Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

CBS 13 News

REPRESA (CBS13) – This is the latest on an incident at California State Prison, Sacramento.

12:15 p.m.

At least four inmates were injured in the incident, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

One of the inmates was shot by a correctional officer, officials say. Another inmate was stabbed multiple times in the incident. Both have been transported to a hospital outside of the prison.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Two inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento, have been taken to an outside hospital following a fight at the prison in Folsom.

Three inmates attacked a fourth inmate Monday morning with blades they had manufactured, according to a news release. When the three attackers ignored orders, correctional officers used one blast-dispersion grenade and fired one round from a Mini-14 rifle to stop the attack, officials said.

CBS 13 News

VACAVILLE (CBS13) — He’s being called the voice of rehabilitation.

After 36 years of incarceration, an R&B and funk singer from the 1970s is back on the music scene.

Tower of Power’s Rick Stevens went back to prison on Friday, this time to entertain and inspire hope.

Ryan McCarthy, Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — Rick Stevens, original lead singer for Tower of Power, stood Friday in the gym of the California Medical Facility and sang his signature song, “You’re Still a Young Man,” at the state prison where he spent four of his 36-year sentence for first-degree murder.

Stevens, 76, spoke at the start of the concert about his return to Vacaville in front of hundreds of inmates.

The Fresno Bee

A norovirus that caused Coalinga State Hospital to limit patient activity and visitations for the past nine days is expected to be lifted Saturday.

Meanwhile, four inmates at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga remain on quarantine for an intestinal flu bug that tests determined was not norovirus.

At Coalinga State Hospital, 62 patients have been diagnosed with norovirus, a highly contagious virus that has been associated with outbreaks on cruise ships.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Maria Sestito, Napa Valley Register

Clad in their orange uniforms and hardhats, inmate firefighters are preparing for the upcoming fire season with crew readiness drills here in Napa.

These are convicts who are considered trustworthy enough to spend part of their sentence at a low-security fire camp where they will assist professional firefighters in combating wildfires.

Inmates from Delta and Konocti conservation camps came to Napa County last week to receive CalFire training on Old Soda Springs Road. They learned how to use tools, build fire breaks and find safety if flames threaten to engulf them.

Audrey Liviakis, KSBY

Local non-profit organization "Get on the Bus" shuttled more than 150 kids from across California to the California Men's Colony Saturday afternoon in an early Father's Day celebration for those incarcerated there.

KSBY's photojournalist Nate Asher spoke with Damonte Brown from Victorville. Brown said, although he had talked to his father many times on the phone, Saturday's bus trip was the first time they would meet face-to-face.

Julie Zeeb, Daily News

Red Bluff >> Signs went up in late April and early May in the area of the East Sand Slough letting people know what appeared to be piles of brush were actually habitat structures for the local wild life. The purpose was to create areas for wild life to hide in after several dead trees were removed during a cleanup project.

In February, work was done through a multi-agency effort, with the Tehama County Resource Conservation District coordinating things, in clearing dead trees left behind by the June 2013 fire that swept through the slough as well as clean-up of other vegetation. The city of Red Bluff, Tehama County Probation Department AB-109 crew California Conservation Corps and Cal Fire inmate crews assisted in the efforts.

Michael Doyle, The Fresno Bee

WASHINGTON- From the isolated depths of California State Prison, Corcoran, inmate Antonio A. Hinojosa hand-wrote his way toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Monday, he lost. In being heard, though, he also made a point.

In a 6-2 decision that could affect other state prisoners, the Supreme Court rejected Hinojosa’s challenge to a California law that cost him good-time credits. The lost credits would have helped Hinojosa win earlier release from a 16-year sentence for armed robbery and related crimes.

DEATH PENALTY

Winston Ross, Newsweek

The immediate effect of drug manufacturer Pfizer’s announcement Friday that it will no longer sell its drugs for use in executions is obvious: States are about to have a tougher time finding the necessary ingredients for a lethal injection cocktail. Pfizer and other drug makers have long expressed concern about products that are designed to be “life-saving” instead used for the opposite purpose, and the New York-based manufacturer has taken a clear stand.

“Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve,” the company said in a statement. “Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of any of our products in the lethal injection process for capital punishment.”

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.

“Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve. Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment,” the company said in the statement made public on its website Friday.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Logan Goldberg, The Daily California

David Maldonado stood above the crowd that had packed into Anna Head Alumnae Hall — a crowd that included the mayor of Berkeley, a former campus chancellor, a California state senator, Maldonado’s smiling wife and kids, and his fellow graduates — and changed the song. On top of everything else, he was the graduation DJ.

Maldonado is also a man who has, in many ways, lived two lives. Just eight years ago, he was serving the last of his prison sentences, with the prospect of graduating from a prestigious university with a master’s degree almost unthinkable.