Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

KRON

(BCN)—A 22-year-old man who was arrested and convicted in Solano County earlier this year was quickly apprehended Sunday afternoon when he escaped from a Central Valley prison facility just hours earlier, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

At about 11:15 a.m., guards at the Deuel Vocational Institution, a minimum security facility located just outside of Tracy, were conducting an inmate count when they noticed that Gilberto Murillo-Padilla was missing, CDCR officials said.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Jessica Cejnar, The Del Norte Triplicate

Del Norters doing their holiday shopping this season should be on the lookout for Christmas trees clad in green and red paper mittens.

Rural Human Services is taking applicants for its Santa’s Workshop program and has planted Christmas trees at Trees of Mystery, Walmart and Suburban Propane. The trees will also be in local banks after Thanksgiving and at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Shoppers are encouraged to take a mitten off a tree. Each mitten, green for boys and red for girls, includes the child’s age as well as his or her interests, likes and dislikes, giving folks an idea of what to get.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Debbie L. Sklar, My News LA

A Garden Grove man recently sentenced to 114-years-to-life in prison for a revenge killing stemming from a soured drug deal allegedly attacked a corrections officer at Wasco State Prison, officials said.

Dustin Sean Ross McDonald, 25, who was sentenced last month to the lengthy prison term, allegedly attacked the correctional officer about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

The Press Democrat

A Sonoma County judge reversed charges Monday against three Santa Rosa teenagers suspected in a gang shooting, ruling a decision on how the minors are prosecuted must be made by another judge.

Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite’s action came in response to Proposition 57, passed Nov. 8., which strips prosecutors of the right to charge minors as adults, placing that authority solely with judges.

Now, the three teens — two 16 and one 17 — will go before a juvenile court judge for a ruling on whether they can remain in the juvenile system, which focuses on rehabilitation instead of punishment. If convicted in adult court, each teen would face more than 20 years in prison.

Amanda Williams, Village

Local officials say the passage of the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act, aka Proposition 57, on the November ballot could potentially cause an upswing in criminal activity.

Speaking on behalf of El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini, Sgt. Tasha Thompson called Prop. 57 “deceptive.”

“With the passing of Prop. 57 California is going to witness the overturn of 40 years of criminal reform. In addition, it is going to allow the early release of 16,000 violent felons,” Thompson explained. “California will now reclassify violent crimes as nonviolent and add more fear to the victims of crimes already committed.

OPINION

Tom Elias, Record Searchlight

There was considerable irony when a California parole review panel late on Oct. 27 — just 12 days before the fall election — denied parole for the 17th time to Charles (Tex) Watson, self-described "right hand man" of Charles Manson, participant in at least seven of the Manson "Family" murders and leader of some of those murders.

Watson's parole denial came even as early voters were overwhelmingly backing the idea of eased paroles for "non-violent" convicts, on the ballot as Proposition 57, even though some clearly violent crimes are not legally classified as that. These include things like soliciting murder and rape of an unconscious or dead person.