Friday, July 29, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Suspect is listed in critical condition, police say
KCRA 3 News

MODESTO, Calif. (KCRA) —A suspect armed with a knife was shot by an off-duty corrections officer Thursday, the Modesto Police Department said.

The 61-year-old man was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. Police said his condition has been stabilized.

The shooting happened after 5 p.m. outside of the Costco near Pelandale Avenue, police said. Modesto police got reports of a man who was armed with a knife inside of the store.

"He had one glove on with a knife in his hand. He was walking around. He looked really confused. I don't know what his deal was,” witness George Kunkel said.


Leo Stallworth, abc

LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- The California State Prison in Lancaster took in 50 animals that were evacuated from The Deaf Dog Rescue of America (DDRA) in Acton after their community was threatened by the Sand Fire.

The DDRA had an extremely hard time finding a place that would take these animals in. The prison was the only place that opened their doors.

"It was very scary. Not having a place for the dogs to go, not knowing what we were going to do, but then thank the warden for letting us come here," Mark Tipton with DDRA said.

Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento jurors, in a $1.1 million verdict Wednesday, sided with a state corrections employee who claimed her higher-ups did little or nothing to protect her from threats made by one of her subordinates, then retaliated against her when she complained of the threatening treatment.

Jurors awarded Onalis Giunta, a supervising dental assistant at Folsom State Prison when she filed the 2012 lawsuit against California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, $990,000 for noneconomic losses and mental suffering along with another $107,000 in past and future earnings, in their verdict, court documents showed.

Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — A lost paycheck at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville is costing taxpayers nearly $10,000 – according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Merle Deloney worked as a prison guard for 31 years when he retired in December 2014. When he went to get his final paycheck, he got the runaround from prison bureaucrats until they figured out that the paycheck had been lost.


OC Register

LOS ANGELES – A lawyer for a Charles Manson follower who was convicted in the 1969 murders of a California couple said Thursday he will ask a court to overturn Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to deny her parole.

Attorney Rich Pfeiffer said he will file a petition Friday seeking the release of 66-year-old Leslie Van Houten after a parole board found she posed no threat to society.

Sarah Parvini, The Los Angles Times

A parole agent was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of handing over gift cards and bus passes in return for narcotics prescribed to a parolee.

Scott Patric Keblis, 49, of Chino, was charged with one felony count of embezzlement by a public employee and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance,the Orange County district attorney’s office said.

Keblis was released from custody Thursday after posting $20,000 bond.

Angela Ruggiero, East Bay Times

SOLEDAD-- In an unexpected twist, a convicted child molester Thursday asked at his own hearing that he be denied parole after learning the son he molested for years killed himself 14 years ago.

Ron Roy Choss, 63, was convicted of charges related to child molestation and rape of his son, Ronaldo Choss, and stepdaughter Michele Choss.

In 1989, Choss, a former Emeryville police officer, was sentenced to 75 years in state prison, but recent regulations designed to ease prison overcrowding made him eligible for a parole hearing. Because he is over the age of 60 and has served more than 25 years, Choss was granted Thursday's parole hearing in Soledad State Prison.

Dorothy Mills-Gregg, Capitol Weekly

Gov. Jerry Brown has a lot riding on the November ballot.

Voters will decide on his Proposition 57, which Brown says would let nonviolent inmates become eligible for parole sooner, create “good behavior” credits for state prisoners and let judges decide whether to try a juvenile as an adult. With California’s prisons crowded and facing a court-imposed population cap, and thousands of inmates housed outside the state, Brown says his measure makes sense.

“This is a very positive possible improvement if the voters embrace it because it will allow individuals to take some – take real control of their lives,” Brown, a Democrat, said when he unveiled the proposal earlier this year. “It will allow judges to take back their power of judging,” an apparent reference to a provision that allows judges — not prosecutors — to decide whether a juvenile should be tried as an adult.


The Bakersfield Californian

An inmate found dead in his cell at a Delano prison last week died from asphyxiation caused by neck compression and his death has been ruled a homicide, coroner’s officials say.

Kern Valley State Prison staff found Jason M. Christner unresponsive about 8 p.m. July 21 and were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

Shane McCain, 40, was transferred from the California Institution for Men to the local facility on Wednesday and ran away later that night.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Authorities sought the public's help Thursday to find a state prison inmate who ran away from a Los Angeles County re-entry facility.

Shane McCain, 40, was transferred from the California Institution for Men to the local facility on Wednesday, and ran away later that night, said Bill Sessa of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Joy Resmovits, The Los Angeles Times

John Deasy, the controversial former superintendent who led the Los Angeles Unified School District for three-and-a-half turbulent years, is embarking on a new venture that could prove just as challenging: keeping juvenile offenders from returning to jail.

Deasy wants to do that by opening alternative juvenile prisons in Los Angeles and Alameda counties that could include activities such as yoga, meditation, art, counseling, athletics and education. His goal is to reduce recidivism by 50%.

Erica Webster, Beyond Chron

The California Sentencing Institute (CASI) criminal and juvenile justice interactive map now shows annual criminal and juvenile justice statistics for 2009-2014. The map provides users with county-by-county visual comparisons illustrating law enforcement practices, incarceration rates, and trends over the course of six years.

Given the shift in criminal justice policies stemming from Public Safety Realignment in 2011 and juvenile justice realignment in 2007, the CASI map provides a useful visual tool for understanding and monitoring how counties implement statewide policy changes. When all relevant 2015 data becomes available, this map will be updated to show changes in California justice practices after the implementation of Proposition 47.


Debra J. Saunders, SF Gate

“If the word ‘Manson’ was not attached to Leslie, she would have been out 20 years ago,” attorney Rich Pfeiffer told me about his client, convicted Manson “family” killer Leslie Van Houten, who is serving a life sentence for her role in two 1969 murders. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a parole board recommendation to parole Van Houten, 66, because she is remorseful, has accepted responsibility for her crimes and no longer poses a danger to society. “As our Supreme Court has acknowledged,” Brown wrote, “in rare circumstances a crime is so atrocious that it provides evidence of current dangerousness by itself.”