Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Susan Hiland, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Area California Highway Patrol along with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will host a Tip a Cop event from 5 to 9  p.m. Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1350 Travis Blvd.

Law Enforcement personnel will volunteer as celebrity waiters, delivering food and drinks with their “tips” donated to Special Olympics. Proceeds will go directly to support Solano Area Special Olympics teams.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Jessica Rogness, The Reporter

How does a person survive prison?

More than a dozen inmates at California State Prison, Solano met with Ron Reed, a Butte County public defender, in their library to discuss that issue Monday afternoon.

Reed has worked with juvenile offenders for more than 30 years.

Steve Gorman, Reuters

After 17 years in prison for an infant's death at her San Diego daycare center, Suzanne Johnson is in the forefront of legal challenges to "shaken baby syndrome" as courts catch up with medical advances in understanding the mechanisms of childhood brain trauma.

A judge last month agreed Johnson deserved to be considered for a new trial in a case that hinged on the syndrome, a 1970s-era forensic diagnosis long accepted as sufficient to convict caretakers accused of harming and even killing babies.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: A couple of years ago there was a young priest who was assigned to the Holy Rosary Parish in Woodland and prior to that in Redding. He was arrested for molesting an underage young lady. What happened in that case?

Helen, Woodland

A: The Rev. Uriel Ojeda pleaded no contest to a single count of molesting a 13-year-old girl and admitted to engaging in “substantial sexual conduct” with her.

He was sentenced in August 2013 in Sacramento Superior Court to eight years in prison. Now 36 years old, he is at Avenal State Prison in Avenal.

Amelia Pang, Epoch Times

After serving 17 years for armed robbery, Adam Verdoux, 45, moved into transitional housing. Not long after his release, a burly housemate challenged him to a fight. Feelings of masculinity, pride, survival, rose then dissipated. Verdoux knows how to disengage from heated situations: he meditates three times a week.

“I told him I’ve been trying to learn how to resolve issues without the use of violence,” Verdoux said. “I would try to work through it with him positively.”

It’s been two years since Verdoux was released. He is taking six classes at the Institute For Principle Studies in California, and plans to get a master’s in public administration.

Alejandra Bell, University Times  

Every Monday afternoon, eleven Cal State LA English Department graduate students and Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy discuss Higher Education in California prisons in Dr. Roy’s Winter 2016 seminar “Words Uncaged: The Prison, The University, and Critical Pedagogy.” The seminar provides a platform where master’s students and prisoners sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) engage in critical discussion, literary analysis, and political activism.

Professor Roy and Paws For Life, a dog rescue program, cofounded Words Uncaged to offer California prisoners, serving LWOP sentences the opportunity to participate in productive dialogues with people outside prison walls. As a part of the program, Dr. Roy teaches courses at California State Prison, Los Angeles. Prisoners in his class are working towards a Bachelor’s Degree. The progressive program is the result of collaborative work with prisoners actively trying to end the violence, racial tensions, and drug abuse that constitute daily prison life.

The Los Angeles Times

The death of a 39-year-old inmate at a Lancaster prison is being investigated as a homicide, state officials said Monday.

Rashell Clarke was found unresponsive Saturday in his cell in State Prison-Los Angeles County, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Lars Anderson, CNN

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. — His feet in shackles, arms in handcuffs, he shuffled into the courtroom in Bakersfield, California, a 40-year-old man dressed in a tan suit. It was Jan. 12, 2016.

He looked skinnier than he did in his playing days, but his face was still youthful, as if time hadn’t moved from when he was a running back at the University of Nebraska. As he scanned his surroundings, his brown eyes were bright with curiosity. He appeared fully engaged in the moment.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Fox News

A San Francisco neighborhood is in an uproar over the plan to open a sex offender treatment clinic.

The original opening date was February 1st, which was then pushed to February 9th. Now it's unclear whether it can open at all at a proposed site at 100 Church in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood.

Monday night, there was an emotional community meeting about the clinic.

Sharper Future, the private operator of the proposed clinic, met with neighbors to answer questions. It's a meeting that neighbors say is long overdue.

Lauren Keene, The Davis Enterprise

The man who died shortly after being detained by Davis police last week had a criminal history dating back to the early 1980s, including at least two stints in state prison.

James Kenneth Dugger served a nearly six-year sentence from June 1990 to April 1996 for a felony child endangerment conviction out of Nevada County, according to Bill Sessa, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Rob Kuznia, The Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — Jose Gonzalez remembers feeling disoriented as he stepped out of Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and into the vastness of the Colorado Desert. A corrections van was waiting to shuttle him to freedom. The driver rolled down the passenger window and told Gonzalez to get in. The door handle felt foreign in his fingers, and he struggled to open it.

“I’d never been able to open my own door in 20 years,” he said.

Gonzalez had just served a long stint on a life sentence for his role in a grisly 1996 murder. Until his release last April, Gonzalez had no doubt he would die in prison: “If you had a life sentence . . . you were going to do life. No one was getting out.”

Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento judge said he will decide Tuesday whether a former correctional officer and his wife committed workers’ compensation fraud after the officer was shot and paralyzed outside a San Francisco sex club.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge James McFetridge heard closing arguments in the court trial Monday.

John Alfonzo Smiley and Cynthia Ann Biasi, who face four fraud-related counts, are accused of lying in depositions claiming the April 27, 2008, shooting outside the club that left Smiley in a wheelchair was work-related, then seeking $4 million in workers’ compensation.