Friday, January 13, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Charley Locke, Wired

Every weekday morning, sound designer Antwan Williams and audio producer Earlonne Woods head to work just a few miles north of San Francisco. They spend the day in the media lab, working on their podcast: outlining narratives, interviewing subjects, editing tape. Other than meals, their only interruptions come when a correctional officer asks them to step outside for count.

Along with Nigel Poor, a photography professor at California State University Sacramento, the two inmates produce Ear Hustle, the latest addition to the Radiotopia podcast network. Hosted and produced entirely within San Quentin State Prison, the show offers listeners a perspective on daily life in prison, as told and edited by the inmates themselves. “As incarcerated individuals, we have funny moments, moments of tragedy, ups and downs: it’s the regular rollercoaster of everyday life for any other person in the world,” says Williams. “How good would it be to let others into moments like that?”
Stories from the Inside

Jennifer Swann, Broadly

At a hearing last month, a California parole board delayed its decision on whether to release the state's longest-serving female prisoner after learning that she may have been a victim of abuse by Charles Manson or another person. Patricia Krenwinkel, the 69-year-old former Manson follower, was convicted of murder in 1971 and has been locked up behind bars ever since.

She and fellow Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, both of whom have been denied parole dozens of times combined, are arguably the most famous inmates at the California Institution for Women. But the crowded prison located about 40 miles east of Los Angeles is also home to nearly 2,000 other women whose names are not widely known and who have gone largely ignored while alleging inhumane conditions. Far too many of them have killed themselves while awaiting parole.

J.W. Burch IV, Tehachapi News

The road to Tehachapi's prison is a bumpy one.

"The ride into the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi was like getting onto Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland, Anaheim," declares a news release issued Thursday, Jan. 12, by the Kern County grand jury along with its findings following a September inspection.

All joking aside, the Law and Justice Committee took seriously the potholes it encountered during an "extremely bumpy ride," along with two other main issues — fire suppression and security cameras.


Chelcey Adami , The Californian

Salinas police arrested two brothers on suspicion of armed robbery at El Jaliscience Restaurant on East Alisal Street on Monday evening.

During the robbery, employees were ordered to remove cash from the register, and one employee was robbed of his personal items, according to Salinas police. A female employee was also reportedly groped by one of the men as he forced her to turn over cash.

Salinas Police Violence Suppression Unit officers and some parole officers were near the restaurant when they were notified of the armed robbery. They saw the suspects’ vehicle leaving the area.


Christina Fan, KFSN

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (KFSN) -- Heartbreak on Alameda Road quickly spread through the small town of Chowchilla as parents learned about a deadly shooting involving two siblings on opposite sides of the gun.

"I feel really bad for the family, for their loss and for the child, not understanding, not knowing," said Kathy Scott, neighbor.

The call for help came in around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Inside the bedroom, officers found a 1-year-old boy with a bullet wound to his head. His sister had accidentally shot him with a parent's gun.

Ryan Levi, KQED

Along the left side of a cold, gray cement building on Alcatraz Island, hundreds of colorful NFL jerseys suspended on clothesline hang limp in the cold air.

The building is about as long as a football field. Broken windows, peeling paint and the busted out remains of what used to be toilets line the walls. It looks like the dirtiest NFL pro shop imaginable, only the jerseys aren’t for sale. They’re art.

“It’s really about shortening irrationally long prison sentences that are too often given for nonviolent minor drug crimes,” says Nelson Saiers, the New York-based artist behind Shortening: Making the Irrational Rational, currently on display on Alcatraz through Sunday, Feb. 5.

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown is asking lawmakers to set aside $10.6 million to begin the sweeping overhaul of prison parole he convinced California voters to approve last fall, a proposal that corrections officials say reflects his continued commitment to public safety and reforms.

Scott Kernan, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the governor’s new state budget lays out a primary framework for implementing Proposition 57, which seeks to reduce the state’s inmate population by giving parole officials greater latitude to offer early release to thousands of prisoners.

Teen to be sent to residential treatment facility, Juvenile Court judge decides
Janene Scully, Noozhawk

A 16-year-old girl convicted of killing her newborn baby must spend at least six months — and possibly longer — in a residential treatment program, a judge decided Thursday. 

Santa Maria Juvenile Court Judge Arthur Garcia handed down the sentence in the case involving the girl who is referred to in court as Maribel S. due to her age.

The Santa Barbara County Probation Department recommended the judge order Maribel to the State Division of Juvenile Justice, while her attorney sought placement in a group home.