Thursday, September 1, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Sierra Star

NOTE: The Madera County Compact honored Valley State Prison with a Community Investment Award.

Robert Brosi, D.D.S. of Oakhurst, a Crystal Tower Award Aug. 30 at the 13th Annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon in Madera hosted by the Madera County Compact.

Brosi, along with Madera Agricultural Services, were recognized for their partnership with Madera County schools in front of more than 175 business and community leaders.

Both businesses exemplify the Madera County Compact’s mission, ‘Working in partnership with education to prepare young people for the increasing demands of society and the workplace.’

Sierra Star

NOTE: The Madera Elks Lodge 1918 honored Douglas Schuller of Valley State Prison and David C. Martinez of Central California Women’s Facility as Officers of the Year.

David Engstrom earned special honors last week when, for the first time ever, Madera Elks Lodge 1918 chose an investigator for their Officer of the Year award.

Assigned in Oakhurst last March as an investigator specifically for the Mountain Area with the Madera County District Attorney’s Office, Engstrom, who handles cases in everything from fires to welfare fraud, said he was surprised by the distinction.

“It’s nice to feel appreciated and recognized for the work that you do in law enforcement,” Engstrom said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for what I do.”

Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

When members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill first got together to form Prophets of Rage, they made a point of playing gigs that so-called supergroups normally couldn't be bothered to consider: a rooftop along Los Angeles' Skid Row, a protest rally at a public park outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a state prison in Northern California.

In the spirit of these guerrilla-style shows, the latter gig didn't actually occur inside the prison grounds at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, Calif., as originally scheduled, but in the streets outside. The plug was pulled on a brief charity concert that was to occur inside the grounds as organized by Jail Guitar Doors, founded by MC5 guitarist and former inmate Wayne Kramer, until government authorities changed their minds at the last minute.

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Tammerlin Drummond, The Mercury News

OAKLAND -- Dameion Brown was nearly 22 years into a life sentence when he saw a flier about a new Shakespeare theater program for inmates at California State Prison Solano. He signed up and was picked to play Macduff in a May 2015 prison production of "Macbeth."

His fellow actors included former gang members and white supremacists. Costumes, which were not allowed to conceal prison blues, were sparse. Pool sticks substituted for swords.

On Friday, Brown, 48, will make his professional acting debut in "Othello" with the Marin Shakespeare Company. It would be an impressive feat for an amateur -- whose only drama training was on a prison stage -- to score even a bit part with a prestigious professional theater company.