Friday, December 30, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A two-member parole panel delayed making a decision Thursday on whether to release an accomplice of cult killer Charles Manson who is the longest-serving female inmate in California.

After a daylong hearing, the panel from the Board of Parole Hearings postponed a decision on whether to recommend freeing Patricia Krenwinkel "because they felt information discussed at the hearing was cause for an investigation," spokeswoman Vicky Waters said in an email.

Matt Hamilton and Joel Rubin, The Los Angeles Times

State parole officials Thursday postponed a decision on setting free Patricia Krenwinkel, a follower of Charles Manson and convicted killer, after the woman’s attorney made new claims that she had been abused by Manson or another person.

The two-person panel from the the Board of Parole Hearings “felt information discussed at the hearing was cause for an investigation,” the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

A source with knowledge of the case, who requested anonymity because the hearing was not public, said Krenwinkel’s attorney, Keith Wattley, raised the notion in his closing statement that his client was a victim of “intimate partner battery.”


Nuala Sawyer, The San Francisco Examiner

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is donating $14.5 million towards the establishment of 43 rehabilitation programs at 20 adult institutions across the state. Programs that will be funded through the grant will range from those specializing in communication and de-escalation skills, to service dog training, prison gardens, family reunification workshops and computer coding.

The money is part of an Innovative Grant Program (IGP), which was launched in 2015 with $2.5 million given in one-year grants to fund 38 programs at 17 prisons.


Jim Guy, The Fresno Bee

A Madera County man with a concealed weapons permit drew his pistol to defend himself and others against an ax-waving man at a busy shopping center in northwest Fresno, police say.

Roy Cipriani said he was afraid the man, identified as Stephen Frank Gomez, 49, was going to attack him, his family or other customers in the Shaw Avenue shopping center last week.

Police, who sped to the scene and arrested Gomez, confirmed Cipriani’s role

…Because there were other people near the ax-wielding man, Cipriani, who said he is a retired officer with the California Department of Corrections, said he decided to intervene and pulled out his legally registered Ruger semi-automatic handgun.

Timothy Williams, The New York Times

The nation’s jail and prison population decreased in 2015, according to federal data released on Thursday, and the number of adults locked up or on parole or probation fell to a level not seen since 2002 while overall crime continued to drop.

Reasons for the declining incarceration rates include the federal prison system releasing thousands of nonviolent drug offenders in 2015 and states seeking to save money by enacting legislation and policies to reduce prison populations.

In California, for example, Proposition 47 — approved by voters in 2014 — retroactively reduced some drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Other states have offered expanded substance abuse treatment programs, established specialty courts and spent more money on re-entry programs aimed at reducing recidivism.