Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor

NOTE: The reporter has been informed that the California recidivism rate is 54.3 percent, not “above 60,” as reported in the article.

To prepare themselves for the outside world, some California inmates are performing Shakespeare plays.

The Arts in Corrections (AIC) program is made possible by a $3.5 million state grant, which is distributed through contracts with 10 different arts organizations to teach at 19 state prisons.

“I think that when inmates can prove they can do something as complicated, difficult and challenging as memorizing a whole Shakespeare play and performing it in front of their peers, not only is there a lot of personal transformation that’s going on, but also it transforms the institution,” Lesley Currier, director of the Marin Shakespeare Company, tells KXTV News in Sacramento, Calif.


CRESTLINE, Calif. (KABC) -- Law enforcement officials are looking for an inmate who walked away from a state conservation camp Tuesday morning, officials said.

Chad Ellebracht, 40, was discovered missing around 7:30 a.m. from the Pilot Rock Conservation Camp #15 in Crestline, San Bernardino County, state officials said. Camp staff searched the area, including dormitory buildings and the camp perimeter, but were unable to find him and notified local law enforcement agencies.

He was last seen at a routine inmate count at 5:40 a.m.

Hillary Jackson, My News LA

Authorities Tuesday were seeking the whereabouts of a 28-year-old man who walked away from a halfway house in Los Angeles less than four months before he was due to be paroled for a burglary conviction.

Janathen Sufle left the Male Community Re-entry Program facility on South Grand Avenue on Saturday, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.



A lockdown that was put in place at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo last week was lifted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

The lockdown began in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 25, after officials at the prison say someone called the facility claiming there was dangerous contraband on the property.

A search of the prison was reportedly completed Monday evening. Officials say various contraband was discovered, but not the contraband in question. Officials will not reveal what type of contraband that was.

Eduardo Santiago, KYMA

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – A woman was arrested after prison guards found marijuana in the car she drove to Calipatria State Prison.

Officers say Deja Raybniece Washington, 27, an Inglewood resident was at the prison as a visitor, when the Gate House officer noticed a strong smell of pot coming from her car.

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Greg Dool, FOLIO

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Ryan McCarthy, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — David Frias, pastor of New Horizon Ministries, says a Solano County Superior Court case for alleged criminal threats is a misunderstanding that will be dropped Thursday, the temporary restraining order a Suisun City man obtained against him is unwarranted and that a criminal record going back to 1979 involves mostly DUI’s.

Frias, 54, said he was at San Quentin State Prison after being sentenced in 2011 in Lake County to two years for unlawful possession of ammunition after a sheriff’s deputy stopped Frias in 2008 and found 12 rounds of hollow-point bullets and another five rounds of .357 handgun ammunition.