Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

Tiffany Camhi, KQED

45-year-old Solano State Prison inmate Greg Colignese is taking a drawing and painting class. About 20 others prisoners sit around tables in one of the prison’s recreation rooms. They’re working on all kinds of art projects like print-making, pencil sketching and painting.

Colignese’s subject is a headshot of actress Scarlett Johannson, based on a photograph on the cover of Interview magazine. His medium of choice? Oil. Colignese mixes different colored paints in an effort to capture the perfect cotton candy-colored hue of the Hollywood actress’ skin color. “I’ve always wanted to work with oil,” says Colignese. “I’ve been incarcerated 25 years and I’ve never had an opportunity to do oil.”

Fine arts education may be one of the last things you think of when it comes to rehabilitation in California’s state prisons. But prisoners across the California Department of Corrections’ 34 facilities once had access to theater, music, creative writing and visual arts classes. The classes were offered as part of a program called Arts-In-Corrections — and it actually worked.

City News Service

Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire that has destroyed outbuildings, caused power outages, injured four crew members and prompted widespread evacuations while blackening some 7,500 acres in the far southern reaches of San Diego County.

As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the burn zone was only five percent contained, Cal Fire San Diego Capt. Kendal Bortisser reported.
An inmate was hurt battling the fire overnight Monday. He was rushed to a hospital with unknown injuries. Three other firefighters suffered minor heat-related ailments, according to Cal Fire. Their names were not released.

Daniel Miranda, Crime Voice

SALINAS — Mario Torres, a 56-year-old inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison, has been sentenced to 105-to-life for several assaults committed during his incarceration.

The first incident occurred on June 15, 2012, when Torres jumped the victim from behind, pulled out a stabbing instrument from his waistband, and stabbed him repeatedly. The man fell unconscious and landed on his face, which resulted in permanent paralysis.


Associated Press

A follower of mass murderer Charles Manson should stay in prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy California grocer and his wife more than four decades ago, nearly 140,000 people said in a petition given to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

They want him to block the parole of Leslie Van Houten for killing Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary. They were killed a day after other so-called “Manson family” members killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others in 1969.


Jessica Rogness, Vacaville Reporter

Fairfield police made 71 arrests and seized nine illegally possessed firearms during a seven-day special operation last week.

It was a multi-agency enforcement operation conducted from June 12 to Saturday.

The Fairfield Police Department’s Special Operations Team worked with the FBI Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force, the Solano County Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (SET), the Vacaville Police Department’s VICE Team, the Vallejo Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team, the Suisun Police Department, California State Prison, Solano’s Investigative Services Unit, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Parole, Solano County Probation, the California Highway Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security.