Thursday, February 2, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


East Bay Times

SACRAMENTO – Officials say the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery has been moved to a women’s prison.

California corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said 57-year-old Shiloh Heavenly Quine was admitted to the Central California Women’s Facility on Wednesday.


The San Quentin State Prison marathon program offers reform—and a rare, fleeting glimpse of freedom—for inmates serving hard time.
Liz Gill, Competitor

The breath of 18 inmates is still visible in the air at 8 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2016, as they line up for the start on the west side of the prison yard. Standing under the San Quentin State Prison “Field of Dreams” scoreboard wearing white and grey, mesh and cotton, they stand in stark contrast to the mandated all-black dress code of the volunteer coaches and lap counters of the 1,000 Mile Running Club.

A row of sweats, hydration and nutrition awaits runners of the seventh Annual San Quentin State Prison Marathon. Chris Scull’s repurposed sriracha bottle filled with an electrolyte solution lies on top of a pair of sweats. Chris Schumacher, a diabetic, has saved up a stockpile of jelly packets from mess hall-issued peanut butter and jelly lunches that he plans to take every 6 miles.  


The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A parole panel on Wednesday recommended the release of a former follower of cult leader Charles Manson after California governors blocked four previous parole recommendations.

Bruce Davis, 74, had his 31st parole hearing at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo as he serves a life sentence for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.

Davis was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson "family" the same year.


Great Big Story

At one point, Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, only housed women. In 2013, however, it became a male prison with a very unique skills training program. As a women's prison, Valley State had a cosmetology certification course just like any you would find outside its walls. That program now continues with male inmates and is thriving. Here, dedicated students work toward professional certification by building service skills that will translate outside the prison walls.


Rosalio Ahumada, Modesto Bee

A man who was shot by an off-duty correctional officer when he threatened people with a knife at the Modesto Costco store is expected to be sentenced to a year in jail after agreeing to a plea deal.

Gary Harlan Scott, 61, on Tuesday pleaded no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon for lunging at the officer several times with the knife before the officer, Kevin Machado, fired his gun, according to Deputy District Attorney Jeff Laugero, who prosecuted the case. The charge is considered a strike under the state’s “three-strikes” law, and it could increase a sentence if Scott is convicted of another felony.