Friday, September 2, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Melissa Chan, TIME

Erik and Lyle Menendez are in prison for shooting their parents dead in 1989

Two California brothers who brutally killed their parents nearly three decades ago play chess with each other regularly by mailing in moves as they carry out life sentences in separate prisons for the double murder.

Erik and Lyle Menendez have not seen each other since they were thrown behind bars, but they communicate often through snail mail, according to journalist Robert Rand, who is writing a book about the brothers’ case.



Over 270 CellsensePLUS units to be deployed statewide in an effort to help increase detection efforts

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will be receiving 272 CellsensePLUS cell phone and contraband detection systems over the next eight weeks. These units, which are being provided by Metrasens, in conjunction with Global Tel*Link (GTL), will help detect prison contraband, namely cell phones, blades, razors and other items.


Sonoma Index-Tribune

A Sonoma man who murdered a 15-year-old girl in 1981, was again denied parole at a hearing earlier this week.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch said John Howard Morris III, 61, who last resided in Sonoma, was denied parole Tuesday, following his sixth parole hearing, at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Blythe. Morris is serving a term of 21-years-to-life for the murder of a 15-year-old Glen Ellen girl. A second 15-year-old girl was also shot by Morris, but survived her injuries.

“This inmate is where he belongs,” Ravitch said. “We are pleased that the Board concurred with our assessment that Mr. Morris poses an unreasonable risk to society should he be released. His crimes took a terrible toll on the families of the victims and on the community at large, and he was and is deserving of a life sentence.”


The Los Angeles Times

The state organization representing county governments decided Thursday to not take a position on Proposition 57, the revamping of California's prison parole system that is being championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown made his case at a meeting of the California State Assn. of Counties' board of directors in Sacramento. The group also heard from Merced County Dist. Atty. Larry Morse, who opposes Prop 57.

The measure, if approved by voters, would allow new opportunities of parole for some prison inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes.

Dom Pruett, The Reporter

A Multi-Agency Enforcement Operation that targeted Fairfield’s high crime areas totaled 59 arrests during its six-day duration, police said.

Joining the Fairfield’s Police Department’s Special Operations Team in executing the operation, which ran from Aug. 21-27, were the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Solano County Sheriff’s Office, Vacaville Police Department, Suisun Police Department, California State Prison Solano, California Department Corrections, and Solano County Probation.

Highlights from the operation included a security check Aug. 22 at an apartment complex in the area of Union Ave and Washington Street, in which a foot chase led to the arrests of two men, police said.

Martha Stoddard, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — Nebraska has agreed to provide treatment for a transgender prison inmate who had filed a federal lawsuit seeking hormone therapy.

Neither side will say what treatment the Department of Correctional Services will provide for Riley Nicole Shadle of Springfield, citing confidentiality of health records.

But Shadle’s attorney, Jeannelle Lust, said the settlement includes Corrections acknowledging that Shadle has gender dysphoria, the medical condition in which people identify as a gender other than their birth gender, and agreeing on a treatment plan.

Carol Ferguson, Eyewitness News

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County law enforcement officials came out Thursday against Proposition 57, a measure they said would let dangerous people out of prison.

The measure, which will appear on November's ballot, is called the "Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act" and would allow for the early release of some inmates.

Connie Tran, Your Central Valley

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. Some Central Valley law enforcement leaders are banding together against a proposition that could release convicted felons out on the streets.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is a co-chair of "No on Prop-57" campaign. On Thursday, she and other county leaders including Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall, and Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp, urged the public to vote no on the initiative on the November ballot. Under Prop 57, non-violent criminals could be eligible for release, but opponents say the criminals are violent.

Kern Golden Empire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. Sheriff Donny Youngblood and District Attorney Lisa Green spoke out Thursday about proposition 57, which if passed, would give non-violent felons a chance to get out of prison early.

Governor Jerry Brown says prop 57 will allow law enforcement to focus on serious crime and save California tax payers millions of dollars, but that's not winning the vote from our district attorney and sheriff, who are both passionate that this bill will free dangerous career criminals and put our county at risk.