Friday, November 18, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


The Sentinel

WASCO — Officials are investigating after a correctional officer was attacked by two inmates Sunday at the Wasco State Prison Reception Center, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

Around 6:20 p.m., the CDCR said an inmate, Anthony Sanchez, 25, asked to speak with custody staff in an office. Sanchez allegedly punched an officer in the face, then grabbed him in a choke hold and continued to punch his face and head.

A second inmate, Albert Vasquez, 26, reportedly rushed into the office and joined the attack. The CDCR said officers responded with physical force and chemical agents to stop the attack.

abc 7 News

VACAVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- The California Corrections Department is standing by its decision to send an employee home for wearing a T-shirt supporting President-elect Donald Trump.

Leo Sanchez says he was sent home from work at the California Medical facility in Vacaville for wearing a 'Trump is my president' shirt.

Sanchez has worked as a librarian at the facility, which is a medical and psychiatric state prison for men, for nine years.


Elizabeth Larson, Lake County

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – In response to a state appellate court ruling earlier this year, the Lake County Superior Court has moved forward with the process of modifying the sentences of two men convicted of a 2011 Clearlake shooting that killed a child and injured several others.

Late last month, Paul William Braden, 26, was in Lakeport for a resentencing while his co-defendant, Orlando Joseph Lopez Jr., 28, has not yet returned and may have to be ordered to do so by the court.

In 2012, Braden and Lopez were tried together but with different juries and found guilty of shooting into a crowd of people at a Clearlake apartment, killing 4-year-old Skyler Rapp, and wounding five others, including his mother and her boyfriend.


Mary Rees, Berkeleyside

“Well, it is a prison,” McMullan said. “I couldn’t think of a more fitting place to do the play.”

Blythe has come full-circle, and on a long arc: McMullen wrote it while behind bars 25 years ago, but the play only came to life on stage for the first time this fall. Its only Bay Area performance was in the New Industries Building on Alcatraz on Nov. 5, and, like the playwright, the actors were all formerly incarcerated.

McMullan was homeless for several years in Berkeley, and he now sits on the Berkeley Human Welfare and Community Action Commission. He wrote Blythe as part of a statewide playwriting contest run by the Arts-in-Corrections program, while he was an inmate at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in 1991.

Tiffany Wong, KRCR

REDDING, Calif. - Proposition 57 recently passed, which has some concerned because it would make more felons eligible for parole. 63% of Californians voted in favor of the proposition.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said the proposition changes sentencing laws for juveniles and adults.

The Department of Corrections can choose to have convicted felons only serve a sentence for one of their offenses.


Laren Leichliter, Redlands Daily Facts

This election season has shocked many and made history in ways nobody had anticipated. And as the reality of the results are starting to slowly sink in, we are reminded to trust in our democratic process, even when the outcome is not in our favor.

It is certainly easier said than done.

National election results aside, California law enforcement officials were dealt a devastating blow last week with the overwhelming passage of Proposition 57, titled the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act. The proposition, which will release deceptively dubbed “non-violent” offenders, passed despite numerous public safety officials and victims speaking out against it. It passed although we thought California voters had already learned their lessons from the failed public safety experiment, Proposition 47.