Monday, April 17, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Steve Flores, The Californian

Made famous by the galactically successful Star Wars film franchise, the Millennium Falcon was known as the fastest ship in the galaxy. Despite her unassuming beginnings and rough exterior, the Falcon has made its mark in the epic space opera film series — and in an unexpected place in Wasco.

When I walked onto the yard last Monday and saw the newest version of the Millennium Falcon being built for her next adventure, I felt like I had walked into a makeshift hobby shop instead of a guarded fenced area at the Wasco State Prison.

And although the detailed work wasn’t quite done, like a parent watching his or her child ride a bike for the first time, all seven inmates stood and proudly gleamed at the large Millennium Falcon model they built from prison refuse.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

James Herrera, Monterey Herald

Salinas >> Charges were filed Friday morning against convicted sex offender Charles Holifield in the slaying of Christina Williams. He is expected to be arraigned on May 9, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

“We have filed the complaint and are pursuing the arrest warrant to bring him here,” said Jeannine Pacioni, assistant district attorney.

Holifield faces charges of murder with enhancements including special circumstances for kidnapping, lewd acts on a child and for prior convictions for previous crimes and other allegations. He also is charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, a special allegation for a minor under the age of 14, intent to commit great bodily injury and an allegation of habitual sexual offender because of prior forcible rape convictions.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Susan Christian Goulding, The Orange County Register

FULLERTON A six-week investigation of a Feb. 27 shooting led Fullerton police officers to Hawaiian Gardens, where a suspect was taken into custody, officials said Saturday.

On Friday, April 14, Michael Benavidez, 27, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a brief pursuit on foot, the department announced. The Hawaiian Gardens resident was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine, police said.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Jim Holt, The Signal

A Corrections officer was injured and airlifted to a hospital Thursday night after a big rig collided with a convoy of law enforcement vehicles being delivered to the Antelope Valley State Prison.

The traffic collision happened shortly after 8:50 p.m. on Highway 138 near Gorman when a convoy of five Specialized Ford SUVs – called Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles – collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 138 just near 300 Street West.

“Preliminary investigative efforts indicate five on-duty California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers were driving five Ford PIUVs in tandem on the eastbound SR-138, approaching 300 Street West,” California Highway Patrol Officer Josh Greengard told The Signal Friday.

Chelcey Adami , The Californian

Name: Tyrone Mays

Position: Parole Agent 1

Department/Company: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Years of Experience: 17

KSBW

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — A Watsonville man with 12 previous DUI convictions was found guilty again this week by a jury for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Francisco Napoles Medina, 54, has served four prior prison terms for previous DUI convictions, but he apparently still didn't get the message to not drink and drive.

Medina will be sentenced May 10 by Monterey County Judge Pamela L. Butler. He faces a maximum sentence of 7 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, District Attorney Dean Flippo said.

Laurel Rosenhall, The San Francisco Chronicle

A cattle-ranching billionaire headed into Gov. Jerry Brown’s office the other day with redemption on his mind.

Redemption for prisoners who wind up behind bars because their own tortured childhoods led them to lives of crime. Redemption for veterans who bring home wartime scars that cause addiction and violence. And redemption, perhaps, even for himself — born into privilege, born again as a Christian, and determined to make a difference with his wealth.

“If you listen to the stories of the men and women who have been incarcerated, it’s horrible what they’ve been through,” B. Wayne Hughes Jr. said as he stood outside Brown’s office.

OPINION

The Los Angeles Times

The Trump administration has embarked on a stepped-up campaign to capture and deport immigrants living in the United States illegally, even if they’ve been here for a long time, have deep roots in the community and have been law-abiding and productive members of American society.

It’s a mean-spirited, costly and unnecessary approach to illegal immigration that will divide families and destabilize communities at enormous cost to taxpayers, while providing little or no public benefit. California legislators are right to object, and to insist that state and local resources not be spent on helping the federal government in this misguided policy.

Maureen Washburn, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

There is growing interest nationwide in designating specialized prison space for young adults under age 25. Although these projects are often couched in the language of treatment and developmental differences, specialty facilities could expose states to a pitfall of multitiered prison systems: targeting some with superficial reforms, while leaving others out.

Investing in new facilities draws scarce resources and attention away from reforms that work, including local, small-scale and community-driven alternatives to incarceration. Advocates must ensure that these new facilities do not result in increased incarceration or a growing tolerance for inadequate conditions in traditional prisons.