Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Robert J. Benz, Huffington Post

I’m learning more about the work people are doing to mitigate some of the negative effects of our criminal justice and social systems. Meet Sabra Williams of The Actors’ Gang and Michael Bierman, the Co-Founder of The Strindberg Laboratory.

Robert: First, will you each tell me what your organization does?

Sabra: The Actors’ Gang is a Los Angeles-based theatre company founded in 1981 by Oscar-winning Actor/Director, Tim Robbins. It is one of the most respected and revered theatre companies in the country with one of the foremost Arts in Corrections programs.

See Below, TPG

David Empey, member of Toastmasters in Santa Cruz and Aptos, has had another interesting adventure at Soledad State Prison. A computer programmer by day and, like so many creative Santa Cruzans, a published writer by night, Dave has been a Toastmasters member for 20 years. He has been an Area Director, local Division Director and a Monterey Bay Division Director. Once a month, he participates in the Advanced Club in Monterey.

Toastmasters facilitates confidence in public speaking by teaching members how to break the ice, how to organize a speech, how to use gestures, as well as the use of visual aids. Dave has attained the Competent Communicator designation and is working on becoming an Advanced Communicator, which will qualify him for TV appearances and entertaining. “It’s like Boy Scouts for grown-ups,” said Dave.


Carina Woudenberg, Half Moon Bay Review

Abraham Ramirez Arroyo, a 21-year-old Hayward resident charged in the 2015 murder of Half Moon Bay resident Felix Garduno-Vega, has been sentenced to 53 years to life in a California Department of Corrections facility. It’s the maximum sentence available under state law.

In the evening of Aug. 29, 2015, Arroyo attended a house party in Half Moon Bay with Armando Carranza, a 37-year-old Hayward resident.

Kelly Puente, Orange County Register

A woman sentenced to six years in prison for hitting and killing another driver while speeding and text-messaging on the I-405 freeway in Westminster has been released on probation after her case was overturned.

A jury in August 2015 convicted Jorene Nicolas, 34, of San Diego of manslaughter for the death of 23-year-old Deanna Mauer, a former Fountain Valley High School softball star whose vehicle was rear-ended in traffic.