Thursday, January 19, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Josh Copitch, KRCR

REDWAY, Calif. - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agents located and detained the minimum security state prison inmate who walked away from the California Correction Center Eel River Conservation Camp in Humboldt County Tuesday morning.

Around 10:45 a.m., on January 18, inmate John Campbell, 38, was taken into custody without incident in Orland.


Early on a crisp December morning, a lengthening line of orange figures labor up a serpentine trail through the craggy foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles. Now jogging, now striding, they disappear and reappear in the undulating beige terrain. Dawn mist still licks at higher peaks, yet some of the men are visibly sweating.

These are the 60-odd inmate firefighters of Holton Conservation Camp #16. Though just minutes from L.A.’s dense northern suburbs, this repurposed probation facility is a world away, nestled amidst sprawling equestrian properties and countless brushy canyons. Only occasional booms from an adjacent shooting range and garbled camp P.A. announcements puncture its incongruous tranquility.

“If you have to do time … this is the place to be,” said Armando Cortez, a 48-year-old father of three serving seven years for selling methamphetamine. “I mean, not only physically you get yourself right, but mentally you’re in tune with a lot of things that you weren’t with before.”


Mike Eiman, The Sentinel

A former Avenal State Prison employee was arrested this week for allegedly having sex with inmates and providing them with drugs.

Kings County Deputy District Attorney Phil Esbenshade said Mary Ann Cano, 46, of Lemoore, allegedly committed sexual acts with two inmates at the facility, provided inmates with cellphones and narcotics, and accepted money from inmates. Esbenshade said the alleged misconduct took place between February 2011 and May 2014 when Cano was working as a supervising cook at the prison.

“The inmates worked with her in the kitchen,” Esbenshade said.