Thursday, December 8, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

The Sentinel

DELANO — A correctional officer at North Kern State Prison is recovering from injuries after being attacked by an inmate Monday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) said.

The CDCR said the officer was monitoring inmates during their evening meal release when an inmate, Frankie Germany, 33, approached with his fists raised. The officer reportedly activated a personal alarm device and ordered Germany to the ground. When Germany didn’t comply, another officer ordered all of the inmates to get on the ground.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Mercury News

At San Quentin State Prison, inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams — both serving long sentences for robbery-related crimes — produce a podcast called “Ear Hustle.”

It’s part of the San Quentin Prison Report, a video and radio-production program. And with guidance from adviser Nigel Poor — a photography professor at Cal State-Sacramento — Woods and Williams capture first-person stories from inmates about life on the inside, telling what it’s like on the first day in prison, or living with HIV, or dealing with jailhouse lawyers, or exploring higher education while behind bars, or even facing the death penalty.

Dept. of Corrections investigating
Itica Milanes, abc News

SAN DIEGO - A video making the rounds on YouTube appears to show local prison inmates using a smuggled cellphone to record the mannequin challenge from behind bars.

The prisoner mannequin challenge starts with an inmate sitting on a toilet, pondering his future. Then we see another inmate with another illegal phone. Three others are frozen in a fighting stance. At least two of the 14 men in the video have cellphones behind bars.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nearly 33,000 people have signed a change.org online petition opposing the parole of Patricia Krenwinkel, a follower of Charles Manson convicted in the notorious Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles 47 years ago.

The online petition posted by Debra Tate, sister of victim Sharon Tate, asks California parole officials to deny Krenwinkel, 69, parole from her life sentence. A hearing is scheduled Dec. 29.

On Aug. 9, 1969, Krenwinkel, then 21, along with Charles “Tex” Watson and Susan Atkins broke into the Benedict Canyon home where Ms. Tate, who was 8 ½ months pregnant, lived with her husband, the film director Roman Polanski. He was in London at the time. Tate and three others were killed inside the home and the friend of a caretaker was shot to death outside.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Elizabeth Larson, Lake County News

LAKEPORT, Calif. – At the order of a state appellate court, a Lake County Superior Court judge on Tuesday modified the sentence of a man convicted four years ago of the murder of a 4-year-old boy and the attempted murder of five others.

Through his attorney Mitchell Hauptman, Orlando Joseph Lopez Jr., 28, notified the court that he was waiving his appearance at the Tuesday afternoon sentence modification before Judge Andrew Blum.

In 2012, Lopez and his co-defendant in the case Paul William Braden, now 26, were convicted of first degree murder in the June 2011 killing 4-year-old Skyler Rapp, as well as attempted murder for wounding five others – including the child's mother and her boyfriend – after shooting into a crowd at a gathering at a Clearlake apartment.

DEATH PENALTY

Kelly Puente, The OC Register

Skylar Deleon was sentenced to death in 2009 for tying an Arizona couple who had docked their yacht in Newport Beach to an anchor and tossing them overboard into the waters off of Catalina in an attempt to steal the Well Deserved.

More than six years after his double-murder convictions, Deleon’s first of three standard appeals he can file has yet to reach the California Supreme Court.

Deleon, the ringleader in the crime, is one of 749 inmates – including 63 others convicted in Orange County – on California’s Death Row. A handful have been facing execution since 1979, a year after the death penalty was re-instated.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

CBS

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) — An effort is underway to crack down on rogue drones flying near some California jails amid concerns they could help plan escapes or drop contraband behind bars.

Sacramento County leaders will consider using experimental anti-drone technology. The sheriff’s department wants to launch a pilot program with a device that can track drones and even make them fall from the sky.

Law enforcement officials say there’s a growing concern that drones will become a problem for prisons.