Monday, July 25, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Rosemary Ndoh, 54, of Hanford, has been appointed warden at Avenal State Prison, where she has been acting warden since 2015 and has served in several positions since 2002, including chief deputy warden, associate warden and supervisor of the correctional education program. She was supervisor of academic instruction at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran from 1997 to 2002 and a teacher at California State Prison, Centinela from 1993 to 1997. Ndoh earned a Master of Arts degree in education from San Diego State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $148,040. Ndoh is registered without party preference.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Madison Park, CNN

(CNN)California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole to former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten, saying that the murder convict "currently poses an unreasonable danger to society."
Earlier this year, the Board of Parole Hearings had recommended her release.

Van Houten and other followers of Charles Manson were convicted for the 1969 murders of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
In 1994, Van Houten described her part in the killings in a prison interview with CNN's Larry King.

Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" to take part in a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again - her past overshadowing her decades as a model prisoner.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday overturned a parole board recommendation in April that found Van Houten, 66, was no longer the violent woman who helped slaughter a wealthy grocer and his wife.

Sentinel

A 64-year-old former Los Gatos woman was denied parole again Thursday in a 1997 fatal DUI crash on Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

March 18, 1997, Deborah Lynn Thompson drove a 1985 Ford Thunderbird east on Summit Road near Highway 17 when she swerved, hit a fence and tree and rolled the car, prosecutors said. Her 42-year-old passenger, Edward Lee Traster, was killed in the crash.

REALIGNMENT

Kate Morrissey, The San Diego Union-Tribune

People serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego County custody recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes, according to new data from the San Diego County probation department.

Before the 2011 state realignment shifting more nonviolent inmates to county facilities, people returning to San Diego County from state prison went back to prison at a higher rate than for California as a whole, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

CBS

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities are still searching for an inmate who escaped from a male community re-entry program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles.

Jory M. Mixon, 29, walked away from the MCRP on Saturday.

The LA County facility is located at 6th and Alvarado in the Rampart area.

Staff at the facility were notified that Mixon’s GPS device had been manipulated, and when they initiated an emergency count and search, they discovered the device had been discarded and that Mixon was missing.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Brian Rokos, Press-Enterprise

Joseph David Dorsey, the Lake Elsinore man who was convicted in 2013 of killing his girlfriend and stuffing her body in a suitcase, was named as a suspect in the slaying of his cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

Jason M. Christner, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell about 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Christner was pronounced dead less than a half hour later.

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California corrections department says an inmate's death is being investigated as a homicide.

Guards at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano found 39-year-old Jason Christner unresponsive in his cell Thursday night. They were unable to revive him.

It's the fifth suspected homicide since November at the prison north of Bakersfield. Officials don't believe they're related.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Sara Libby and Kelly Davis, Voice of San Diego

A November ballot measure is putting San Diego’s mayor and district attorney — both Republicans and frequent allies — at odds.

Last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced he will lead the statewide campaign to oppose the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, or Prop. 57. Also last week, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, currently the only district attorney in California who supports the measure, was in Sacramento, meeting with the secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation about how to address issues raised by Prop. 57’s opponents.

Sean Longoria, Redding Record Searchlight

An initiative on the November statewide ballot would make sweeping changes to California prison sentencing, give judges more authority in whether juveniles are tried as adults and possibly release more prison inmates to counties.

The authors of Proposition 57 contend the measure, if approved by voters, would reduce wasteful state prison spending, emphasize rehabilitation by expanding credits for good behavior and education, and prevent federal courts from indiscriminately releasing prisoners.

Chelcey Adami, The Salinas Californian

Authorities seized a gun, loaded magazine, methamphetamine, cocaine, a stolen prison ballistics vest and a dismembered hawk Friday from a Salinas man who was out on bail for another arrest related to firearms and narcotics last month.

Raul Gonzalo Tapia, 38, a convicted felon, was arrested  in June following a traffic stop during which police found three ounces of methamphetamine and more than $3,000 in Tapia’s pocket. Police then reportedly found firearms, six grams of base cocaine and 44 grams of methamphetamine while serving a search warrant at his home on Riker Street.