Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

The Associated Press

LANCASTER, Calif. Authorities say four guards have been injured in inmate attacks at the California state prison in Lancaster.

Corrections officials say a convicted first-degree murderer attacked officers who were escorting his cellmate back to the cell Tuesday morning.

In the resulting melee, one guard was forced over a stair railing and fell one story. The other fell down the stairs while grappling with an inmate.

Rachael Myrow, KQED

The California Arts Council continues its upward climb out of near financial starvation with news Tuesday that the new state budget includes a $10.8 million bump, bringing state support to the agency in fiscal year 2016-17 to roughly $21.1 million.

Included in that sum: a one-time only boost of $6.8 million for the council generally, and $4 million in ongoing funding for the state’s Arts in Corrections program, an initiative that provides arts programming to the state’s prisons.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

IBIOLOGY

Inmates at San Quentin State Prison share their excitement and gratitude at being enrolled in an introductory biology course as part of the Prison University Project. Before being given this opportunity, many of the students didn’t believe they could attend college. Now they are excited to do experiments, they understand complex biological concepts and they are looking forward to using their newly developed skills to better themselves and society when they are released.

ABC

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KABC) -- A Southern California man walked out of prison on Tuesday after enduring more than 20 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit.

William Richards walked out a free man after San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos dismissed charges against him.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Matt Hamilton, The Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County district attorney has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to deny parole for former  Manson “family” member Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of the cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

In a letter dated Friday, Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey told the governor that she “strongly” opposed releasing Van Houten, calling her unsuitable for parole and a threat to public safety.

Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

(Reuters) - Los Angeles' top prosecutor on Tuesday urged California Governor Jerry Brown to keep former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten behind bars, despite the recommendation of a parole board that she be released.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a five-page letter to the governor that Van Houten's role in the Aug. 9, 1969, stabbing murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and her still "disturbingly distorted" view of Manson made her unsuitable for parole.