Thursday, August 11, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Nha Nguyen, CBS Sacramento

IONE (CBS13) – Behind these cement walls and metal gates you’ll find what you’d expect.

“I was 17 years old. I did a strong arm robbery. I got 13 years and eight months. I have 19 months left,” said inmate Eric Ardoin.

Here in Facility A, a maximum security space at Mule Creek Prison in Ione, are some of the toughest guys around.

“I’m in prison for manslaughter. I’ve been in prison for like 10 years now,” inmate Maurice said.

But there’s change in the air. Tender Loving Canines just started up an inmate training program.

The convicts train pups to be service dogs for veterans and children with autism.
It’s been a just over a week and these little labs have managed to break the tension with their barks.

Kyma.com

Two women were arrested at Calipatria State Prison after officials say they allegedly brought marijuana onto prison grounds Sunday.
According to officials with the prison, visitor Britney Lauren Gonzalez and Marcela Sandoval-Kelly came to the prison to visit an inmate when the gate house officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle as they were being processed into the institution.

Mike Burkholder, East Country Today

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is pleased to announce that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) today approved an important audit to examine suicide prevention and reduction policies, procedures and practices at state prisons across California.

Though the audit itself will include several prisons within the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR’s) jurisdiction, Senator Leyva’s audit request stems from a significant recent increase in the number and rate of suicides at the California Institution for Women (CIW), a women’s prison located in the 20th State Senate District.

During an eighteen month period in 2014-15, the suicide rate at this facility was eight times the national average for women prisoners and five times the rate for the entire California prison system.  During this same time period, there were four suicides and at least 35 suicide attempts.  Since the beginning of 2016, there have been two suicides at this facility.  The most recent death was on June 1, 2016: a 26 year old woman who was six weeks away from her release date. 

Prior to 2014, there were three suicides total in 14 years.  At CIW from October 2014 to March 2015, nine women were sent for emergency care due to suicide risk and there were over 400 referrals for suicidal behavior during the same period.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee also voted to have California's state auditor investigate prison suicides, University of California spending and certain charter schools.

The twin 40-foot tunnels, each 35 miles long, would funnel Sacramento River water south to dry farmland and millions of residents. The project is opposed by delta-area lawmakers and others who say it will further harm the environment while siphoning water from Northern California.

"This is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever that the state of California is going to be undertaking," said Democratic state Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis. Yet the long-term costs remain unclear, said Wolk and eight other lawmakers of both political parties who sought the audit.

DEATH PENTALTY

ABC News

They California serial killer known as the grim sleeper has been given the death penalty Lonnie Franklin was sentenced for the murders of ten women over two decades. Before the sentencing families of the victims gave heart wrenching testimony one mother demanded Franklin faced for. And explain why he killed her daughter Carmela Coleman was a friend of one of Franklin's victims. If visual. This Halloween not. The only woman who survived an attack by Franklin also spoke yesterday calling him a representative. Of Satan.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: Back in 1990-92, a very close freind of mine, Gardell Fong, was robbed and murdered by two males and a female in the vicinity of Fulton Avenue. Are these murderers still in jail or prison?

JAMES, SACRAMENTO

A: One man was convicted and another acquitted of the July 30, 1990 stabbing death of Gardell T. Fong.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Irene Linda Garcia, an 18-year-old prostitute, lured Fong, 35, to an Auburn Boulevard motel room with a promise of sex. But her was intent to set him up for robbery by Lowell Edward Potts and Kevin Duane Ward. During the robbery, Fong was stabbed 21 times.
In post-arrest statements to police, Potts and Ward each blamed the other for the homicide. Because each claimed the other was responsible for the killing, their cases were heard by separate juries.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

The Richmond Standard

While the Reentry Success Center in Richmond held a well-attended grand opening less than a year ago, the first-stop hub for ex-inmates looking to get on the right track is planning another celebration this Monday to unveil a new indoor mural.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 912 Macdonald Ave., the community is invited to join local officials, nonprofits, businesses and center clients for the unveiling of Freedom’s Expressions, a lobby mural designed and created by 10 formerly incarcerated local residents and family members affected by incarceration.
Described as “bright and beautiful,” the mural was created over a four-month period with guidance from two professional mural artists.