Friday, December 23, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Cause of fight is under investigation, officials said no evidence it was related to protests in September
Alejandro Lazo, The Wall Street Journal

SAN FRANCISCO—A California prison riot earlier this week involving about 100 inmates left four prisoners injured after the melee was forcefully put down by guards, the state corrections department said Thursday.

The riot occurred Tuesday, in a yard at the California Correctional Center, a medium-custody facility in Susanville, Calif., about 90 miles northwest of Reno, Nev.


The program was born two years ago when Theodo "Noble" Butler, an inmate at San Quentin, was about to appear before the parole review board
By Rebecca Greenway and Michael Bott, NBC Bay Area

It’s been 30 years since Willie Bridges has been a free man. But with a parole date set for just four months away, he’s now looking for a job — and he might have just found it.

San Quentin State Prison held its third job fair earlier this month with 44 inmates, including Bridges, hoping to connect with employers before their release date.

After being sent to prison when he was only 20, Bridges now hopes the Prison Employment Readiness Program will help him regain his footing in the world.

Dom Pruett, The Reporter

California Medical Facility inmate Cornial Bivens has been incarcerated for almost 37 years. As someone who has spent the majority of his life behind bars, Bivens knows first hand about the firm consequences of the crimes he’s been convicted of committing.

Thursday afternoon, Bivens performed alongside some of his fellow inmates in “Judgment Day,” a play that he wrote 15 years ago while incarcerated at Folsom State Prison. A play about flawed men seeking redemption from God, and acceptance into the kingdom of heaven.


Karma Dickerson, Fox 40 News

MARYSVILLE -- There is another setback for the death penalty in California. The new lethal injection protocol proposed by the California Department of Corrections was not approved. This comes after the California Supreme Court halted implementation of Proposition 66, the measure designed to speed up executions in California.

In November, California voters weighed in in favor of the death penalty, voting both to keep it via Proposition 62 and to speed up the executions process through Proposition 66.

Still, with this lethal injection news, Californians are in the same position as they were before the election with still no executions in sight for the 750 inmates on death row.

The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Jurors on Wednesday recommended a death sentence for a California sex offender who abducted and killed four women over six months while wearing an electronic monitoring device.

A judge will make the final decision Feb. 3 after a jury said Steven Dean Gordon, 47, should face capital punishment for his crimes.

The recommendation came a few minutes after Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue considered dismissing a juror who told colleagues during deliberations that she could not vote for the death penalty.

After interviewing the woman, Donahue indicated that he believed she was not heeding her promise to deliberate based on the evidence.



The California Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who was denied parole in July by Gov. Jerry Brown for her involvement in the 1969 killings of grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca at their Los Feliz home.

The state's highest court on Wednesday denied a defense petition seeking its review of the case against Van Houten, now 67.

Van Houten's appellate attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, said he was "not at all" surprised by the denial.


Two Santa Maria Residents Arrested and Public Assistance is Requested to Locate Third Suspect

On December 20, 2016, personnel from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, Santa Barbara County’s Compliance Response Team, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and a K-9 agent with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, conducted a parole search at a residence in the 300 block of East Monroe Street in the City of Santa Maria. During the search, investigators contacted and detained several subjects at the residence. Inside the residence, investigators found two loaded shotguns, one being an illegal sawed-off shotgun, ammunition for various firearms, 11 grams of methamphetamine, less than a gram of heroin and evidence of narcotic sales.


Glenn Moore, Tracy Press

Inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution helped spread Christmas cheer to children by fixing up 45 bikes and giving them to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy last week.

Correctional officers, Tracy police officers and business leaders gathered to deliver the bikes to the Richard O. Hastie Clubhouse, 753 W. Lowell Ave., on Dec. 15.

Kelly Wilson, executive director of the clubs, said the bikes would find good homes with children from all seven of the club sites throughout Tracy.

“Christmas is a time of magic for kids. There is a lot of need at Christmastime, and it’s a hard time for families when they can’t provide what they really want to for their kids,” Wilson said. “To have kids go home at Christmastime with a bike is amazing.”


The Butte County Sheriff’s Office gave away more than 100 bicycles Thursday in its 17th annual Christmas Bike Giveaway.

The bikes were refurbished by Restoration Cycles participants, who are either jail inmates or on probation or parole, learning job skills while working on the bikes. The program is a partnership with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the Butte County Office of Education and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Prodigy's jailhouse cookbook is bombing with California prison officials who seem to think it's a bad idea to teach inmates how to make hooch.

The Mobb Deep rapper's "Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook" was recently banned by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Officials fired off a letter to Prodigy, explaining prison wine doesn't fly.

As they said in the letter, obtained by TMZ ... "inmate manufactured alcohol" is a major no-no.