Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


VALLECITO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced the apprehension of an inmate who walked away from a conservation camp five years ago.

Inmate Secundino Cornejo, 44, was taken into custody without incident by the U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday, April 3, 2016, based on a warrant for his arrest from CDCR.  Secundino had been a fugitive since December 10, 2010, when he was discovered missing from the minimum security Vallecito Conservation Camp in Calaveras County.  He will be returned to the Sierra Conservation Center, a secure CDCR prison in Jamestown.


Jenna Lyons, San Francisco Chronicle

Outrage in Petaluma over the possibility that a sex offender released from jail would move to the town prompted authorities to release him in Rohnert Park instead, officials said Monday.

Jonathan Michael Hoppner, 23, was placed in a motel in Rohnert Park on Monday after being released on parole, police said.

Victoria Law, Truthout

Rickie Blue-Sky will appear before the California parole board on Wednesday. He has spent the past 32 years in prison for an act that he has always asserted he did not do. This will be his fifth parole hearing. He is now 70 years old.

In 2013, Blue-Sky appeared before the parole board with numerous certificates showing the programs that he had completed as well as 31 pages of support letters. But those accomplishments mattered less than the crime he had been accused of, his continued claim of innocence and, as a trans man, his gender identity.


Wayne Boatwright

While criminal justice may be an Editorial Board 2016 focus, I find your March 13 editorial “Radically rethinking prisons” prematurely self-congratulatory and dangerously naive. I suggest you look behind the official quotes and study the implementation of this “major shift in criminal justice leadership” before concluding that “California is at the forefront of a national movement to reduce mass incarceration.”

For example, Proposition 47 is estimated to decrease the state’s prison population by an annual average of 4,700 inmates. The long-term potential of Prop. 47 to break the current cycle of addiction, crime, incarceration and recidivism, however, requires the reinvestment of any savings into the Safe Neighborhoods and School Fund.