Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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The Foothill Advocate

A German national and convicted killer who once posed as Clark Rockefeller now resides in San Quentin State Prison, according to official documents.

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 56, was convicted in 2013 of murdering John Sohus and burying Sohus’ body in the backyard of a San Marino home where the men lived. Sohus and his wife Linda went missing in 1985. She has not been heard from since.

Since 1977, agents have successfully apprehended 99 percent of offenders who leave the re-entry program without permission, according to the CDCR.
Cassia Pollock, NBC 7 News

A convicted car thief who ditched his GPS tracking device and fled from a Re-Entry Program facility in May was arrested Friday, confirmed officials.

Israel Hernandez, 27, was arrested at 4 p.m. in San Ysidro by agents on the Special Service Unit for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Agents located Hernandez through a special investigation.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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Tehachapi News

William "Joe" Sullivan, 65, of Tehachapi has been appointed warden of California Correctional Institution, where he has served as the acting warden since 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday.

According to a news release from the governor's office, Sullivan was retired annuitant chief deputy warden at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2011 to 2017, where he was associate director of general population from 2008 to 2010 and correctional administrator from 1994 to 1997. He served in several positions at CCI from 1997 to 2008, including warden and chief deputy warden.


Jessica Hice, The Sacramento Bee

Men, women and children lined up outside the Folsom Women’s Facility on Sunday afternoon during visiting hours, but not to sit across from their loved ones inside.

Instead, they gathered to see them make prison program history as the first female inmates in California to perform a Shakespearean play in prison.

Jermaine Ong, abc News 10

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A prison inmate who walked away from a local facility earlier this month is now back in custody.

On May 11, State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said 27-year-old Israel Hernandez left the Male Community Re-Entry Program on Boston Avenue near South 27th Street.

CDCR officials said a search was launched after they were notified at about 4:20 a.m. that Hernandez's GPS device had been tampered with. Hernandez was seen by facility staff exiting the building through a back door. His GPS device was found in a nearby parking lot.


Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A four-day law enforcement operation targeting registered sex offenders in Sacramento County resulted in 29 arrests, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The operation, conducted by the Sacramento Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team in conjunction with several state and local agencies, began Monday. It focused on sex offenders who had failed to register. It also was intended to locate sex offenders who were violating their sex offender registration requirements or other laws, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

Doug Saunders, The Press-Enterprise

Twenty-four people found themselves in handcuffs Thursday during a large-scale probation compliance operation in the High Desert, probation officials said.

More than 20 combined teams made up of San Bernardino County probation officers, sheriff’s deputies, district attorney investigators and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole Agents combed the desert communities and served a few dozen search warrants, according to a probation news release.

Casper Star-Tribune

Governments across the country are faced with a host of issues including the need to provide a safe secure correctional environment for both staff and offenders. Recently, Americans across the county celebrated Correctional Professionals Day to thank and support the hard and extremely important work done by thousands of individuals every day. While correctional systems face many challenges, a crumbling infrastructure is a growing national problem that many jurisdictions are realizing has been too long ignored and threatens safety.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Tracy Bloom, KTLA 5 News

An 18-year-old man was booked on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly assaulting his mother in Anaheim Tuesday night, authorities said.

Officers responded to the 5800 block of East La Palma Avenue around 8:50 p.m. after receiving a call of a possible assault in a mobile home, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

When they arrived at the scene, they learned from witnesses that a teen who lived at the location with his mother had run away from the scene with a baseball bat, according to Wyatt.

Christina Salvo, ABC 7 News

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- An 18-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly used a bat to attack his mother, a California Department of Corrections officer, who was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday night, authorities said.

Seth White turned himself in and was booked on attempted murder charges in connection with the incident.


Larry Altman, Daily Breeze

A man convicted of killing an Inglewood police sergeant nearly 30 years ago was released from prison on parole Tuesday, dealing a stunning defeat to the officer’s family and colleagues who believe he should never live freely again.

Joevone Elster, 51, who masterminded the robbery that resulted in Sgt. George Aguilar’s death, was handed over to Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon, a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman said.


The Press Democrat

CrimeBeat Q&A is a weekly feature where reporters answers readers’ questions about local crimes and the law.

How much legal trouble will a gram of heroin get me in?

First things first: Even a small amount of heroin can be deadly. And if you are caught in possession, it can do lasting damage to your finances and life, be it at work, school or home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Inmate stabs officer in head, back at Mule Creek State Prison, CDCR says
Sarah Heise, KCRA Sacramento

IONE, Calif. (KCRA) — Four officers were hurt when a prisoner stabbed one officer several times at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Brian Jones, 28, an inmate at Mule Creek, came out of his cell about 12:30 p.m. Sunday for time in the recreational yard and asked the floor officer, "What's up?" officials said.


CALIPATRIA, Calif. - Officials at Calipatria State Prison said a woman was arrested after allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana into the state prison.

The Visiting Staff on Facility “B” was alerted to 29-year Monique Elizabeth Leon, who was exiting the Visitors Restroom when the staff noticed Leon smelled of marijuana.  Leon is an approved visitor of inmate Miguel Ochoa convicted of Felony Vandalism.. A subsequent consented search of Leon revealed seven latex bindles, containing a combined weight of 8.0 grams of suspected marijuana, which has an estimated prison value of $2,000.



In 2016, California voters approved a parole process overhaul for the state via Prop 57, after a heated debate about what the bill could mean for sex offenders convicted of non-violent crimes.

When the regulations were released in March, they excluded non-violent sex offenders from early release considerations even though the measure did not. Advocacy groups are asking the state to revise the rules before their final approval in the fall, arguing the guidelines are unconstitutional.

Under Prop 57, should non-violent sex offenders be eligible for parole?


Jim McDermott, America Magazine

If you had to brainstorm settings in which you might want to make sure there were a chaplain available, should you need one, three places stand out: hospitals, nursing or veterans’ homes and prisons.

It is that last location that generally gets shortest shrift. Let’s be frank: Our stance in the United States toward those who have been convicted of a crime—and usually those accused, too—is often punitive. Whether they are a repeat offender on a minor drug charge or they have committed a far more serious offense, people convicted of crime are understood to have abnegated their rights to everything from freedom to personal safety. (Think about how often in U.S. culture male-on-male sexual assault is depicted as an accepted, even humorous part of incarcerated life.) On the hierarchy of demands in most prison systems, pastoral care scores low.

Monday, May 22, 2017

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Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles-based nonprofit is claiming California prison officials have undermined last fall’s ballot measure to overhaul the state’s parole process by excluding sex offenders from consideration for early release.

The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws, which advocates for the rights of those convicted of sex crimes and their families, says the exemption — written into newly released guidelines to implement Proposition 57 — “impermissibly restricts and impairs the scope” of the initiative.


David Hernandez, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two prison officers were indicted this week on unrelated allegations of smuggling cellphone, drugs and tobacco products into an Imperial County prison in exchange for money.

Officer Gabriel Villagomez, 38, is accused of soliciting bribes from Centinela state prison inmates and their associates. He received at least $41,000 to smuggle cellphones and tobacco products into the facility, according to an indictment filed in San Diego federal court.


Dana Littlefield, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Even moments before he got up on stage, Stephen Davis wasn’t entirely sure he was going to go through with it.

But there he was, standing in front of a couple hundred people in an activity room at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility — just off the A yard — talking about overcoming obstacles, rising to a challenge and finding one’s purpose in life.

“I’m engaging, seizing my life. I’m making it my own,” said Davis, explaining to the crowd how he mustered the nerve to step on stage, when not so long ago just the thought of delivering his own TED talk had been “terrifying.”

Ben Deci, FOX 40 News

"God. How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable, seem to me all the uses of this world."

When Shakespeare wrote "All the World's a Stage," he couldn't have imagined this one -- the California State Prison, Solano. Could he?

"I think he would really dig this," inmate Joey Pagaduan said.

For nearly nine months now, the men of this prison have been rehearsing Shakespeare's Hamlet. Saturday it was show time.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC

Omar Chavez spent 12 years after high school attending college on and off. When the 2012 spring semester began he made a choice that would bring his higher education to a screeching stop.

“I was caught with drugs crossing the border,” he said.

He spent nearly two years in federal prison in Oregon. While there, he became determined to change bad habits and go back to college.

Gail Marshall, The Fresno Bee

The confetti poppers exploded and a tissue-paper storm showered the dozens of graduates at Fresno State’s Department of Social Work Education commencement Friday morning.

Arnold Trevino, 51, of Strathmore also had a few rainbow-colored paper shreds dotting his ebony graduation gown here and there, and a couple of pieces got caught on the honor-student’s medallions. But he paid them no mind. He was too busy hugging his classmates as they put the last flourish on a series of celebrations.


Alayna Shulman , Record Searchlight

It’s a literal power struggle.

If you’re homeless, where do you charge the ankle monitor a judge has ordered you to wear?

Businesses accuse you of stealing power and scaring away their customers. The city cut off power to some major downtown spots over similar concerns.

But there’s one city-run facility that couldn’t function without being connected to the grid. And city officials aren’t happy local parole agents tell some of the sex offenders they oversee to use the outlets there – “certainly not a service that we are promoting,” Redding Community Services Director Kim Niemer said.


"It's an epidemic."
Randy DeSoto, Western Journalism

Modeling legend Fabio Lanzoni took California Gov. Jerry Brown to task for supporting recently-passed Prop 57 that releases convicted criminals early (including rapists and child molesters), particularly in light of the difficulty for law abiding citizens to obtain guns to protect themselves.

The Italian born model, 58, told NRATV that crime has become an epidemic in the Golden State and that Prop 57 is only going to make matters worse.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Almendra Carpizo, Stockton Record

STOCKTON — Edward Sturdivant stood over the bleak patch of dirt, surveying the area for the perfect spot.

He finally crouched down and dug his left hand into the dirt and used his right hand to delicately place the palm-sized plant into the ground. Sturdivant is familiar with gardening — he and his late grandmother had enjoyed doing it together — and it offers him a sense of peace, especially in his current environment.


James Queally, The Los Angeles Times

A man convicted of masterminding a robbery that led to the 1988 slaying of an Inglewood police sergeant is set to be released from prison despite the furious pleas of the slain officer’s family and law enforcement leaders, officials said.

Joevone Elster, who was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery in the shooting death of Inglewood Sgt. George Aguilar, will be released from state prison next week, said Luis Patino, a spokesman for the state department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.


Sara Zendehnam, Fox 40 News

EL DORADO COUNTY -- With fire season fast approaching, Cal Fire spent Wednesday training 350 inmate firefighters and crews from the California Conservation Corps.

Those crews have to pass the following tests to be able to fight fires -- water shelter deployment training, a four mile hike in 70 minutes and cut at least 300 feet of terrain in one hour.

Tanya Eiserer, WFAA

Tommy Winfrey designed a website to help prisoners sell their art work. Aly Tamboura created an app to help utility workers see underground lines using a mobile device. Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal came up with an app named Couch Potato that lets fans call plays during games

But what’s extraordinary is where and how they did it.

At the time, each of them were prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, California’s oldest prison and home to the state’s death row.


Ed Rampell, The Progressive

At a recent screening of a new documentary, Rikers, An American Jail, actor and activist Tim Robbins declared, “[Attorney General Jeff] Sessions wants to send us back 15 years.”

In light of “mountains of evidence that we over-incarcerate” men and women for nonviolent crimes, Robbins said, Sessions’s tough-on-crime agenda is “a total disaster in the making.”

Debra Tate has battled to keep the Manson family killers locked in prison.
Alexis Tereszcuk, RADAR

Sharon Tate’s sister has been fighting for justice for her beloved sibling ever since she was brutally murdered by the Manson Family in 1969. But now, has learned she is facing another tragedy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

An outspoken advocate for keeping the killers locked up for almost fifty years, Debra lost her sister, Patty, to breast cancer, and her mother passed away from brain cancer six months after Patty died.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Fox News

A convicted California cop killer is set to be released from prison, but the slain officer’s family is fighting to keep him behind bars.

“I never thought we’d be here trying to fight for him to stay in prison. What kind of justice system would release a cop killer?” the victim's son, George Aguilar, Jr., told KABC-TV.

Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — Two months after the Court of Appeal overturned the convictions and 68-years-to-life prison sentence imposed in 2013 on a Vacaville teen, the California Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case.

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and all six associate justices agreed Wednesday to review the lower court’s decision, which ruled the prison sentence given to Alexander Cervantes when he was a juvenile amounted to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.


Elina Shatkin, 89.3 KPCC

Almost two dozen people alleged to be high-ranking members of the MS-13 street gang were arrested early Wednesday morning during a massive law enforcement sweep.

In conjunction with the raids, officials unsealed grand jury indictments against 44 people in federal court. The charges include murder, drug trafficking, prostitution and extortion.

Andrea Dukakis, Colorado Public Radio

To survive in prison it helps to be resilient, creative and a self-starter. And that's not unlike what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, says Brad Feld, head of Boulder-based Foundry Group, a venture capital firm focused on start-ups.

Feld, who's been called the godfather of Boulder's start-up community, is on the board of Defy Ventures, a group that offers entrepreneurial, employment and character-development training to current and former inmates in New York, California and Nebraska.

The King City Rustler

GONZALES — Francisco Napoles Medina, 54, of Watsonville, was sentenced by the Honorable Pamela L. Butler to seven years and six months to be served in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, his fifth prison commitment for driving under the influence.

On April 11, 2017, Medina was found guilty by a jury of felony driving under the influence of alcohol with three prior DUI convictions, two of which were felonies. The jury also found true that the defendant has served four prior prison terms for previous DUI convictions.