Monday, July 31, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions on where they could live was seen as a way to increase housing options and allow law enforcement to better track them.

Sex offenders must register with the state and provide new addresses when they move. Those who are homeless are less apt to keep their locations updated and more likely to commit new crimes.

The California Supreme Court and state lawmakers say current state law fails to follow recent rulings by the United States limiting life sentences for teenagers convicted of murder.
Don Thompson, The  Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leif Taylor was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole not once, but twice, for killing a man while stealing a bicycle when he was 16.

His first sentence was overturned when an appeals court ruled that his confession to fatally shooting William Shadden in 1993 was coerced by investigators. But he was resentenced to the same no-parole term after civil rights attorneys say the courts ignored his youth and difficult childhood.


Natalie Tarangioli, KERO News

DELANO, Calif. - An North Kern State Prison inmate was murdered by another inmate on July 20, according to the coroner's office.

Allen Fagerson from Kingman was found with stab wounds in his jail cell just before 9:30 a.m. The coroner's office said Fagerson, 56, died shortly after he was found.


Ted Gest, Crime Report

A panel of California officials from across the criminal justice system agreed that the state’s nearly six-year-old “realignment” of inmates has led to a long list of improvements for crime victims and lawbreakers alike.

The officials spoke yesterday at the opening session of the National Forum on Criminal Justice, which is being held this week in Long Beach, Ca. The event is attended mostly by state criminal justice leaders from around the U.S. and is sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association, the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the IJIS Institute.


Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED

San Francisco-based visual artist Amy M. Ho builds installations that explore the psychology of space. Her work asks: How does a built environment make a person feel, both physically and emotionally?

The installations often start as models of real or imagined spaces. Rendered in white paper, rooms, tables and chairs become ghostly. Light slants through open doorways, but also through the doors themselves, revealing their material nature. Ho photographs the models and projects those images into existing or specially made architectural spaces, rendering the once small-scale paper constructions eerily life-sized (or larger).

In her ongoing series Spaces From Yesterday, Ho collaborates with incarcerated artists from San Quentin State Prison — where she has worked with the William James Association since 2012 — to recreate inmates’ memories of specific places. In each iteration of the project, which Ho purposefully identifies as a two-person show, her collaborator’s illustration of the same space hangs alongside Ho’s installation.


Dana Littlefield, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Mexican Mafia, God, family — in that order. That’s how one expert described the power and influence the notorious prison gang, also known as “La Eme,” holds over people in prison or county jail, as well as those on the outside.

In a 2007 article published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, writer Tony Rafael — who spent years researching the Mexican Mafia — explained in an interview how the gang’s leaders give orders to members of Hispanic or Latino street gangs that could include harassing, assaulting or killing others on its behalf.


Anne Marie Schubert, The Sacramento Bee

Last November Californians voted for Proposition 57 with the promise that “nonviolent” inmates who “turn their lives around” in prison could earn early parole if they demonstrate they no longer pose a danger to the public.

Voters undoubtedly supported this proposition because they want their justice system to reflect both measurable accountability and the opportunity for meaningful rehabilitation. As Sacramento County district attorney, I support that concept wholeheartedly.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Critics say California law doesn't follow recent US, CA supreme court rulings
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leif Taylor was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole not once, but twice, for killing a man in Southern California while stealing a bicycle when he was 16.

His first sentence was overturned when an appeals court ruled that his confession to fatally shooting William Shadden in 1993 was coerced by investigators. But he was resentenced to the same no-parole term after civil rights attorneys say the courts ignored his youth and difficult childhood.

Doug Saunders, San Bernardino County Sun

Thirteen people were jailed Wednesday during a probation compliance operation in Rialto, Bloomington and Fontana.

Law Enforcement conducted more than 130 searches and served 14 warrants at homes of people on probation and parole, according to a San Bernardino County Probation news release.


Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is searching for a 55-year-old man who walked away from a Stockton residence where he had been assigned in an alternative custody program.

Patrick Flynn was committed to a three-year sentence from San Joaquin County for grand theft, according to a department news release. He was accepted into the alternative custody program July 3. The voluntary program was developed to allow eligible offenders to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community rather than state prison.


Hector Gonzalez, Moorpark Acorn

New state funding will provide training in computer coding and building maintenance for incarcerated teens and young adults at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, officials announced last week.

The California Prison Industry Authority approved $12 million on June 29 to expand career and technical education programs to the state’s inmates. The funding was included in the state Prison Industry Authority’s $237-million budget for 2017-18, said Michele Kane, chief of external affairs for CalPIA.

Nicholas Quah, Vulture

There’s a story in Ear Hustle’s third episode that encapsulates much of what makes the podcast utterly fascinating. The man who tells it is a character you might find in just about any environment that packs different people into the same place over an extended period of time: high schools, offices, summer camps, the many milieus of Richard Linklater movies. But in this case, the environment in question is San Quentin, a California state prison located just north of San Francisco. The man’s name is Rauch, and he’s described as an animal lover who is often found barefoot and sketching in a part of the prison yard called Hippie Row. He speaks slowly, as if in a daydream. The story he tells is about a frog.

“Everywhere I moved in the cell, it would move somewhere to watch me,” Rauch explains. “I would move over here and get out of view, and he’d come up to look at me. I think he was letting me know that, ‘You know what? You go to sleep, and I’m gonna pee on you, dude.’ So I ended up letting him go.”


Steven Hawkins, Washington Examiner

Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to see the full potential in a situation.

When married business partners Beverly Parenti and Chris Redlitz researched America's criminal justice system, they were appalled by the statistics they discovered: An overall $48 billion budget for state and federal prisons, a recidivism rate of more than 60 percent, and a 700 percent increase in prison population over the last four decades.

Their interest in the topic had begun after a lecture Redlitz gave at San Quentin in 2012. Although the inmates' attentiveness and eagerness revealed great potential, more likely than not, this potential would have been wasted upon release, and many of the men would eventually re-offend after release for lack of opportunity to better themselves. As Redlitz puts it, "You don't have to be a professional investor to realize [our current system] is a bad investment for taxpayers."

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


The Los Angeles Times

An Alameda County probation report details facts that Kao Saelee can’t change: He was 17 and armed with a sawed-off shotgun when he and three friends opened fire on a group of teens they believed belonged to a rival Oakland gang.

The spray of bullets instead struck Tsee Yorn and San Fou Saechao, both 13. It killed 7-year-old Sausio Saephan, a second-grader at nearby Garfield Elementary School who had tagged along with his older brother and was shot in the neck.

For years, members of the State Board of Parole Hearings could — and often would — deny prisoners early release based on their past, focusing solely on their criminal offense rather than whether or not they’d pose a safety risk in the future.

Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times

For an hour, a 41-year-old felon from California raped and brutalized a woman inside her apartment at a SeaTac assisted-living facility, where he also urinated on the floor, according to King County prosecutors.

Louis Arbee II was charged Wednesday with first-degree rape and first-degree robbery. He is accused of removing a screen from the woman’s window, crawling into her first-floor unit and raping her July 20, charges say. The woman was choked and beaten during and after the rape, then ordered into the shower, according to charging papers.

East Valley Times

On July 26, 2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Officer Townsley of the Redding Police Department observed a stolen vehicle in the 3500 block of Oasis Road.  The vehicle, which was stolen sometime during the past month from the 1500 block of Dana Drive, was described as a silver 2003 Ford Focus.

Upon seeing the vehicle, Officer Townsley attempted an enforcement stop and discovered there were two occupants.  The driver, Victorio Tort Rhoades (46 years old transient), immediately stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.  The passenger, Alythea Jane Martin (29 years of Redding), was detained at the scene.


Hayley Fox, LA Weekly

It’s about 11 a.m. one recent sweltering Monday morning when pint-sized Sakina Jami takes a high-powered weed whacker to some dry brush surrounding a house in the Malibu hills. Jami moves with precision as she mows down the brown foliage deemed a fire hazard.

Scattered around her, amid a cacophony of whirring machinery and shouts of instruction, 11 other women move through the underbrush like firefighters — although their orange pants and long-sleeve shirts clearly read “CDCR Prisoner.”

These inmates make up just one of the fire crews of Malibu Conservation Camp #13, an outpost of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), where female prisoners serve their time assisting in rescue operations, performing community service projects and fighting wildfires.


Samuel Smith, Christian Post

Inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California have successfully redesigned a leading criminal justice reform group's website with little to no internet access with the help a prison reentry entrepreneurship program that successfully trains prisoners for software coding jobs upon their release.

The criminal justice reform group the Coalition for Public Safety — a bipartisan coalition comprised of conservative and liberal organizations — launched its newly redesigned website on Wednesday that was produced with the help of San Quentin inmates participating in The Last Mile Works web development program.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Experiment integrates historically hostile inmates
Joe Little, ABC 10 News

OTAY MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is watching RJ Donovan Correctional in Otay Mesa to see if a program with its prisoner population will better prepare inmates for a day they are ever released.

“It’s an experiment,” said Mark Hill, who has been behind bars for 19 years.

Warden Daniel Paramo said the state prison is experimenting putting “general population” inmates in the same yard as inmates with “sensitive needs,” which could be their gang affiliation or the crime they committed.


The Madera Tribune

A man convicted of setting fires in the Yosemite Lakes Parks area in the summer of 2013 will face a parole review by the state Board of Parole next month, according to authorities.

Kenneth Allen Jackson is serving a sentence of 30 years in prison. His wife, Alice Waterman, was sentenced to 10 years.

“This case has been under review by the California Fifth Appellate District of California, for alleged constitutional violations committed by the prior prosecution team in 2013 and early 2014,” said legal secretary Susan Murray of the Madera County District Attorney’s Office.

KCRA Sacramento

RICHMOND, Calif. (Bay City News) — A wanted man who was arrested in Richmond defecated, ate his feces and spat it at officers in a police car while being driven to a county jail, prompting officers to shut down Interstate 80, police said.

Officers received a call about 6:30 p.m. on July 17 of a possibly wanted person in the North Richmond area.

Richmond police arrived and detained the suspect, who gave a false name. However, when he learned there was an arrest warrant for that person, the suspect gave officers his real name, police said.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Marcella Lee, CBS 8 San Diego

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) -  Twenty people are facing charges after a three year investigation targeted members of a Mexican mafia prison gang.

The power of the operation reached far beyond prison walls, and into San Diego communities. The accusations include conspiracy to commit torture, extortion and possession of drugs for sale.

The Mexican Mafia gang, also known as Eme or La Eme, operates inside and outside of prisons, ordering murders, assaults, extortion and drug trafficking, according to authorities. 



SEATAC, Wash. -- Court documents say fingerprints left on a window screen of an assisted-living center helped lead to the arrest of a suspect, who has been jailed for beating and raping an elderly resident there.

The man who was arrested, identified as Charles Arbee, 41, has served a long prison sentence in California. And he was arrested in July for a drug offense and had been out of jail about a week and a half before the sexual assault occurred, a prosecutor says.


Gina Clugston, Sierra News Online

MADERA COUNTY  – With the man convicted of 21 counts of arson in the Yosemite Lakes Park area about to go before the Board of Parole Hearings, Madera County District Attorney, David A. Linn, says there “appears to be significant confusion” as to any pending release.

Kenneth Alan Jackson was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted for a string of fires in the YLP area.

D.A. Linn says he would like to clarify the current situation as to whether or not Jackson will be freed.


Leigh Egan, Crime Online

Laci Peterson vanished on Christmas Eve, 2002, and although it’s been almost 15 years since the Modesto mom-to-be disappeared, the hurt and pain still lingers for her family and friends. Interrogation tapes released earlier this year show her husband, the infamous convict Scott Peterson, casually mentioning what Laci did before she went missing, which further infuriated Laci’s loved ones.

“Laci got up, and um, I assume she had some cereal for breakfast,” Scott Peterson said, in an interrogation tape released by Dateline NBC this year.

Peterson, who appeared relaxed and content, explained that he wanted to go fishing or golfing on the morning Laci disappeared, but he didn’t seem to show any concern for his wife’s whereabouts.


The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of a state ballot measure that allowed some three-strike inmates to get shorter prison terms.

In a unanimous ruling on Monday, the court said judges could consider facts in charges that were previously dismissed against the inmates to deny them a reduced sentence.

Jennifer Shaw, East Bay Times

Claudio Toral just needed someone to give him a chance.

Three years ago, the former New Yorker came to California with a felony criminal record, and lacked marketable skills.

“I was ostracized, pretty much stigmatized,” says the Concord resident of the “four years, three months and a couple of weeks” he spent in prison for firing a gun outdoors.