Friday, June 30, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Today Show

A new podcast about life inside California’s notorious San Quentin State Prison, apparently the first produced entirely inside the walls of a federal or state prison, is becoming an unlikely hit. NBC News’ Joe Fryer reports for TODAY.

KSBY

A convicted murderer serving time at the California Men's Colony (CMC) has died, officials confirm to KSBY News.

Correctional Lieutenant and CMC spokesperson Monica Ayon says Randy Kidwell was pronounced dead shortly after 11:00 p.m. Wednesday by a doctor after an ambulance was requested at the state prison located in San Luis Obispo.

New York Daily News

Prisoners at San Quentin State Prison have been playing baseball since the 1920s. Starting in 1994, the inmates started playing against players from outside the prison. San Quentin now has two baseball teams, the San Quentin Athletics and the San Quentin Giants. Branden Terrel is pictured in his cell showing off his baseball glove at San Quentin State Prison on June 8, 2017.

Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada man who insisted for 23 years that he didn't kill a fast-food restaurant manager in Las Vegas is being freed from prison following a confession by a man imprisoned in California, authorities said Thursday.

DeMarlo Berry, now 42, is due for release Friday after a state court judge in Las Vegas dismissed his murder conviction in the April 1994 slaying of Charles Burkes and his 1995 sentence to life in prison without parole.

CDCR News

LOS ANGELES — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for Brandon Garcia, 36, who walked away from the Male Community Re-entry Program (MCRP) facility in Los Angeles on Thursday June 29, 2017.

An emergency search was conducted after being notified at approximately 6:23 p.m. that Garcia’s GPS device had been tampered with and the GPS tracking device was located on the roof of the fire department station near his last location.  Garcia was not located in the immediate area. 

Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Garcia.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

After the CDCR was ordered to improve its medical and mental health care facilities, the agency embraced eco-friendly construction
Doug Wyllie, Corrections One

That California's state prison system is a national leader in energy-efficient building construction, resource conservation and renewable power isn't surprising. Rather it’s the unusual path the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation took – forced by legal decisions and voter ballot initiatives – to become a leader in eco-friendly correctional facility design.
Lawsuits fuel path to eco-friendly construction

A couple of decades ago in California, two class action lawsuits – Coleman v. Wilson (now Brown) and Plata v. Schwarzenegger (now Brown) – were combined because they shared a common problem. Each case was based on the assertion that tougher sentencing laws imposed in the 1980s created overcrowding issues that prevented CDCR from providing adequate medical and mental health treatment.

Many argue that Prop 47 and 57 have done little to reduce the inmate population in California, and that those initiatives were more of a vocal public endorsement of rehabilitation efforts
Doug Wyllie, Corrections One

Much has been made of the efforts in California to confront the overcrowding problem in California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities by setting a population limit, reclassifying some felonies as misdemeanors and realignment with the county jails.

A prison population reduction was mandated by court decisions in two different class action lawsuits that said the overcrowding in CDCR facilities led to inadequate mental health and medical care.

Debate continues over measures like AB109 and Propositions 47 and 57 – as well as the various initiatives mandated by Governor Jerry Brown – aimed at lowering the number of inmates housed by the CDCR.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Dartanyan Mendola, Crime Voice

MILPITAS — The Milpitas Police Department announced the arrest of a suspect wanted in a June 11, 2017, strong arm robbery. According to Milpitas Police, “At approximately 7:32 A.M., the Milpitas Police Department received a call of a strong-arm robbery that just occurred at the Larkspur Landing hotel on Ranch Drive.”

During this time the suspect, 35-year-old Sunnyvale resident Dartanyan Mendola, approached an employee working the counter at the hotel and claimed he had lost his keys. According to Milpitas Police, as the employee tried to help Mendola find his keys, Mendola began to try and take the employee’s keys from his hand. Failing to remove the keys from the employee, Mendola released his grip, ending the struggle.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Nathalie Granda, ABC 30 News

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- An emotional ending to a several yearlong case-- Kalena Olson and Sergio Zamora listened at a Merced judge read out their fate.

The couple was charged in the death of two-year-old Hennesey Fagin, and also for abusing another child. They were sentenced to 13 years in prison Thursday after they pleaded no contest to their charges back in December of last year.

"Both defendants entered pleas to child abuse and causing great bodily injury or death to a child, as well as a second count of child abuse for the second child involved in this case," said Steven Slocum, Merced County District Attorney's Office.