Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

Andria Borba and Leslie Donaldson, KPIX

Inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison, inmates are forbidden to have cell phones. Nevertheless, some inmates have been able to post selfies in the slammer on social media.

One posted a video tour of his cell, shot on his cell phone. He and his cellmate showed off their food supplies and other loot, and an extra cell phone.

Cell phones continue to be smuggled into cell blocks in prison after prison. They are worth about $1,000 apiece on the inside, according to prison officials.


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Felicia Martinez, Fox 5 San Diego

Marine Master Sgt. James Horner and his service dog, Saturn,  have been living together for the last three months. But Monday afternoon was Saturn’s official graduation from the POOCH - Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Hope - program.

Master Sgt. Horner says he had almost given up hope due to a severe case of PTSD.

Because of Saturn and the life-changing training he received from inmates at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility and Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, everyday tasks are now a possibility for Master Sgt. Horner and his family.

Dan Plante, KUSI

Something very inspirational happened Monday inside the walls of the Donovan State Prison.

The inmates are training service dogs and turning them over to people who need them on the outside of the walls.

Todd Strain, NBC San Diego

The Richard Donovan Correctional Facility and Tender Loving Canine Assistance Dogs are teaming up to transform lives. As NBC 7's Todd Strain shows us, the effects are being felt inside and outside of the prison walls.

Debbi Baker, San Diego Union-Tribune

It  was a happy and poignant day on Monday for a war-wounded Camp PendletonMarine who received a service dog and life-saving companion, trained by prisoners at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

Master Sgt. James Horner, a career military man who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, stood in front of some 100 people gathered at the prison and gave an emotional speech about how much the dog, named Saturn, has meant to him and his family.

Shawn Styles, CBS 8

A local non-profit is proving all it takes to change lives is a little TLC. 

Tender Loving Canines works with prison inmates to train service dogs for wounded warriors. 

CMAC

Arts in Corrections is a partnership between CDCR, the California Arts Council, and the Fresno Arts Council to combat recidivism, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment at Valley State Prison.

Nicole Comstock, Fox 40

A state prison librarian says he was sent home from his job at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville Tuesday because he wore a Donald Trump t-shirt to work.

"They just told me I gotta go. I didn't say anything. I don't want to create a conflict. I mean, I feel some sort of free speech violation was made but, that's not something to argue over," Leo Sanchez said.

Dana Griffin, KCRA

A state prison worker was reportedly told to go home and change after wearing a shirt supporting President-elect Donald Trump

Leo Sanchez has worked for the California Medical Facility for nine years. He's a librarian at the male medical and psychiatric state prison in Vacaville.

Sanchez said his idea of a politically-correct shirt got him sent home from work. He said his supervisor told him to go home and change his red shirt that said “Trump Is My President.”


PAROLE

Fairfield Daily Republic

A Fairfield man who police arrested Monday in connection with the shooting death late last month of a San Francisco man made his first court appearance in the case Tuesday.

Vashawn L. Davis, 24, was already wanted for allegedly violating his parole. He was found Monday by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers in Sacramento, where he was arrested without incident.

He was turned over to Fairfield detectives and taken back to Solano County where he was booked on suspicion of murder and an existing felony warrant for an alleged parole violation, according to a Fairfield Police Department release.

Maneeza Iqbal, WXII 12

An elderly veteran helped take down a home invasion suspect Tuesday morning at his senior care facility, the Citrus Heights Police Department said.

Charles George, 88, fought the suspect and called for help when his apartment was broken into, Sgt. Wesley Herman said. Within an hour, the suspect was taken into custody by police.

“Our officers were able to locate the suspect based on the timely information provided by Mr. George and the great investigative instincts by our patrol officers,” Herman said in a news release. “His capture will no doubt prevent future members of our community from becoming victims.”


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Tony Saavedra, Orange County Register

Jail informant Landon Horning was schizophrenic and off his medication when he testified as the prosecution’s key witness in the 2007 murder trial of Ricardo Salas in Orange County Superior Court.

But Salas says Orange County prosecutors never told his trial lawyer about Horning’s mental condition, a violation of legal ethics and state law. Salas also says Horning lied on the stand about his medication and that the prosecutor did not correct those misstatements.


DEATH PENALTY

Maura Dolan, LA Times

A civil liberties group on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that could slow California’s plans for resuming executions.

The ACLU of Northern California challenged a state law that gives the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation wide flexibility in establishing execution procedures.

Delegating such policy decisions to a state agency, the suit says, violates separation of powers provisions of the California Constitution.


CORRECTIONS RELATED

Jose Quintero, Victorville Daily Press

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said he will continue working with the Secretary of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to determine what impact the passage of Proposition 57 will have in the county.

California voters approved the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act, better known as Prop 57, last week. It is supposed to help reduce the state’s prison population by providing more parole opportunities for some convicted felons. The proposition allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons, authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior and education and allows juvenile court judges to decide whether a juvenile will be prosecuted as an adult.

Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News

A California law that turned some felony offenses into misdemeanors to save costs has had no monetary benefits so far for Los Angeles County, according to a report presented on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard updates from eight department leaders – including Sheriff Jim McDonnell – on whether or not Proposition 47 has had any cost saving effects. Overall, departments either reported increased workloads or else a lack of a solid data system to track offenders.

Alanna Durkin Richer and Curt Anderson, Fresno Bee

Three days into his carjacking trial in 2005, James Ochoa faced a daunting choice: Risk spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted by a California jury or plead guilty and be released in two years.

Ochoa, then 20 and on probation for drug possession, had already rejected two plea offers and wanted to prove his innocence. But the judge made it clear the odds were against him because he had been identified by the victims as the perpetrator. If convicted, Ochoa feared he would never see his young son again.


OPINION

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy

When it comes to genital reassignment surgery, a lot of the population questions its validity as a necessary medical procedure – especially for the incarcerated. But doctors worldwide now recognize gender dysphoria, a conflict between your physical gender and actual gender, as an actual medical condition. Treatment options vary from hormone therapy to surgery, but just like any other medical condition, doctors are the ones prescribing drugs and procedures.


What does this have to do with inmates? It wasn’t until I won my case against the state of California in April 2015 that incarcerated individuals were even eligible for this type of surgery. The decades-long struggle I faced with my identity, coming to terms with my gender dysphoria and then fighting for my rights – despite being behind bars – paved the way for other transgender men and women like me. It’s important to note that when you live behind bars in the United States, you’re still a human being with rights. You don’t give up those rights to being human because you’re serving time. If an inmate needed a medical procedure to be physically or emotionally healthier, once a doctor deemed it necessary it would be carried out.