Friday, February 17, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Amy Jamieson, People

There’s no end to what dogs can do: saving humans from harm, sniffing out fires or alerting us to high blood sugar levels, for starters.

In this case, dogs are the link between a group of inmates at the California City Correctional Facility and a 14-year-old girl battling cancer.

Sure, the two couldn’t be more different — but in life both have a strong connection to dogs. Through an intense rehabilitation program created by Marley Mutts Dog Rescue, these inmates train dogs saved from death row.

Christina Fan, abc 30 News

CHOWCHILLA, CA -- Hidden behind multiple security gates inside Valley State Prison, you will find a fully functioning beauty school run by a team of inmates.

Like many others at this medium security facility, Benjamin Gomez came from a rough place.

"Life full of gang banging, crime, pretty much everything you can think of," he said.

But in this barren land traced with razor wire, is a class on cosmetology involving manis, pedis, and gentle facials.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Sheyanne Romero, Visalia Times-Delta

A Dinuba man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in 1978, will remain behind bars at Kern Valley prison for the next three years.

According to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, a California parole board denied parole for Donald Griffith, 73 of Dinuba. He will not be eligible for another hearing until 2020.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Debbie L. Sklar, My News LA

State Sen. Patricia Bates revealed a list of crimes Thursday that would be covered under a bill that seeks to modify Prop. 57, which increased opportunities for parole of nonviolent felons and to allow judges, not prosecutors, to decide if some juveniles can be charged as adults.

Under the Laguna Niguel Republican’s bill, which was introduced last month, the list of “violent felonies” would expand to include the following:

Eric Newman , The Republic

One-time death-row inmate turned prisoner-rights advocate Shujaa Graham had himself and members of the audience in tears Thursday during "Life After Death Row" at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix.

Graham recounted his experience spending 11 years in various California penal institutions, part of which included time spent on death row for a wrongful murder conviction. He was later exonerated in the death of a prison guard and released from prison in 1981.