Thursday, August 4, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Ndoh brings education background to top prison job
Mike Eiman, The Sentinel

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Hanford resident Rosemary Ndoh, 54, as the warden at Avenal State Prison late last month.

Ndoh started her career as an educator, and with more than two decades of experience in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, has worked her way up to being the prison's top administrator.

Avenal State Prison, activated in 1987, is a low-medium security institution that provides housing for general population and sensitive needs inmates. The prison is made up of six facilities with 17 dormitory housing units, one cell housing unit and six open-dorm buildings.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

CBS

At 4:31 p.m. Tuesday,  staffers were called to a cell where they found a 43-year-old inmate unconscious. Lifesaving measures were initiated, but the inmate was pronounced dead about an hour later.

His name is being withheld pending notification of his next-of-kin.

Officials have named the dead man’s cellmate, 36, as a suspect. He has been placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending the outcome of the investigation.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Jeremiah Dobruck, The Los Angeles Times

A California parole agent was arrested Wednesday on charges that he embezzled a gift card and bus passes from his employer and traded them to a parolee in Huntington Beach for prescription drugs.

The Orange County district attorneys' office said it has charged Scott Patric Keblis, a 49-year-old Chino resident, with one felony count of embezzlement by a public employee and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

He could face up to three years in state prison and one year in county jail if he's convicted on both counts.

REALIGNMENT

Fox News 5

SAN DIEGO — The state’s realignment of the corrections system, which directed more offenders to local custody instead of state prison, accounted for nearly ⅓ of inmates in local jails last year, according to a study released Wednesday by the San Diego Association of Governments.

Because of realignment, the inmate population in San Diego County’s detention facilities was older and included more males than four years earlier, when the program took effect.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Anthony Victoria, IECN

California Institution for Men (CMI) correctional officer Refugio Serna had a memorable boxing match in the recent edition of the Battle of the Badges–a charity boxing event that helps raise thousands of dollars for after school programs.

Despite losing to Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy William Adams, the 36-year-old father still considers himself a winner. He said the time he spends mentoring his 8-year-old son Julian and other youth at the Cops4Kids Gym in Colton has helped him see community growth first hand.

“These are four days of the week that I can be closer to my son,” Serna explained. “He comes here because he wants to like all these kids. It’s good seeing their hard work and progress. They put it all out there.“

Dan Noyes, abc

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) - An urgent bulletin is going out to law enforcement Wednesday, warning of a new threat of attacks against officers on the street and in prisons.

It has to do with what's called Black August.

I-Team Reporter Dan Noyes has a source in law enforcement that leaked the bulletin to him. He wants you to understand the potential dangers officers are facing. In his words, when it hits the fan, you'll know the reason why.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Sacramento Intelligence Unit and the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center have issued a bulletin to law enforcement, warning of increased risk for violence during Black August.