Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Louis Casiano Jr., OC Register

A convicted murderer serving 26 years to life for killing his 11-year-old niece as she slept attacked corrections officers at a prison in San Diego County on Monday, state prison officials said.

William Dawes, 38, who is housed at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, ran up and struck a corrections captain on the back of his head with a large concrete rock at 9:25 a.m., according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections.


Law enforcement is searching for a 19-year-old male inmate who walked away from the minimum-security Alder Conservation Camp near Klamath on Monday.

Darius Louis was last seen by Alder Conservation Camp staff during a routine count at 9 p.m. and was discovered missing during the 10:30 p.m. count, according to a press release from the California Department of Corrections. He was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew after he was sentenced to the CDCR in June 2015 from Lake County for grand theft.


The '90s are back with a vengeance.

Following the massive success of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," more major court cases from back in the day are getting the TV and film treatment.

CBS is planning a docuseries about JonBenet Ramsey's murder (a la "Making a Murderer"), Margot Robbie has plans to produce and star in a flick about Tonya Harding and NBC just greenlit a series about the infamous Menendez Brothers.


Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

The latest tentative labor agreement with California’s correctional officers proves that there’s more than one way to boost employee compensation without calling it a “raise.”

While the new contract proposal for the 29,000 members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association contains modest salary bumps, other provisions put more money in their pockets now and later by changing everything from fitness pay rules to making some paid leave count toward the threshold for overtime.


Fontana Herald News

Chaffey College officials announced recently that the college is a recipient of the Opportunity Institute’s Renewing Communities Initiative grant.

Chaffey will receive $140,000 to implement a program for incarcerated individuals at the California Institution for Men (Chino) based on the college’s already successful program at the women’s facility.

The Chaffey College California Institution for Women (CIW) program began in 2005 through the vision of Warden Dawn Davison, Chaffey faculty member Christine Flores, and administrators Laura Hope and Dr. Sherrie Guerrero.


Fox 5 News

SAN DIEGO – The former San Diego police officer convicted of soliciting sexual favors from women during traffic stops in the Gaslamp Quarter was released from prison, authorities confirmed Monday.

Anthony Arevalos, 45, was discharged from the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility on Sunday, three days after being transferred to the Otay Mesa penitentiary from Avenal State Prison in Kings County, corrections Lt. Philip Bracamonte said.

Esteban Nunez, 27, pleaded guilty in 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 in 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.

Prosecutors said Esteban Nunez and three other men were angry because they were refused entry to a party. They attacked Santos, stabbing him in the chest, near San Diego State University on Oct. 4, 2008.


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that the initiative he is promoting for the November ballot would help fix a mistake he made nearly 40 years ago that has sent too many offenders to prison for decades with little hope of rehabilitation.

The Democratic governor wants voters to approve a ballot measure that would increase early release credits for inmates who complete rehabilitation programs and allowing earlier parole for nonviolent felons.

How loved ones bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
Eli Hager and Rui Kaneya, The Marshall Project

ELOY, Ariz.—On the outskirts of this dusty, rural town southeast of Phoenix, Mahealani Meheula peers out from her rental car window at neatly planted rows of palm trees alongside the road. Amid a landscape of saguaro cactuses and low shrubs, the trees — apparently a nursery — are an unexpected reminder of Hawaii, her home nearly 3,000 miles away.

"Look around,” says Meheula, who is of Native Hawaiian descent and was born and raised in Honolulu. “This is not us.”

Yet she is on her seventh trip to the Arizona desert, driving to a massive concrete complex of four private prisons, including the Saguaro Correctional Center.