Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


FOX News

Each year behind the walls of San Quentin, inmates train with volunteer coaches for a marathon. Every year people serving sentences for serious crimes run 26.2 miles around the state's oldest prison (within the walls of the prison).

The marathon is extremely difficult because it consists of 105 laps around a quarter mile course in the lower yard of the prison.

Kevin Rumon, Assistant Coach of San Quentin 1,000 Mile Club, tells KTVU there are six 90 degree turns on the course. "While it might seem easy to be running this on a closed course - it's very hard and it's also - unlike the San Francisco Marathon - I might be 10, 20 miles from home. These guys pass by their 'home' every lap so that temptation to quit is particularly difficult."

The Altruist, Constance Hale

When Steve McNamara ’55 steps out of his silver BMW coupe in a Northern California parking lot, he looks like the average alum of his vintage. His vanity plates spell out the name of the company that defines him (THE SUN). His uniform is as preppy as permissible in Marin County: charcoal slacks, green-and-blue plaid oxford shirt, black Patagonia down jacket, gray Nikes, and baseball cap that says “Mill Valley.”

He walks briskly up a long ramp to an imposing entrance marked by large columns, flashes a badge, and makes a beeline toward a collection of wood-and-stucco fortresses jutting into San Francisco Bay. He signs in at a formidable metal gate, greeting the guard by name. He’s also on a first-name basis with a gardener stooping over plants near the chapel, to whom he reports on geraniums the gardener recently gave him.


Jess Sullivan, Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — Two inmates who face murder charges for the beating death of a 66-year-old inmate last year at the California Medical Facility prison in Vacaville appeared in court briefly Thursday.

It was the fourth court appearance for Sherman Dunn, 45, and Percy Robinson, 28, since murder charges were filed against them in December 2016. Dunn has been locked up since 2015, Robinson since 2012.

Brian Johnson, abc 30 News

TULARE COUNTY (KFSN) -- Court records and a new press release from a Los Angeles law firm reveal Tulare County has settled two lawsuits filed by women who say they were sexually and emotionally victimized by a former Tulare County sheriff's deputy. But the county claims settlements have not yet been finalized with the five plaintiffs.

A press release written by the public relations company for the law firm Kabateck Brown Kellner says Tulare County will pay $2.2 million to settle two civil lawsuits against the county, the sheriff's office, and former deputy William Nulick.

Alexa Renee, KXTV

The Manson Family is arguably the most infamous cult in U.S. history.

Charles Manson, leader of the group and mastermind behind the gruesome 1969 murders of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate and the LaBianca family, sits behind California bars for his crimes.

Manson was convicted for conspiracy to commit murder for his involvement in the bloody summer of 'Helter Skeltor' and has sat in a prison cell for decades.

He was initially sentenced to death in 1971 along with several other members of his commune family for participating in the murders, but their sentences were reduced to life with the possibility of parole in 1972 after the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional.


Sandra T. Molina, Whittier Daily News

WHITTIER >> Standing in front of City Hall adjacent to the Whittier Police Memorial Thursday, Assemblyman Ian Calderon introduced a bill that would require jailing probationers who violate the terms of their supervision at least three times.

The bill would be the first state legislation to address issues local police forces have with prison reform bills like AB 109 following the death of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer in February.

Calderon, D-Industry, said the bill, AB 1408, is “a result of intense discussion with the law enforcement community.” He said he and believes the bill “will help prevent tragedies like what we witnessed on Feb. 20.”

In Idaho, prisoners roast potatoes. In Kentucky, they sell cattle
The Economist

SILICON VALLEY mavens seldom stumble into San Quentin, a notorious Californian prison. But when Chris Redlitz, a venture capitalist, visited seven years ago, he found that many of the inmates were keen and savvy businessmen. The trip spurred him to create The Last Mile, a charity that teaches San Quentin inmates how to start businesses and code websites, for which they can earn up to $17 an hour. One of the first people it helped was Tulio Cardozo, who served a five-year sentence after a botched attempt at cooking hashish, which also left him with severe burns across half his body. Two years after he was released, he got a job as a lead developer in a San Francisco startup.

Such redemptive stories are the model for what the prison system could be. But they are exceptions—the rule is much drearier. Prison labour is legally required in America. Most convicted inmates either work for nothing or for pennies at menial tasks that seem unlikely to boost their job prospects. At the federal level, the Bureau of Prisons operates a programme known as Federal Prison Industries that pays inmates roughly $0.90 an hour to produce everything from mattresses, spectacles,road signs and body armour for other government agencies, earning $500m in sales in fiscal 2016. Prisoners have produced official seals for the Department of Defence and Department of State, a bureau spokesman confirmed. In many prisons, the hourly wage is less than the cost of a chocolate bar at the commissary, yet the waiting list remains long—the programme still pays much more than the $0.12-0.40 earned for an hour of kitchen work.