tattoo-covered hands dipping a brush into an easel holding acrylic paint.

"I love it," Juan Sanchez, 33, said about his weekly art class, held inside a gym in the Otay Mesa prison. "I can’t go a day without drawing."

Sanchez has been in the prison system for 14 years and said he first learned to paint at Calipatria State Prison in Imperial County. He signed up for Project PAINT: The Prison ArtsINiTiative, last year after being transferred to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

The game is ‘bigger than New Year’s Eve’ in prison, says an inmate, though prisoners’ celebrations vary: some party, some study and some take advantage of the private time watching provides
Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian

It’s moments before kick-off, and the television in the offices of the San Quentin News, the inmate-produced newspaper of California’s San Quentin state prison, is tuned to the Super Bowl. But few of the approximately 20 men gathered in the cramped office are paying attention.

They’re here for a college-level course on journalism, and not even the Super Bowl can distract them from the topic of the day: whether a journalist should allow the subject of a profile to read it before publication.

Elaine Aradillas, People

For more than 45 years, the fascination surrounding the deaths of seven people at the hands of Charles Manson's followers has never waned.

For two nights in August 1969 in Los Angeles, Charles Manson instructed a handful of his followers – including Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten – to kill seven people. Linda Kasabian, another Manson follower, became the state's key witness and was granted immunity in exchange for her testimony.

In the Lifetime movie Manson's Lost Girls, which airs Feb. 6, the story focuses on the days leading up to the gruesome murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger and Wojciech Frykowski, Steven Parent and Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard

One of four men accused of conspiring in the December 2014 gang-related murder of 14-year-old Arcata resident Jesus Joani Garcia-Romero pleaded not guilty to a murder charge at a Friday arraignment hearing at the Humboldt County Courthouse.

While Nicholas Kaleooalii Leigl, 33, of Eureka sat handcuffed and garbed in an orange jail jumpsuit in the courtroom, his representing attorney, county Conflict Counsel Marek Reavis, entered the pleas for the murder charge and a special allegation of performing the murder while involved in a criminal street gang.

“We will enter pleas of not guilty, deny all special allegations,” Reavis said.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Kate Mather, The Los Angeles Times

A convicted killer and former shot-caller for the Mexican Mafia who developed an unusually close relationship with law enforcement was granted parole by a state panel Friday, a year after the governor rejected his previous bid for freedom.

Wearing a crisp dark suit and tie, Rene “Boxer” Enriquez acknowledged to the parole board that he had committed brutal crimes — he has been convicted of a gang rape, two killings and a jailhouse stabbing — but insisted he was now a different man.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO – SACRAMENTO – California parole commissioners are again recommending release for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement.

Rene “Boxer” Enriquez has been in prison since 1993 on a 20 years-to life sentence for two murders, multiple assaults and conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances.

DEATH PENALTY

Debbie L. Sklar, My News LA

A 34-year-old man who killed four innocent people outside a Northridge boarding home in 2012 was sentenced to death Friday.

Ka Pasasouk was convicted in November of four counts of first-degree murder for the Dec. 2, 2012, shooting deaths of Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic; Robert Calabia, 34, of Los Angeles; Amanda Ghossein, 24, of Monterey Park; and Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello.

The same jury recommended a month later that he be sent to death row.

OPINION

The Los Angeles Times

What were the staples of '70s cop movies and TV dramas? OK, sure — wide ties, floppy collars, sideburns and muscle cars. Maybe a disco soundtrack. But what else?

There was also the rant — the diatribe by the beleaguered police detective or the outraged deputy district attorney against naive or corrupt decision-makers in the justice system. In seemingly every episode, a hard-working, no-nonsense guardian of public safety would catch the rapists, the murderers and the pushers, only to have some liberal judge cut the crooks a break because he or she believed their sob stories.

LA Daily News

A practice so powerful that it can cause lasting mental health issues, trigger depression or worsen existing mental illness should not be used on youth.

That’s why last month President Obama as part of long overdue reforms on solitary confinement banned its use among juveniles in federal custody. California should do the same.

The state has already cut down on long-term solitary confinement among adults under the settlement of a lawsuit brought after massive hunger strikes in the prisons.