Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Sami Soto, The State Hornet

Sacramento State photography professor Nigel Poor and San Quentin State Prison inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams will be spotlighting life-in-prison stories on a biweekly podcast called “Ear Hustle.”

All stories on the podcast, which is slated to premiere in June of this year on EarHustleSQ.com, will originate from San Quentin, where Woods and Williams are currently incarcerated.

Each episode will focus on different topics, including living with pets in prison and the culture around the n-word.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Toni McAllister, Times od San Diego

In 1978, San Diego police Officer Archie Buggs was 30 years old when he was shot and killed by a 17-year-old reputed gang member in the Skyline neighborhood.

Jesus Cecena, who is now in his mid-50s, was convicted of murdering Buggs and sentenced on August 22, 1979 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

However, a parole board hearing is set for Thursday at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California near Fresno, where Cecena is incarcerated.

Because Cecena was a juvenile at the time of the killing, a change in the law in 2014 made him eligible to receive Youthful Offender Consideration, according to the D.A.s office. In April 2014, his release was approved by the parole board but Governor Jerry Brown later overturned the panel’s recommendation in September. Cecena’s parole continues to be opposed by San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and the San Diego Police Officers Association.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

A gang member suspected of shooting two California police officers, killing one of them, was released from prison last year on probation under a criminal justice reform initiative that had no impact on how long he spent behind bars, a prison official said Tuesday.

Suspect Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2010 on a felony robbery charge as a member of a street gang and was paroled in 2014, according to Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Cindy Chang, Richard Winton and James Queally, The Los Angeles Times

Soon after returning to Los Angeles from Pelican Bay State Prison in April 2016, Michael Christopher Mejia was in trouble again.

An imposing physical presence at 6 feet, 3 inches, with face and neck tattoos that trumpeted his gang membership, Mejia was jailed and released repeatedly for violating his probation.

On Monday, just over a week after finishing his latest jail stint, Mejia fatally shot a 27-year veteran Whittier police officer and wounded another officer, according to authorities. Before engaging in the shootout with the officers, he is suspected of killing his cousin and stealing the cousin’s car.