Friday, July 8, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Cathy Locke,The Sacramento Bee

An inmate was stabbed to death Thursday afternoon at California State Prison, Sacramento, and prison authorities identified two other inmates as suspects.

Humberto Torres, 33, was killed in C Facility, one of three maximum-security units at the prison in Folsom, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release.

He was stabbed multiple times at 1:30 p.m. and pronounced dead at 1:56 p.m., authorities said. Torres came to the state prison system from Lake County on Jan. 26, 2000, and was serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder with a firearm. He had been an inmate in Folsom since May 27, 2015.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Rowena Shaddox, FOX 40 News

STOCKTON -- The family of retired Stockton police Officer Jimmy Pendergrass learned on Wednesday that the man convicted of striking down and killing the veteran cop of more than 45 years will be a free man next month -- barely serving one year of his four-year prison sentence.

"It's heartbreaking," said Kristina Pendergrass, the victim's daughter-in-law. "What do you think the first thing he's gonna do when he gets out? He's gonna go right to the liquor store, and somebody else's family is gonna suffer."

Sage Young, BUSTLE

Charlie has a new girl in his circle in this season of Aquarius, and it didn't take long for Patty to get comfortable with the strange ways of her new friends. In the extra-long Season 2 premiere of the crime drama, a young restaurant employee engages Charlie Manson on the orders of her boss, who wants him and his companions off the premises. Instead, she's drawn into the man's orbit. Patty is ensconced in the Family's commune by her next scene. Her presence on the show has put some historical events into motion. In the Aquarius version of things, Patty introduces Emma and later Charlie to Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson, a brush with fame that indirectly leads to the Cielo Drive and LaBianca murders. The series notoriously throws fictional characters in with portrayals of actual individuals. So, is Patty from Aquarius based on a real person?

The Patty played by Madisen Beaty in Aquarius seems to be a dramatized version of an infamous figure in the bloody legacy of Charles Manson. While some of the women in his company are only credited by first names or nicknames on the show, Patty's full character credit on IMDB is Patricia "Patty" Krenwinkel. Patricia Krenwinkel is very real, and according to The New York Times is still incarcerated in the California Institution for Women for her active role in the Manson Family's killing spree. She has publicly expressed remorse for her crimes, most recently in an interview for the 2014 documentary Life After Manson.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Adam Randall, Daily Journal

A Mendocino County man is collecting signatures in hopes of stopping any chance of his sister’s killer from being paroled.

Donald Carl Allen II has been spending time in front of Wal-mart in Ukiah. Other local citizens found out and soon a small volunteer movement joined Allen’s cause.

James Preston Rogers was sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison in February 2003, for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend, Christine Faye Hilton, 42, who was also Allen’s sister.

Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee

NOTE: The reporter has been informed that the non-violent, second-striker parole process was specifically ordered by federal judges.

A new Yolo County District Attorney’s Office website lists the names of inmates released early on parole, joining Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in pubicly releasing parolees’ names.

Yolo officials tout the site launched this week as a community service, informing Yolo County residents of designated nonviolent second strike offenders sentenced in Yolo County and released early from California prisons.

Inmates serving time for violent felonies and those registered as sex offenders are not eligible for early parole. Inmates must also have served at least 50 percent of their sentence or be within a year of the 50 percent threshold to be eligible for consideration, said Yolo County DA’s officials.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

"Would you want your child walking by this place every day?"
Dave Rice, SD Reader

About two dozen community members gathered in Mountain View on Tuesday afternoon (July 5) to protest the presence of a transitional corrections facility run by the for-profit private prison conglomerate Corrections Corporation of America.

"We're trying to get the county to take back the facility and to use it for some community purpose like a recreation center," explained neighborhood resident Michelle Massett. "There are sex offenders in here. There's two churches right next door, often filled with children, women, other community members who feel at risk. Two doors down there's a school. Would you want your child walking by this place every day?"

Fall ballot initiative could force state to release an additional 25,000 prisoners
Andre Coleman, Pasadena Weekly

In their fight to make the community safer, Pasadena police officers have confiscated 1,300 illegally owned guns off the streets since 2011, according to Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez. 

But now a new ballot measure has Sanchez worried that even more weapons could end up in the hands of felons and undo the work done by police.

The Justice and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 could force the release of thousands of inmates recently reclassified as nonviolent.

OPINION

The San Francisco Chronicle

Berkeley Tech Academy Principal Sheila Quintana had no choice but to suspend 10 students in September after an off-campus brawl was caught on video by neighborhood residents. Another fight among students erupted three days later, leading to three more suspensions.
Quintana knew there had to be a better way to deal with disciplinary process than to shut the students out of school, which can send them into a cycle of futility: falling behind in class and ultimately dropping out with scarce employment opportunities, elevating the risk of a life of crime and incarceration.

There is a better way: It’s a concept known as restorative justice, in which perpetrators of minor to moderate offenses are brought into an intensive program in which they are led to confront the underlying causes and consequences of their actions. They are forced to meet with their victims in sessions known as “the circle” as part of the process of taking responsibility for their actions and repairing the harm they caused.