Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips



CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The $15 million spent by California to thwart prison drug smuggling has generated mixed results, researchers found, as increasingly creative smugglers turned to tricks like concealing methamphetamine in a bar of soap or heroin under postage stamps.

Drug use in the three prisons with the most intensive programs dropped by nearly a quarter after corrections officials increased their use of airport-style scanners, surveillance cameras, urine tests and drug-sniffing dogs three years ago. Seizures of cellphones, which are illegal in prisons, dropped by 13 percent.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Tommy Wright, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Salinas >> Convicted sex offender Charles Holifield pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the 1998 murder and kidnapping of 13-year-old Christina Williams.

Members of Christina’s family were on hand, including the aunt and cousin of her mother, Alice Williams. Maegan Ruiz-Ignacio, a family friend, said she called Christina’s parents after the arraignment.

“(Mike Williams, Christina’s father) said they’re not surprised and it’s just going to be a long, drawn out process,” Ruiz-Ignacio said. “But it’s going in the right direction, 19 years later.”

Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — A former Fairfield crack cocaine dealer who robbed and killed one of his customers in 1987 was denied parole Tuesday.

Timothy W. Garland was 18 when he went to a Fairfield motel with two friends on the night of Sept. 16, 1987, to sell some crack cocaine to Jon Castle.

When Garland got to Castle’s motel room, he insisted Castle smoke some of the cocaine with him to prove Castle was not an undercover narcotics officer. When Garland demanded payment for the cocaine, Castle refused. Garland responded by pulling a knife and, while his two buddies held Castle, Garland stabbed him repeatedly in the chest and neck.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Keith Allen and Sonya Hamasaki, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN)Another flight, another fight. This one happened aboard a Southwest plane shortly after it landed in Burbank, California. It's the latest example of rage erupting on board over any number of issues, from canceled flights to seat disputes to apparent misunderstandings. And like other cases, it was all caught on cell phone video.

Southwest flight 2530 had traveled Sunday from Dallas and was on a short layover at Hollywood Burbank Airport before continuing on to Oakland, California.

WBAL News Radio 1090

(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Cellphone video taken on a Southwest Airlines flight on Sunday shows the moment two passengers got into a violent altercation after the plane landed in Burbank, California.

Flight 2530 originated in Dallas and was on a stopover in Burbank before it headed to Oakland, according to the Burbank Police Department. A fight ensued between the two men as the plane taxied to the gate to deplane passengers who were not continuing on to Oakland, police said.

Elizabeth Suggs, FOX News 13

PARK CITY, Utah -- Tustin Police Department believe a man, who's been on the run since 2015, is in Park City.

Daniel David Courson is accused of attempting to steal items from a person's residence in California whom he had befriended in 2015. Police were called to the residence, but Courson successfully evaded officers. It wasn't until a possible sighting in April of 2017 that police were able to locate him.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Senator Cory Booker speaks with the Academy Award-winning musician about the campaign to end mass incarceration.
Cory Booker, Town & Country

I listen to John Legend often. It’s not just because of his soulful voice, his insightful lyrics, his exciting ability to blend everything from gospel to pop to jazz to funk. It’s because, with all the work he does outside the recording studio—including his newest initiative, a fund that will seed businesses and nonprofits launched by formerly incarcerated would-be entrepreneurs—his music contains my own worries, my own disappointments, and my own hopes. In conversation, too, he’s as incisive, perceptive, passionate, and nuanced as his music would suggest. I’m fairly certain that, as an artist/activist/philanthropist, John has an impact on America that would hardly be improved by his taking public office. But I’m even more certain that he’s far more likely to one day be a senator than I am to ever score a record deal.

OPINION

Annie Buckley, Los Angeles Review Of Books

This is my first visit to our new program at this prison. I meet up with our teaching team in the expansive parking lot and we walk through a sea of cars to a small guard booth where an officer is sitting behind a Plexiglas screen. He greets us, already familiar with the four teachers that have visited for the past four weeks. They sign in, introduce me, and we are issued a key and alarm. The process is relatively easy, calm, and methodical.