Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

NOTE: CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety played a key role in this operation.

A multi-agency task force on Tuesday arrested 31 members and associates of a Santa Fe Springs gang on federal racketeering charges as part of a three-year investigation.

Members of the Canta Ranas gang, or “The Singing Frogs,” are suspected of killing a rival gang leader and trying to kill a Whittier police officer, according to Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Related story: Who are ‘The Singing Frogs’? Feds detail activities of the Canta Ranas gang

Mrozek said 28 suspects were arrested in the Los Angeles area, while three others were arrested in Northern California and Arizona, all part of the investigation dubbed “Operation Frog Legs.” Those arrested locally are expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in a Los Angeles federal court.


The Triplicate

Pelican Bay State Prison inmates donated $3,000 to CASA of Del Norte at the organization’s Chip in For Kids golf tournament last month.

The funds come from the prison’s Prisoners Embracing Anti-hostility Cultural Evolution, or PEACE, an inmate leisure time activity group that focuses on conflict resolution and reducing interracial violence at Pelican Bay.

Henry J. Cordes, World-Herald

Lawrence Phillips strangled himself with a bedsheet strung from a TV shelf in his California prison cell, concludes the final report of the coroner who investigated the former Nebraska football star’s death.

The long-awaited report offers other new details of what prison officials found when they entered Phillips’ cell on Jan. 13, including a “Do Not Resuscitate’’ note taped to his chest. Phillips was hanging in a seated position, apparently because the TV shelf was so low to the floor.

There were other such details in the report, but nothing that on its face would suggest that the death of the talented but flawed Phillips was anything but self-­inflicted.


Suspect allegedly conspired with three Corcoran inmates
Mike Eiman, The Sentinel

CORCORAN — A Sacramento woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of conspiring with three inmates to bring drugs into California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison.

Lt. Erick Smith, a spokesman for the Corcoran facility, said Minerva Daniel, 56, was found in possession of about 34.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Daniel was arrested after authorities discovered the illegal activity. A child who was with Daniel was taken into protective custody. Smith said three inmates involved in the alleged smuggling have been placed in administrative segregation. The case remains under investigation.


Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ >> The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved 11 contracts worth about $1.2 million to nonprofit groups that help people on parole and probation overcome addiction, find housing, find jobs and otherwise improve their lives.

The goal of all the programs is to prevent offenders from committing more crimes, said Santa Cruz County Probation Chief Fernando Giraldo.

“This is a really a collective impact model,” Giraldo said Tuesday. “I think everyone has a common goal,”


Six reasons you’re likely to be disappointed
Tom Meagher & Christie Thompson, The Marshall Project

Officials in Letcher County, Ky. — where roughly one in four people live below the poverty line — are banking on a new federal prison as the solution to the area’s high rate of unemployment. Plans to build a high-security, 1,200-person facility in the coal country town are nearly final, after a decade of effort by the region’s representative, Hal Rogers, R-Ky.

“Unfortunately, the prison business is essentially recession-proof and they are built to last,” Rogers told a local paper in 2006.

Rogers and members of the local planning commission have said staffing the facility could create up to 300 jobs, not to mention the many more needed to construct it. The median household income in Letcher County is less than $32,000 and unemployment in 2014 was about twice the national rate. When Congress allocated $444 million to build a new prison, the commission members called it “a great Christmas gift to Letcher County” and “almost more than we could ask for.”