Friday, May 13, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Jay Virbel, 50, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been associate director of female offender programs and services since 2012 and served as assistant deputy director of facility operations from 2011 to 2012. Virbel held several positions at the Board of Parole Hearings from 2008 to 2011, including chief deputy of program operations and chief of investigations. He was senior special agent at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Internal Affairs from 2007 to 2008, where he was a special agent from 2005 to 2007. Virbel served in several positions at the California Medical Facility, Vacaville from 1994 to 2005, including lieutenant, sergeant and correctional officer. He was a correctional officer at California State Prison, Los Angeles County from 1993 to 1994. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $165,360. Virbel is a Republican.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Joe Goldeen, Record

STOCKTON — There was a year when U.S. troop levels in a little-known place called Vietnam reached 500,000. “Star Trek” debuted on television. That same year, “Bonanza” was America’s favorite TV show and a young Michael Caine as “Alfie” was all the rage on the big screen, even though “The Sound of Music” won the Oscar for Best Picture.

That year was 1966, and in a distant corner of Stockton the O.H. Close School for Boys — later renamed the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility — opened for business, housing youth younger than 18 convicted of criminal activity.

Jon Schuppe, NBC News

Four decades after fallen funk singer Rick Stevens killed three men in a botched drug deal, he is going back to prison.

This time, it's to entertain — and share his story of redemption.

On Friday afternoon, the former Tower of Power lead singer, who spent 36 years behind bars before being paroled in 2012, will return to California Medical Facility in Vacaville, outside Sacramento, with a 12-piece band and a message: It's possible to go home again.

Kellie DeMarco, KCRA 3 News

Correctional officers from California State Prison-Solano were at Chili’s in Vacaville for the annual “Tip-a-Cop” fundraiser, which raises money for the Special Olympics of Northern California.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Aaron Kinney, The Mercury News

VACAVILLE -- He was once a pillar of the child psychiatry profession. But those days were a distant memory when Dr. William Ayres died April 20 in a hospital prison, leaving behind a mud-smeared reputation and a trail of fractured lives.

Three years into an eight-year sentence for molesting young boys, Ayres died of natural causes in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, according to the Solano County Coroner's Office. He was 84.

The former president of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry pleaded no contest in May 2013 to eight felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with five children under the age of 14. He was suspected of molesting dozens more in the 1980s and 1990s under the guise of physical exams conducted in his San Mateo office.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

R.W. Dellinger, Angelus News

“Good morning,” says Kristen Bell, smiling and shaking the hand of a Latina with her hair pulled back into two twisted braids. The girl, wearing dark pants and a baggy gray sweatshirt with fading stenciled letters on the back, has just walked out of Mass celebrated by chaplain Father Mike Kennedy, a Jesuit, at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar. The 32-year-old woman, dressed in a black leather jacket, gray slacks and a rainbow-colored fedora, is one of a dozen volunteers lined up greeting the locked-up youths on this sunny Sunday spring morning.

With its red brick buildings forming a quad around a sprawling grass field, the place looks like a community college campus. But the part behind coils of razor wire called “The Compound” houses another level of young male offenders, many of whom are being charged for murder in adult court and face long sentences, including life.

Daye's case was one of 15 exonerations from 1989 to 2015 in San Diego County
Kate Morrissey, The San Diego Union Tribune

Frederick Renee Daye was sentenced to life in prison after the victim of a rape and robbery mistook him for one of the two men who attacked her.

The victim told police that one of the men who attacked her in the Euclid Avenue drugstore parking lot and then took off with her car was a black man with long hair and a metallic tooth, according to Union-Tribune archives.