Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

The Associated Press

GEORGETOWN, Calif. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they are looking for an inmate convicted of robbery and assault with a firearm who escaped from a conservation camp in Northern California.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday Deandrea J. Farlow was last seen Sunday night in his assigned dorm at Growlersburg Conservation Camp in Georgetown.
Oroville MR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — State prison officials say an inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles County re-entry facility where he was finishing out his sentence is back in custody.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday that Donta Baker was captured in Compton March 25, more than a week after his escape.

DEATH PENALTY

Bay City News

A death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison died of natural causes at a medical center in the community, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said Monday.

Bernard L. Hamilton, 64, was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. A San Diego County jury sentenced Hamilton to death on March 2, 1981, for second-degree burglary and the first-degree murder of Eleanore Buchanan on May 31, 1979, corrections officials said.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Steven Moore, Times Standard News

The serial “Ski Mask Rapist” who terrorized the Eureka-Arcata area in the 1980s is a sexually violent predator, a Humboldt County Superior Court jury ruled Monday.

The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated less than three hours to find Richard Thomas Stobaugh fit the criteria under state law to be confined in a hospital because he has a mental disorder that makes them likely to reoffend.

Owen Tipps, an attorney in the county Public Defender’s Office, said he will appeal the jury’s finding to the California Courts of Appeal.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

New America Media

California’s Proposition 47 stands to save the state millions of dollars due to reductions in jail and prison populations. The bulk of the savings are to be directed to mental health and substance abuse treatment, but some advocates don’t want law enforcement to be able to access funds for programs run in jails.

Prop. 47 passed in 2014, and reclassifies a small set of non-violent felonies as misdemeanors (crimes like simple drug possession, petty theft, and writing bad checks). It also applies retroactively, so people who are currently incarcerated can apply for resentencing.