Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal

Jere Graham Gordon of Eureka returned to San Quentin State Prison this week for the first time in 45 years. Gordon’s father was Jere P. Graham, a correctional sergeant who was killed in the deadly “San Quentin Six” riot of 1971.

“It’s given me a little bit of closure,” Gordon said somberly, after resting a rose on her father’s dedication plaque. “It’s been healing, celebrating my daddy’s life.”

Gordon and her family were among more than 70 people on Friday who commemorated the 20th anniversary of a memorial dedicated to the 13 correctional officers who have been killed in the line of duty over the prison’s 164-year history.

Eduardo Santiago, KYMA

CALIPATRIA, Calif. – Two prison visitors were arrested after officers say they found drugs in the cars they drove into prison grounds in separate incidents.

Calipatria State Prison (CSP) officials say both arrests were made Saturday.

The first incident happened when Asahi Denise Paul, 24, drove up to the gate house officer, who notice a strong smell of marijuana coming from her car.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Turlock Journal

Daniel Allen Coats, 34, of Turlock, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by filing false claims for federal tax refunds, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, beginning in 2011, Coats and three fellow inmates in the California Correctional Center in Susanville obtained the personal identification information of other inmates and provided it to co-defendants located outside the prison. The co-defendants then used that information to prepare and file false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service, claiming refunds to which the inmates were not entitled. Coats also filed three false tax returns in his own name.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Christi Warren, The Press Democrat

Santa Rosa killer William Ernesto Dominguez has been denied parole.

The decision came after a parole board hearing Wednesday at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, where the 32-year-old is serving a nearly 26-year sentence for the 2001 gang-related murder of Oscar Diaz Gutierrez in Santa Rosa.

Dominguez shot Gutierrez point-blank in the face, prosecutors said. They were both 17 at the time.

DEATH PENALTY

James Queally and Marisa Gerber, The Los Angeles Times

Diana Ware didn’t think she’d live to see her stepdaughter’s killer brought to justice.

In the decades since 23-year-old Barbara Ware was shot and killed in 1987, Ware had gotten used to waiting. Waiting for phone calls from detectives, staring at the phone as the years went by until, eventually, it stopped ringing. She tried to stay hopeful but felt crushed when her husband died without knowing who took his daughter’s life.

Even after she learned police had arrested the man they believed was responsible in 2010, the waiting continued, year after year, as the case dragged on through the courts.

But on Monday, a Los Angeles County jury brought an end to Ware’s wait, deciding that the man known as the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer should be put to death for a series of murders he committed while stalking South L.A.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Steven Yoder, Mic

Joe Booth, 47, figures he's only alive because one person out of dozens responded to letters he'd written begging for help. Serving time in a state prison near San Diego in 2009 for making a death threat against a man who defrauded his ailing mother, he was transferred to a cell with a prisoner who was serving life for a brutal rape.

Booth, who is openly gay, said that at the time he presented himself as "very effeminate," with long red hair to his waist. On his first day in the new lockup, his cellmate caught a rat. As he was torturing the animal, he glared at Booth and told him that he had power over life and death. Booth took that as a threat and got an appointment with a prison psychiatrist to request a new cell.

Teresa Wiltz, PBS

Last month, a Georgia inmate was indicted for ordering the revenge killing of a 9-month-old baby from his prison cell. His alleged tool: a cellphone.

In March, prisoners at the Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama rioted, taping the uprising with smuggled phones — and posting the videos on Facebook.

In January, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that more than 50 people had been charged with using contraband cellphones to run elaborate wire fraud