Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Anisca Miles and Sarah Acosta, Fox 40 News

STOCKTON -- Stockton Police have arrested a suspect after a 9-hour-long standoff that began Tuesday evening.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, a family member of the suspect, Dominic Smith, found him in their home and called authorities.

When police arrived to the home in the 1500 block of Venetian they heard gunshots come from inside the house.

Leigh Egan, Crime Online

Leslie Van Houten, once one of Charles Manson’s youngest “family” members, wants old audio tapes released that she claims will prove she was completely brainwashed when she helped commit crimes that landed her in prison almost 50 years ago.

TMZ reports that Van Houten, 67, has an upcoming parole hearing in September, and in her desperation to make parole, she wants the 1969 audio tapes to prove how Manson had his followers under his complete spell. Van Houten’s lawyer, Richard Pfeiffer, recently filed a request to ban the L.A. District Attorney’s Office from attending Van Houten’s upcoming parole hearing because the office is reportedly holding on tightly to the tapes, refusing to release them.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Sara Nealeigh, Miami Herald

After months of investigating, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office made more than a dozen arrests in connection to drug-related crimes and the seizure of about 14 pounds of methamphetamine.

Called Operation Hydra, it was part of a national investigation, officials said in a press conference Tuesday. As a result, 13 people were arrested, according to FOX 13.

Detectives got information on drug dealing operations in Pacso County that led them to Jesus Hernandez-Reynoso.

Valley News

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, May 2, authorized the sheriff’s department to assign up to 500 inmates to the state fire camp program for firefighting, brush clearance and related operations.

“I think this has been a successful program,” Undersheriff Bill DiYorio told the board. “These folks are learning a skill. They’re doing something productive. We’d like to have more in there, but qualification can be a problem.”

Since 2013, the county has contracted with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to place inmates locked up in county detention facilities in one of three state-run fire camps throughout the region.

Brandon Showalter , CP Reporter

A California judge has ordered that state prison officials must provide transgender inmates with compression underwear and jewelry if the inmate cannot afford to purchase them.

As the Associated Press reported Friday, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued the order in a federal lawsuit, saying prison officials must now provide free undergarments that flatten the chest (binders or compression tops) to female-to-male transgender inmates in women's prisons. This was the same lawsuit that had earlier "led California to become the first state to provide taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery to an inmate."

OPINION

Ron Sokol, The Daily Breeze

Q If the majority of Californians support the death penalty, why isn’t it enforced?

— D.S., El Segundo

A In November, Californians narrowly approved a measure seeking to speed up death penalty enforcement, and also defeated a measure that would have replaced the death penalty with a sentence of life without possibility of parole. More than 900 convicted killers have been sent to death row in California since capital punishment was reinstated in 1978, yet only 13 have been executed since then (the last in 2006).