Thursday, December 29, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Matt Hamilton, The Los Angeles times

Confined to a California prison since 1971, former Manson family member and convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel is now the longest-serving female inmate in the state’s correctional system.

On Thursday, the 69-year-old will have a chance at freedom when a review board considers whether to recommend her for parole.

Krenwinkel was sent to death row after a Los Angeles jury convicted her of killing actress Sharon Tate and six others in a two-day rampage intended to trigger a race war. The killings were done at the behest of Charles Manson, leader of a cult-like group living on an old movie ranch near Chatsworth.


Michael Todd, Santa Cruz Sentinel

BEN LOMOND >> A search is underway for a 40-year-old man who walked away from his minimum-security detention late Tuesday or early Wednesday and remains at large, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Russell Helton’s absence was discovered by staff at Ben Lomond Conservation Camp at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday during a routine count, according to a release by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Helton, in Ben Lomond since December 2015 for grand theft, had been in his bunk an hour before.


Laurel Rosenhall, CAL matters

SACRAMENTO — “I made the worst mistake of my life.”

“I had a drug and alcohol problem.”

“I was just a kid with low self-esteem and felt hopeless.”

Those are the words people convicted of felonies in California wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown in recent years, asking him to pardon their crimes. Their clemency applications describe bad decisions and reckless adolescences, lives of poverty and addiction. Drug deals. Accidental shootings. Drunken driving.

Keith Sharon, The OC Register

He stared across the San Quentin State Prison yard at an old man, a lifer hopelessly sitting, white hair, slumped shoulders, blending into the gravel dust and beige brick.

It was 2003, 10 years into his own 25-to-life bid. That image – of an aging man eroding into his surroundings – changed everything.

“I can’t do this,” convicted murderer Tung Nguyen of Santa Ana said to himself. He was 26 at the time. “I’ve got to go home. I can’t end up like that.”

Robert L. McCullough, Crime Voice

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY — Anyone who has ever been convicted of a felony in California is well aware of the legislated proscription against having any further contact with either firearms or ammunition.

Once released from custody—either through the auspices of posting bond and awaiting adjudication of one’s allegations of crime, or after having served a period of time either in jail or prison—those individuals know that merely possessing or being in the vicinity of firearms is itself a felony worthy of another conviction and prison term.