Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Lance Knobel, Berkeleyside

When Berkeley-based comedian W. Kamau Bell went to San Quentin State Prison last fall he expected a tough dystopia, thanks to the images accumulated through what he calls “prison porn.” Bell found something very different.

He went to prison to make an episode of his new CNN series, “United Shades of America” (broadcast on Sundays at 7 p.m.). In “United Shades,” Bell “explores the far corners of our country and its various groups and subcultures.” In the first episode, he seeks out and speaks to Ku Klux Klan members, encounters that veer from frightening to hilarious to disquieting. The San Quentin episode first aired on May 1.

Stephanie K. Baer, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A low-security inmate who walked away from a conservation camp near Azusa early Monday morning was located about a mile and a half away from the camp about 12 hours later.

At 12:55 a.m., California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials discovered the inmate, Wade Raffaniello, 51, was missing from his dorm at the Julius Klein Conservation Camp, 2367 E. Fork Road, said Camp Commander Lt. Hector Morua. He had last been seen at about 12:05 a.m. during a routine security check.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Fox26 KMPH News

Avenal State Prison (ASP) participated in the 23rd annual national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, April 28th.

The days is when millions of workplaces welcome boys and girls to experience the working world.

Annual festival celebrates culture, brings people of all races together
Almendra Carpizo, Record

STOCKTON — A two-day event intended to build a bridge between the community and opportunities and celebrate culture is planned for May 14-15.

The annual Stockton Black Expo Unity Festival is about bringing people of all races together and helping them find the tools they need to succeed, said expo founder Rickie Warren. The theme of the event is “Help Stockton Thrive.”

To do that, Warren said, everyone should be afforded the same opportunities.

abc 30 News

A correctional officer is recovering after a mishap on the grounds of the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison at Corcoran.

The accident reportedly happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning during training at the weapons range on the grounds of the prison. The victim was reportedly conducting target practice with a rifle when it malfunctioned, and the correctional officer was injured.

Jon Chown, Courthouse News

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — A Muslim mother's civil rights complaint against guards at Salinas Valley State Prison will move forward after a federal judge denied their motion to dismiss.

Latifa Isakhanova, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Azerbaijan, sued William I. Muniz and six other prison guards after receiving rough treatment on a visit to her son in August 2103.

Before she visited, her son had '"signed two prison group grievances and two inmate group appeals challenging SVSP's interference with the religious practices of Muslim inmates,'" U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson wrote in his April 26, order, quoting from her second amended complaint.

Eduardo Santiago, KYMA

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – Four women visiting Calipatria State Prison were arrested in three separate incidents throughout Saturday.

Prison officials say the first incident happened after they noticed Tamarrah Jeanniece James looked nervous as she refused to make eye contact.

The 30-year-old continued to get more nervous as officers questioned her. Officers say the Victorville resident consented to a search of her person and car where they found 0.97 grams of cocaine. Officers say they weren’t able to link the evidence to any inmate.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Jamie Schram, The New York Post

A former disciple of Charles Manson admitted that she would have done anything for the cult leader in 1969 — even if it meant killing babies — during a parole hearing last month, The Post has learned.

Leslie Van Houten, 66, was recommended for release from prison after the April 14 hearing in which she discussed her role in the savage murders of a wealthy married couple in their Los Angeles home on August 10 that year.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Lisa Van De Hey, Gridley Herald

Editors note: Although the gang members formerly of Gridley gave their names willingly for the film, their names are excluded from this article for the protection of their innocent family members.

A one hour film, produced by Butte County's Public Defenders, gave the most insight into gangs and the aftermath of their choices than any other public forum could possibly accomplish.

After Butte County Public Defender Ron Reed interviewed gang members from Gridley who are now incarcerated, the one hour film was edited from hundreds of hours by Channel 12 Production Manager Casey Zampa.

Biggest changes due to prison population shifts in Avenal and Corcoran
Seth Nidever, The Sentinel

Lemoore had the biggest non-prison related population increase in Kings County in 2015, according to new estimates released Monday from the California Department of Finance.

Lemoore’s 2 percent growth rate more than doubled the .9 percent growth Hanford experienced from Jan. 1, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2016.

Hanford went from 55,337 to 55,840, while Lemoore went from 22,215 to 22,691.

To explain the boost to their city’s numbers, Lemoore officials pointed to growth at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The Navy jet base is expanding and has been selected as the home of the new F-35C fighter.

OPINION

Mark Berman, The Washington Post

California is not the first state that springs to mind when considering the country’s death penalty, perhaps owing to how infrequently inmates there are executed. The last execution in California took place in 2006, when the state executed 76-year-old Clarence Ray Allen for three counts of first-degree murder. Even before the current decade-long hiatus — prompted by concerns over lethal injection protocols — it was still rare for the state to put someone to death. Since 1976, the year the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, California has executed 13 of its death row inmates; Texas, far and away the country’s most active death-penalty state, executed 13 inmates last year alone.