Monday, April 4, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Adriana Widdoes, KCET

Minutes before I walked through the barbed wire security gates at Lancaster’s California State Prison — L.A. County (LAC) somebody asked whether I felt scared.

Earlier, while making small talk with the prison’s Public Information Officer and other media personnel in the entrance hall, I mentioned I had never been inside before. Had we been standing somewhere else my comment might’ve been interpreted differently, but at LAC “inside” has only one connotation, a clear cut marker of privilege. You’re either inside — one of the approximately 2.3 million Americans currently incarcerated — or you’re not. You’re outside, one of the lucky ones. You’re free.

In response to this question, I made sure to clarify. I was jittery from all the coffee I drank during the 70-mile drive from Los Angeles that morning, not scared. Fear is not an emotion I typically reserve for theater productions, which is why I was being escorted past the visitation room and into the prison’s B-Yard gymnasium in the first place.

Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Authorities on Friday charged a 61-year-old inmate with killing a Glendora teen who went to see “The Omen” at a Covina theater and disappeared nearly 40 years ago.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of murder against Larry James Allred, according to department spokesman Christopher Lee.

The victim, 18-year-old Cynthia May Hernandez, went missing Aug. 26, 1976. Her family couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

Garth Stapley, The Modesto Bee

PALM SPRINGS- Modesto’s Scott Peterson was convicted by police with tunnel vision, complicit media and a bloodthirsty public, claims an unfinished full-length documentary shown for the first time Saturday.

“There wasn’t any evidence in this case,” attorney Mark Geragos, interviewed at length for the movie, told a large crowd at the American Documentary Film Festival during a question-and-answer session just after the screening of “Trial by Fury: The People v. Scott Peterson.”

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

The Press Democrat

Plans for a high-risk sex offender to check into a Petaluma hotel following his release from the Sonoma County Jail fell apart Friday amid warnings issued by police and publicity about the case.

Jonathan Michael Hoppner, 23, instead is considered a transient after he was released Friday from jail under the supervision of state parole agents.

“It’s an unfortunate development. It does make things more complicated,” said Krissi Khokhobashvili, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Keith Sharon, The OC Register

A new film – “The Night Stalker,” starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Richard Ramirez – is set to premiere in Orange County in early June after producers decided the movie should be seen in an area that the serial killer terrorized in 1985.

“We wanted to open in a place where he had an impact,” producer Matt Brady said.

The film will be screened at The Frida Cinema, the art house theater in downtown Santa Ana, about 20 miles from the Mission Viejo neighborhood where Ramirez committed the last of his horrific crimes during the summer of 1985. The date of the premiere has yet to be determined as Brady’s production company tries to firm up a date that Phillips, who is on location shooting the television show “Longmire,” can attend.

Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post

Danny Duchene, who was given a double life sentence but was released from California's Sierra Prison after 32 years, on Pastor Rick Warren's request, was dedicated as a pastor for Saddelback Church's prison ministries this weekend. Duchene shared his spiritual journey with the congregation.

"God can use anybody, even in the most unlikely places," Warren told the congregation in his message, "God Can Use Anybody," and later asked Duchene to share his story, as part of the church's "The Miracle of Mercy" campaign.

Matt Fountain, The Tribune

A new system at the San Luis Obispo County Jail allows inmates to meet with their visitors via streaming video, similar to Skype, a system the Sheriff’s Office hopes will lower demand for on-site visits and help family members who live far away connect with loved ones.

But users of the new video system can expect to pay a pretty penny for the service, and federal regulators are just beginning to examine the new programs to determine whether the industry needs more oversight.