Thursday, January 5, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

"Economically, he is going to do for the country what has not been done in modern history." — The "Oracle of San Quentin"
Riya Bhattacharjee, NBC

“Welcome to prison.”

Rahsaan Thomas greets me with a firm handshake and a big grin inside the Catholic chapel at San Quentin. It's job fair day at the prison in December, and things are busier than usual. Thirty seven inmates, including Thomas, are interviewing with 33 potential employers from around the Bay Area. They are hopeful. In the bright scenario that they make it out of prison, they could get hired by the owners of yoga studios, dog grooming boutiques, Home of Chicken and Waffles and City College of San Francisco. Even after years of being incarcerated, these hardened men know that these first impressions could pave the way for their reimmersion into society.

Jessa Schroeder, NY Daily News

Lyle and Erik Menendez, the two California brothers who brutally murdered their parents back in 1989 in their Beverly Hills home, are now married to their pen pals and "at peace in prison."

Lyle, now 48, spoke to ABC News in a recent phone interview on his past.

"I found that my own childhood prepared me surprisingly well for the chaos of prison life,” Menendez said.

Almost 30 years ago, on Aug. 20, 1989, Lyle and his younger brother Erik brutally shot their father five times and mother nine times unexpectedly in the family’s mansion.

Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

Charles Manson, 82, who reportedly has been hospitalized this week with a serious illness, is known worldwide as a mass murderer and cult leader who held sway over his disciples for years.

He also inspired the attempted assassination of an American president in Capitol Park in Sacramento.

On Sept. 5, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who pointed a Colt .45-caliber pistol at Ford as the president walked across L Street from the Senator Hotel toward the Capitol, where he was to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown.

Hailey Branson-Potts and Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

During his more than four decades behind bars, convicted murderer Charles Manson — the mastermind behind a gory 1969 Los Angeles killing rampage — has been an unrepentant and incorrigible inmate, repeatedly cited for behavioral problems including hiding cellphones and a hacksaw in his cell.

State corrections officials say Manson, now 82, has incurred more than 100 rules violations since 1971, when he and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969.

Over the years, he has been cited for assault, repeated possession of a weapon, threatening staff, and possessing a cellphone, Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said in an email Wednesday.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Dana Littlefield, The San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego killer Elisabeth “Betty” Broderick will remain in state prison where she is serving time for the 1989 murders of her ex-husband and his new wife at their Hillcrest home.

At the end of a daylong hearing, a two-member panel of California’s parole board voted unanimously on Wednesday that Broderick is not suitable for release from prison.

Sean Emery, The OC Register

SANTA ANA – The family of a woman who was raped, killed and left in a trash bin has sued the U.S. probation agency – accusing agents of providing lax oversight of two convicted sex offenders, who authorities suspect of carrying out the murder as well as at least three previous slayings in Anaheim.

Two weeks after an Orange County jury recommended the death sentence for Steven Gordon, who along with Franc Cano was charged with the murders of Jarrae Estepp and three other prostitutes, attorneys for Estepp’s mother filed the wrongful-death suit at the U.S. District Courthouse in Santa Ana.

DEATH PENALTY

Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee

Efforts to revive the death penalty in California were dealt another blow late last month when a state agency tasked with reviewing regulatory changes rejected a proposed new lethal injection protocol.

The decision by the Office of Administrative Law came one day after the California Supreme Court blocked implementation of Proposition 66, an initiative passed by voters in November to expedite capital punishment, pending the outcome of a lawsuit.