Monday, June 5, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year, enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer.

The price for each inmate has doubled since 2005, even as court orders related to overcrowding have reduced the population by about one-quarter. Salaries and benefits for prison guards and medical providers drove much of the increase.

The result is a per-inmate cost that is the nation’s highest and $2,000 above tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses to attend Harvard.


KTVU San Francisco

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (KTVU) -- Several buses rolled into San Quentin State Prison Friday morning from all over California, a field trip of sorts to reunite some incarcerated fathers with their loved ones two weeks before Father's Day.

The program that reunites these families -- even if temporarily -- is called "Get on the Bus." Organizers say it helps keep families intact during the prisoners' incarceration while also helping to aid in the inmates' rehabilitation. Similar scenes are playing out this month in 13 prisons throughout California.

Amy Maginnis-Honey, Fairfield Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — Watson Allison sat on California’s death row for almost 30 years.

Carlos Leon spent seven years in the segregated housing unit, aka solitary confinement.

Both donned black caps and gowns Friday as members of the 2017 graduating class of the Offender Mentor Certification Program at California State Prison, Solano.


Tom Wright, Monterey Herald

Soledad >> Although they’re in prison, they are all good dogs.

The SPCA for Monterey County and Salinas Valley State Prison began the Ruff Start program, which pairs shelter dogs who need a bit more training with inmates, just over a year ago. Officials from the prison and the SPCA call the program a huge success, while inmates are lining up to take part.

“This is one of the best rehabilitative programs that we have in our prisons,” said Lt. David Lopez, the program’s liaison at the prison. “This is my third prison, so I’ve seen quite a few other programs, but I think this one really goes a long way.”


Breaking: A Saratoga resident's album containing old military photos was among the items recovered from a storage unit, police say.
Maggie Avants, Patch

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA -- It did not take long for police to track down the suspects in an alleged burglary this week of a Santa Clara business. That's because when the suspects pried open the door Tuesday to a business in the 3100 block of De La Cruz Boulevard and proceeded to steal $18,000 worth of computer equipment, some 100 GPS devices were among their loot, police said Friday.

When the business operator discovered the GPS devices were among the items missing, police say he activated each device's unique tracking code, revealing that two clusters of the devices were in Alameda County: one in Union City, the other in Oakland.


Brooke Martell, KSBY

KSBY News has learned that Julio Cesar Alonso, 24, the man arrested in connection with the death of a woman at a Nipomo home on Wednesday morning is undocumented and was previously deported to Mexico.

Alonso is believed to be the boyfriend of the victim, 24-year old Paula Ramirez-Diaz. According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Ramirez-Diaz was found with a stab wound to her neck in the home on Pomeroy Avenue.

Currently, Alonso remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail facing a murder charge with no set bail. According to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, charges against Alonso have not yet been filed.

Taryn Luna and Jim Miller, The Sacramento Bee

Advocates for a voter-approved transparency measure allege that the California Assembly violated the law this week in votes on more than 90 bills.

California voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that requires bills in the state Legislature to be published online in final form for at least 72 hours before a vote. This week, though, the Assembly voted on dozens of bills that had not been in print for three days.