Monday, November 28, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips



TRACY — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that Gilberto Murillo-Padilla, 22, was taken back into custody Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, less than three hours after he was reported missing from his dorm at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI).

Murillo-Padilla was discovered missing during an inmate count at DVI’s Minimum Support Facility at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 27. Escape protocols were immediately initiated, and agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) were dispatched to locate and apprehend Murillo-Padilla.


CHOWCHILLA — Officials at Valley State Prison (VSP) are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

On Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at approximately 9:10 a.m., a 44-year-old VSP inmate was found unresponsive in a dormitory. Life-saving measures were initiated and an ambulance was called to the scene, but the inmate was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m.

The deceased inmate was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from Los Angeles County in June 2015 and was serving a two-year, eight-month sentence for second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Patricia Cassady is one of two appointees named by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Norcal Patch

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown appointed two East Bay residents to the state Board of Parole Hearings on Wednesday.

The first new appointee, Concord resident Patricia Cassady, 64, has been a deputy commissioner at the Board since 1995. Cassady, a Democrat, practiced law from 1988 to 1995 after graduating from the John F. Kennedy University College of Law in Pleasant Hill, according to the governor's office.

The other appointee, Alameda resident Troy Taira, 56, has been a deputy commissioner at the Board since last year. Between 1992 and 2009, Taira served as staff counsel and prosecutor for the U.S. Coast Guard and a senior staff attorney at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Matt Hamilton, The San Diego Union-Tribune

When Leron Morris summoned guards to his cell at a state prison in Lancaster, he showed them a gruesome, bloody scene and a lifeless body.

Morris and his cellmate, Rashell Clarke Jr., had a furious fight that ended only after Morris bit off part of the other man’s ear and wrapped a shoelace around his neck, strangling him, according to investigative reports.

By the time guards began performing CPR on Clarke, his body was already showing signs of rigor mortis, suggesting he may have been dead for a while.

Ann Scott Tyson, Christian Science Monitor

San Quentin, Calif. — Wearing a blue prison uniform, Chris Schuhmacher sits in a gutted factory building surrounded by the concrete and steel walls of California’s oldest penitentiary, San Quentin. Mr. Schuhmacher stares intently at the computer screen in front of him, then types a line of multicolored code. The windowless room is quiet except for the clacking of keyboards and the occasional squeaking of swivel chairs.

This is Schuhmacher’s day job at the prison – not stamping out license plates or making furniture, but devising complex computer calculations for one of the fastest-growing start-up companies in the United States. It’s a slice of Silicon Valley behind the razor wire of the institution with the largest number of death row inmates in the country.


Lawmaker pledges to introduce a bill that would increase the penalty from 180 days in county jail to three years in state prison for violent parolees who remove their GPS ankle bracelets.
Vicky Nguyen, Mark VIllarreal and Kevin Nious, NBC

A quick search online produces dozens of how-to videos and tutorials for disabling a GPS ankle monitor. Former parole agent Juan Stacey Thomas Castillo saw the problem firsthand during his 20 year career with the California Department of Corrections.

“There’s a bunch of different ways they could beat the GPS device,” Castillo told NBC Bay Area.

It’s a vulnerability that hundreds of parolees exploit each year. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reviewed case records from the Department of Corrections from January 2015 through the first half of September 2016. Out of the roughly 6,000 sex offenders and violent gang members currently on parole, records revealed 2,271 cases where a county judge revoked a violator’s parole for tampering, disabling or removing a GPS tracking device. More than 500 parolees were found guilty of doing it more than once.


Chris Mcguinness, New Times

On Nov. 8, voters in SLO County and across California once again got the chance to decide just what the future of the state’s criminal justice system would look like.

This year, voters were asked to weigh in on a sentencing reform initiative that could have a substantial impact on that system.

With its passage, Proposition 57 will increase the number of inmates in state prisons who are eligible for parole after serving the full prison term for their primary crimes—but before they serve additional time tacked on from other crimes and sentencing enhancements. The measure will also allow the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to award sentencing credits to inmates for good behavior who are working toward their rehabilitation while in prison. In addition, it also allows judges, not prosecutors, to determine if minors accused of crimes can be tried as adults.

Dana Littlefield, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Kurese Bell was 17 when he was charged with murder.

Despite his age, his case was handled in adult criminal court based on a determination that both he and the crime he was accused of committing were not suited for the juvenile system.

Until recently, state law allowed prosecuting agencies in California — including the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office — to make those determinations in certain cases without taking the issue to a judge first. It’s a process known as “direct filing.”