Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Gary Klien, The Marin Independent Journal

A Los Angeles school aide charged with smuggling heroin and cellphones to a death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison was reassigned by her school district Monday pending further investigation.

Teri Orina Nichols, 47, of Bellflower, was arrested Thursday during a visit with eight-time murderer Bruce Millsap. The prison alleges that Nichols made it into the visiting chamber with 3 ounces of heroin, 18 cellphones, 18 cellphone chargers and two unidentified blue pills hidden under her clothing.

The contraband was discovered after a prison guard noticed some plastic bags in a trash can in the visiting area. Under questioning, Nichols admitted the bags were for smuggled food, and then she revealed the rest of the contraband, the prison said.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Allison Weeks, KRON

VACAVILLE (KRON)—An inmate found dead last week at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville has been identified as 66-year-old Jose Garcia.

Authorities say the death is still under investigation, but it might be a homicide, said police spokesman Lt. Andre Gonzales.

Garcia was found in a pool of blood on Aug.22 around 10:35 p.m. and was pronounced dead just a half an hour later, Gonzales said.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Scott Schwebke, The OC Register

SANTA ANA – A wanted parolee fleeing from Orange police Monday afternoon crashed his vehicle into two cars at a busy Santa Ana intersection, injuring a driver, authorities said.

The parolee, who had non-life-threatening injuries in the crash at Tustin Avenue and 17th Street, has been identified by police as 20-year-old Trevor Loslin. He was transported to a local hospital.

Around 3:30 p.m., officers received an anonymous phone call that Loslin, who was sought by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for unspecified parole violations, was on his way to purchase illegal narcotics in Orange, police said in a statement.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Lily Janiak, SF Gate

Normally, Bay Area theater companies keep their flagship productions fairly separate from their community outreach programming. But with Marin Shakespeare’s production of “Othello,” directed by Robert Currier, the company’s main stage and “social justice” wings have united in an extraordinary way.

Dameion Brown, who plays the title role, served time in California State Prison, Solano. While there, Brown took part in Marin Shakes’ “Shakespeare at Solano,” playing Macduff in a prison performance of “Macbeth,” whose audience included guards and his fellow inmates. After his parole last year, he saw a main stage performance of the company’s “Richard III” and approached Currier about auditioning for a part this year.

Sophia Bollag, The Los Angeles Times

California lawmakers voted Tuesday to add language to sentencing laws that would promote so-called restorative justice.

State law says the purpose of imprisonment is “punishment.” The bill the California Assembly voted to send to the governor Tuesday, AB 2590, would amend the law to state that the “purpose of sentencing is public safety achieved through punishment, rehabilitation, and restorative justice."

Jeanette Marantos, The Los Angeles Times

Yves Calvin Stone, a 41-year-old black man, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, after he was shot in the 44000 block of Gingham Avenue in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Stone was a guest at the home where he was shot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marc Boskovich.

About 11 p.m. Aug. 22, deputies were called about gunshots at a party at the house, Boskovich said.