Monday, January 9, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

The New York Times

SACRAMENTO — A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence in California is the first inmate in the United States to receive state-financed sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner’s lawyers said.

California prison officials agreed in August 2015 to pay for the surgery for the inmate, Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery for ransom and has no possibility of parole.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Stephanie Weldy, Marin Independent Journal

The Marin Shakespeare Company plans to double the number of state prisons where it offers its Shakespeare for Social Justice program.

With funding secured by the California Arts Council, the San Rafael-based nonprofit is planning to expand its prison arts program in the upcoming year to Folsom State Prison, the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy and the California Health Care Facility in Stockton.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

TIME

Manson is serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others

(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) — Cult leader Charles Manson is back in a Central California prison after a reported hospital stay for an unspecified medical problem.

Manson, 82, was at California State Prison, Corcoran as of Saturday, said Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“We never stated he was anywhere else,” Callison said in an email. “Medical privacy laws do not allow (the department) to discuss inmates’ medical issues, if any.”

Richard Winton and Kim Christensen, The Los Angeles Times

Mass murderer Charles Manson, who was hospitalized this week with a serious medical issue, has been returned to the Central Valley prison where he is serving his life sentence, a corrections official confirmed Friday.

The Times reported this week that Manson, 82, had been taken to a hospital for treatment of an undisclosed but serious medical problem. Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have declined to comment on Manson’s condition, citing federal and state privacy laws.

Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

Two young criminal defendants from Marin — one charged with murder, the other convicted of attempted murder — are seeking relief through the untested remedy of Proposition 57.

The ballot measure, approved by California voters in November, is intended to reduce the prison population by placing a greater emphasis on rehabilitation. One provision of the law mandates that judges, rather than prosecutors, decide whether juveniles should be prosecuted as adults.

The juvenile provision has piqued the interest of attorneys for Juan Carlos Martinez Henriquez and Max Wade.

DEATH PENALTY

Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

California voters in November legalized marijuana, approved a plan to reduce the prison population and enacted gun controls.

But on one key issue — the death penalty — the liberal tide shifted. Voters rejected a measure to ban capital punishment and instead approved an initiative intended to hasten executions.

That measure is now before the California Supreme Court. If the court allows it to go forward,  executions are likely to resume this year, lawyers on both sides of the debate agreed.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Cameron Macdonald, Elk Grove Citizen News

A former corrections officer on Jan. 5 pleaded guilty to killing a driver in Elk Grove while he was heavily intoxicated last July.

Rajnel Nath, 39, now faces up to 14 years in state prison. The Elk Grove resident pleaded guilty in the Sacramento Superior Court to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol, and committing a hit-and-run offense.