Friday, July 7, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Nearly 50-acre Camarillo brush fire 100% contained  Christian Martinez, Ventura County Star

A Camarillo brush fire was fully contained Wednesday afternoon after crews spent most of the day mopping up the burned area and checking for hot spots, Ventura County fire officials said. 
The fire started Tuesday and burned about 47 acres. It was reported 100 percent contained about 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. 
Fire crews, including inmate hand crews, roamed the blackened hillside Wednesday, paying close attention to hot spots and completing a line around the fire area.
Wildfire burning near Winters
Lauren Keene, Davis Enterprise

Fire crews endured high temperatures and gusty winds Thursday fighting Yolo County’s first major wildfire of the season, but gained some control of the blaze during the night as those conditions improved.

Dubbed the Winter Fire, the incident at Highway 128 and Pleasant View Road roughly three miles southwest of Winters stood at 1,670 acres and was 18 percent contained as of 6:40 a.m. today, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

City News Service

SAN DIEGO — A former corrections officer at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Thursday to drug and bribery charges, admitting he and others smuggled methamphetamine, heroin and cell phones into the prison for two years in exchange for about $45,000.

According to his plea agreement, 39-year-old Anibal Navarro admitted he was paid by prisoners, their family members and associates to smuggle drugs and cell phones into the prison up to four times a month from 2014 to 2016.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


CONVICTED MURDERER BLANUSA MAY LAND IN HUGHSON SOON


Felon found suitable for paroleJeff Benziger, The Ceres Courier

Will a convicted murderer be moving to Hughson?
Unless Gov. Jerry Brown reverses a decision of the State Board of Parole to release 64-year-old Rudy Milan Blanusa, 64, that is the case, said Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Randy Fischer.
Blanusa could be released within 150 days to live with his mother living in Hughson.
CORRECTIONS RELATED

California Is Thinking About Giving “Reasonable” Internet Access to Youth in Juvenile Detention

Angelica Cabral, Slate

California’s state legislature is considering a bill that would give youth in juvenile detention facilities reasonable access to computers and the internet for educational purposes and to keep in contact with outside support systems. The bill passed the Human Services Committee in the California Senate on June 27. The next step is for the bill to be heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee on July 11.
Many juvenile detention facilities in California already have wireless internet connections, and some allow their inmates to Skype approved contacts, according to Jay Jefferson, the legislative director for the bill’s sponsor, Mike Gipson. But most juvenile inmates have very limited access to the internet, only using it if they need to take tests school or psychological tests online, according to Ike Dodson, a public information officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation…


Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

Pelican Bay State Prison dental assistant Tonya Eld told her boss that she was overpaid a decade ago – when George W. Bush was still president. She pointed to language in her union contract, and reported that her managers had placed her in the wrong range.

This spring, the state finally sorted it out.

Trouble is, Eld is on the hook for more than $20,000 in back wages that she says she can’t afford.