Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Bill Sessa, CDCR News

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that an inmate firefighter has died as the result of injuries sustained while working on a fire line in San Diego County.

The inmate firefighter, Frank Anaya, 22, was fighting a grass fire near the town of Lakeside on July 5, when his leg and femoral artery were severely cut. Firefighters at the scene immediately gave Anaya advanced life support care and CPR until he was transported to a hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries.

Krissi Khokhobashvili, CDCR News

SACRAMENTO – The California Arts Council (CAC) has awarded new contracts to 12 arts organizations providing rehabilitative services to California inmates through Arts in Corrections (AIC). Through a partnership of CAC and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), arts programming now reaches all 35 state adult correctional institutions – a significant increase from the 20 institutions served by the program in the previous fiscal year.

Administered by CAC, the program enhances rehabilitative goals, improves the safety and environment of state prisons and combats recidivism. Services provided span the full spectrum of art disciplines, with organizations offering instruction in theater, guitar, dance, creative writing and Native American beadwork, among many others.


The Reporter

Curious about what’s going on at Vacaville’s two prisons or have concerns to voice?

Drop in on the Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, slated for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive.


Prisoners Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams teamed up with artist Nigel Poor to make a series about life behind bars
Tana Ganeva, Rolling Stone

For a guy about to serve 25-to-life, Ron Self came to San Quentin with an admirably relaxed attitude about his situation. "Having spent all my adult life in the marine corps, special forces, been in combat, raised in military schools, I thought, you know, OK, prison … how bad can that be?"

Then he met his cellmate, a guy named Duck who was hell-bent on murdering him. "He would yell, he would scream, he'd threaten to kill me. I would sleep with my back to the wall and one eye open … if you would call what I did sleeping."

Alexa Renee, ABC News 10

Fire season in California requires help from many different hands, including the state's prison inmates.

The "Wall Fire" in Butte County has destroyed at least 17 structures and is threatening 5,800. Four people have been reported injured as a result of the blaze and approximately 4,000 people have been evacuated since the wildfire ignited on Friday.

There are 316 inmates from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) amongst fire crews currently fighting the flames near the Oroville area, according to CDCR spokesperon, Bill Sessa.

Giuseppe Ricapito, The Union Democrat

Terry Paul Keever, a former Tuolumne resident sentenced to 10 years in prison for planting a fake bomb outside the historic Tuolumne County Superior Courthouse in 2012, has been denied early release, according to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.

Keever, 60, became eligible this year through the California Department of Corrections Non-Violent Second Striker program, which offers early release for inmates one year before the completion of 50 percent of their sentence if they were convicted of non-statutorily violent crime, a Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office news release said.


Harry Harris, Bay Area News Group

OAKLAND — A 30-year-old man on parole was arrested Sunday night by the California Highway Patrol after a vehicle chase through some East Bay cities, authorities said Monday.

The man’s name was not released.

Authorities said the parolee was driving alone when police stopped him about 10:46 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Chestnut Street in West Oakland.


Sandy Wells, KABC News

L.A.s top cop says he’s got a handle on rising rates of violent crime, but not everyone sees it that way.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck admitted last week that violent crime is up, but also said it’s starting to level off. Police Protective league President Lieutenant Craig Lally says the big picture isn’t so rosy.