Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Maya Lau, The Los Angeles Times

The inmate said he was summoned to a spot under a stairway where no jail guards or cameras would be able to see.

There, he said, three other Los Angeles County inmates ambushed him, leaving him with a busted jaw and broken nose, a concussion, double vision and blood oozing from his face.

The inmate, Saul Steve Lira, said the guard on duty deliberately ignored what was going on.

Now, prosecutors have charged the guard with assault, accusing him of walking away at the request of another inmate so Lira could be beaten and later refusing to assist Lira with medical help.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Kelly Puente, The OC Register

A former parole agent was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Monday for embezzling funds from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation so he could buy prescription drugs from a parolee.

Scott Patric Keblis, 50, of Chino pleaded guilty to one felony count of embezzlement by a public employee and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Keblis, while a state parole agent, in 2015 obtained two bus passes and two $40 Target gift cards from the agency, claiming he needed to give them to a parolee under his supervision.

Business Wire

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On February 1, 2017, the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court permitted Officer Amanda Van Fleet, a corrections officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), to intervene in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed against the CDCR by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) pursuant to its policing powers and based upon the CDCR’s treatment of Officer Van Fleet. Officer Van Fleet’s complaint alleges that she was placed on leave by the CDCR when she informed the CDCR that she was pregnant and requested minor work accommodations and that the CDCR has a pattern of discriminating against pregnant workers and workers with other permanent or temporary disabilities that require accommodation.

Per the lawsuit, after Officer Van Fleet provided the CDCR a list of moderate restrictions placed on her work by her healthcare provider, Officer Van Fleet was told by the CDCR that she could choose between a leave, a “medical demotion” (requiring her to take a pay cut and disrupt her medical coverage), or alternatively, to withdraw her request for pregnancy accommodations and resume her job (but only if she “assume liability” for any risks associated with her working outside of her medical restrictions).

Vivian Ho, The San Francisco Chronicle

A pair of drifters accused of killing a backpacker in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and a hiker in Marin County pleaded guilty Monday to two counts apiece of first-degree murder, bringing to a close a case that shocked the Bay Area with its brutality.

Under a plea deal endorsed by the victims’ families, Morrison “Haze” Lampley, 24, will be sentenced to 100 years to life in prison for shooting Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old Canadian backpacker, and Steven Carter, a 67-year-old tantric yoga instructor, during a crime spree in 2015, said the Marin County district attorney’s office.