Friday, May 19, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

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.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

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.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

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.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

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, RadarOnline.com 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.