Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Prison staff's annual holiday giving brings them to Joe Hamilton this year
Del Norte Triplicate

In a flurry of flying wrapping paper, laughter, shrieks of delight and snapping cameras, kids at Joe Hamilton Elementary School tore into presents given to them by Santa.

However, Santa didn’t pull up in a reindeer-drawn sleigh (or a coal truck), he came in the Pelican Bay State Prison’s big red fire engine. Operation Santa, as it’s called, is conducted by staff from Pelican Bay State Prison. Each year, the staff chooses a different Del Norte County School and delivers custom-picked presents to each and every student.

Kellie Hicks, Soledad Bee

SOLEDAD – In its seventh year, the Cops Giving Tree event held last Friday in the Community Room at the YMCA was the biggest ever.

This event brought 90 families together for an evening of fun, food and festivities.

The Cops Giving Tree is collaboration of the Soledad Police Department, joining together with the Soledad Unified School District, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Correctional Training Facility, Soledad Lions Club, the Salinas Valley State Prison, South County YMCA and the CTF groups Balanced Re-Entry Group and Fathers Behind Bars.

Fresno Bee and Tribune

An inmate who “walked away” from a minimum-security section of Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga on Monday was captured Monday night.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Brian Thomas Dill, 33, of Paso Robles was spotted about 7:30 p.m. near Avenal, about 20 miles from the prison. Avenal police detained him until prison authorities took him into custody and returned him to Pleasant Valley in southwestern Fresno County.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Ananda Rochita, KXTV

Inmates at Folsom State Prison are fixing broken and used bikes for children in need this Christmas.
Mauricio Argueta, an inmate, works on the bikes everyday.

"I was thinking about opening my own bike shop when I get out," Argueta said.

Bikes have been a passion of his ever since he was little.

"I got my first bike when I was seven years old," Argueta said. "I started learning how to ride and from there I got to do a tune up by myself on the bike."

DEATH PENALTY

Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee

A new voter-approved law intended to speed up California’s fractured death penalty system will not take effect while a court considers a lawsuit from its opponents.

The California Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed implementation of Proposition 66 pending the outcome of the case. The measure, which also aims to resume executions in a state where none has taken place in more than a decade, won 51 percent of the vote and was certified on Friday.

David Savage, The Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County and the state of California again recorded the most new death sentences this year, amid a sharp decline across the nation in both executions and new death sentences.

Judges and juries in Los Angeles County imposed a death sentence on four murderers during 2016, including Lonnie Franklin Jr., the so-called “Grim Sleeper,” who was convicted of killing 10 women. No other county had more than one death sentence, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.