Friday, March 11, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regained responsibility for providing medical care at a second state prison on Thursday as it slowly makes progress toward ending a decade of federal control.

J. Clark Kelso, the federal court-appointed receiver, turned operations at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad back over to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.



San Quentin Correction Facility is one of North America's most notorious prisons. It's held convicts like Charles Manson, and today it houses the largest death row population in the USA. It is here that those sentenced to death in California are executed.

It's everything you might think of jail opened in 1852. It's cells are dark, claustrophobic and threatening. However outside in the Californian sun is one of the more progressive programs run for inmates. The tennis court.


Roberto M. Robledo, The Salinas Californian

They’ve stolen and robbed and taken from others. Now they’re giving back. On Wednesday, a group of inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison handed over a check for nearly $5,000 to the keepers of Tatum’s Garden Community Park in Salinas. The inmates are military veterans who formed the Facility A Veterans Group at the prison.

The group is allowed to hold three fundraisers a year. Their contributions go to programs and services that help veterans both on the outside and inside. Asked why they chose Tatum’s Garden as a recipient of their good will, the group’s chairman Tim Brown said the members liked that the park is all-inclusive and welcomes all.

Jefferson Award Winner Founded The Last Mile To Teach Inmates Technology    
Allen Martin, CBS

SAN QUENTIN (KPIX 5) Imagine teaching someone to write computer code when they don’t own a computer.. and even if they did, they can’t get online. This week’s Jefferson Award winner isn’t letting those challenges stop her, if it means prison inmates get the training they need to get good jobs once they’re released.

Beverly Parenti and her husband Chris Redlitz drive by San Quentin State Prison in Marin County often.

“On the ferry you pass San Quentin, you drive by San Quentin, but you never really know what’s going on inside the prison walls,” Parenti said thoughtfully.


Veronica Rocha, The Los Angeles Times

A felon gunned down by a Torrance jewelry store owner during a botched robbery this week was identified Thursday as a person of interest in the deaths of an elderly couple killed in their home, authorities said.

Keon Bailey, 20, of Lancaster was shot and killed by the owner of Leilani’s Jewelers, at 18099 Prairie Ave. in Torrance, when he barged in with a gun and tried to rob the store just before noon Tuesday, authorities said.


Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

A study of more than 600 overturned felony convictions in California calculates the cost of those botched cases to taxpayers at more than $220 million over two decades.

The effort to put a price on prosecutorial misconduct, errant judicial rulings and forensic lab mistakes was undertaken by the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Grieder, The Triplicate

Yates sentenced after being caught on video stealing cash from a suspect during a raid

A former Pelican Bay State Prison Correctional Officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail yesterday for stealing cash from a suspected drug dealer during the execution of a search warrant in March 2015.

Del Norte District Attorney Dale Trigg had Matthew Yates charged with misdemeanor petty theft  for stealing $100 from the wallet of James Banuelos during the March 5, 2015 raid, an act caught on home surveillance footage that prompted prompted an extensive FBI investigation of officer misconduct.

Sukey Lewis, KQED

Dameion King’s office in downtown Richmond looks like a cross between a Starbucks and a tech startup — with exposed brick walls, mobile workstations, laptop computers and brightly painted meeting rooms.

“Then if you go upstairs, this is my favorite part up here,” King said, as he headed up a narrow staircase to a loft area and meeting space. “I actually could live here. All I need is a rollout bed and an Internet connection. So this is the area where we plan to have restorative justice circles and AA and NA meetings.”

Fifteen years ago King was behind bars, serving a three-year sentence for firearm and drug possession. Now he’s a coach at the new Richmond Reentry Success Center. The center is designed to help people recently released from prison or jail get back on their feet.


William Lansdowne, The Sacramento Bee

As a rookie police officer in 1966, I had firm ideas about how to prevent crime – arrest as many lawbreakers as possible and lock them up for a very long time. As I rose through the ranks to become police chief in San Diego, I found little reason to question those principles.

But my thinking has changed – and I’m not alone. Today we know a lot more about what works to deter would-be criminals and change the behavior of those who have already broken the law. While prison will always be the proper punishment for most violent offenders, we know that for many lower-level offenders, other sanctions can more effectively steer them toward productive lives.