Monday, April 11, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Playwrights Project worked with Donovan prisoners on original piece
Gary Warth, The San Diego Union- Tribune

San Diego — Dramatic depictions of life behind bars have been popular for decades, but a new original play coming to San Diego State University might be one of the most accurate ever staged.

Inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility wrote “I’m GOOD” – an acronym for “Incarcerated Men Getting Over Obstacles Daily – as part of the Playwrights Projects, a nonprofit that uses writing and theater to advance literacy, creativity and communication.

Christian Cotroneo, The Dodo

You'd think no one would want to be walking a prison yard with an elderly Chihuahua.

But such is the charm of a dog named Chiller.

These inmates at California City Correctional Facility can't get enough of the 9-year-old shelter dog. They're co-training, co-parenting and co-loving Chiller, thanks to an innovative new program that pairs shelter dogs with inmates.

Brittny Mejia, The Los Angeles Times

Authorities late Thursday said an inmate firefighter who escaped a Central Coast conservation camp by cutting a hole through a perimeter fence is back in custody.

Bobby Gleason, 37, was discovered missing from Ventura Conservation Camp No. 46, in Camarillo, at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Derrick Taylor, camp commander. Staff searched the camp and found that Gleason, who was serving time for burglary, had cut a hole in a fence and walked away.

The Associated Press

DELANO, Calif. Authorities say an inmate at a Central California prison was strangled and coroner's officials are calling his death a homicide.

Friday's report follows the death of 27-year-old Johnny Montenegro. He was found unresponsive Wednesday in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Esteban Nunez, 27, pleaded guilty to the 2008 stabbing death of college student Luis Santos in San Diego
NBC Bay Area, NBC San Diego and The Associated Press

The son of a once-prominent California lawmaker, convicted in the stabbing death of a Bay Area man, has been released from prison after his sentence was reduced by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Esteban Nunez, 27, pleaded guilty to the 2008 stabbing death of college student Luis Santos in San Diego. Nunez is the son of Fabian Nunez, who was speaker of the state assembly and a political ally of Schwarzenegger.

Debbi Baker, The San Diego Union- Tribune

The son of former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, whose conviction in the stabbing death of a college student was commuted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, walked out of prison Sunday after serving less than six years of a 16-year sentence.

Esteban Nuñez, 27, was released on Sunday morning and will live in Sacramento where he will be on parole for three years, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Kollin Kosmicki, San Benito County Today

Notorious Hollister murderer Gustavo Marlow will spend at least another 15 years behind bars following a parole hearing Thursday.

Hollister police announced on Twitter that the Jamestown parole hearing resulted in a denial for Marlow, who will have to wait another 15 years before another parole opportunity.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Scott Smith, The Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Since the beginning of the school year, the drinking fountains have been off limits for students at Foothill Intermediate School.
Lead in the drinking water frequently rises to unhealthy levels at the school an hour's drive north of Sacramento, forcing officials to haul in bottled water until they find the source of the contamination and remove it.

"We'll do whatever it takes," said Ryan DiGiulio, an assistant superintendent at Marysville Joint Unified School District, which has three campuses plagued with lead problems. "We want kids to come to school and staff to teach them with no health issues."

Julie Small, KQED

Prop. 47 savings could support Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers.

At Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers in Oakland, 16-year-old Eric enjoys tending roses in a small patio.

“It don’t got a lot of roses yet but they’re growing,” he said. It could be a metaphor for his own life.

Kate Giammarise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State and European prison officials, academics, scientists, attorneys, released former inmates and others will gather in Pittsburgh this week to discuss prolonged solitary confinement in prison — as well as possible alternatives to the practice.

The conference will bring together disparate and international groups that would normally never be in the same room to discuss solitary confinement, said Jules Lobel, a University of Pittsburgh Law School professor who is organizing the event. The conference is being held Friday and Saturday at Pitt Law School in Oakland.