Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips



NOTE: CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety was a partner in Operation Scrapbook.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers descended on a Central California county Wednesday and arrested 49 suspected gang members and seized 120 firearms, including assault rifles and automatic weapons, California's top prosecutor said.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said 500 local, state and federal officers swooped into dozens of Merced County neighborhoods in pre-dawn raids targeting Sureno gang members.

Law enforcers called their operation "Operation Scrapbook."


Ryah Cooley, San Luis Obispo New Times

It started with a single rose for his mom.

Tony Chisom had never been one to draw, but he found himself with a lot of free time on his hands. So inspired by a friend, he drew that first flower in 1988.

“I apologize for kidnapping and transforming you into this very selfish and ungrateful young man,” Chisom wrote in a letter to himself. “I destroyed your whole life. Mother understood. She tried her best to defeat me from you, but I was too powerful.”

Those words, part of a longer piece titled I Apologize [Letter to Myself], hang at Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library next to Chisom’s pencil drawing The Man in the Mirror—a young man in a white tank top with a crucifix necklace contemplating his reflection. Chisom’s art, along with the work of other incarcerated artists from the California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo, is part of the Between the Bars exhibit currently on display.

David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune

Authorities are searching for a 27-year-old prison inmate who walked away from a re-entry program facility in Barrio Logan Thursday.

Israel Hernandez is a second-strike offender convicted of vehicle theft. He was completing a prison sentence of two years eight months at the Male Community Re-Entry Program facility, state prison officials said.

He was moved from a prison to the facility on Boston Avenue near 27th Street in March and was scheduled to be released on probation a year later.


Matt Fountain, San Luis Obispo Tribune

State parole officials on Wednesday denied release of a San Luis Obispo man who stabbed his girlfriend to death because he believed she aborted his unborn child.

Linza Earl Russell, 57, will not be eligible for another parole hearing until 2022, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

Russell was convicted of first-degree murder in September 1989 for the death of 21-year-old Kellie Ann Daniels.


Elizabeth Lo, New York Times

Mother’s Day is a celebration of motherhood and the influence that mothers have on society. But for too many American children — including those I filmed for this project — the holiday serves as a bitter reminder that their mothers are locked behind bars.

This film follows an annual overnight bus program that takes some of those children to visit their parents in California prisons during the weekends around Mother’s Day (they coordinate similar trips for Father’s Day). Journeys can be as long as ten hours one-way — at the end of which children get to spend a few precious hours with their mothers.

Jonathan Chiu, for Vice and the Marshall Project

I was in the prison yard fighting off an attack. Asthma slowed my breathing, while pain had my knees and kidneys failing. Barely conscious, and losing track of where I was, I told myself: Just keep going. 

But this wasn't a "prison fight" or a riot—it was the 1,000 Mile Club marathon, a 26.2-mile battle waged by prison runners.

Before the race, on November 16, 2016, I walked down the stairs to the lower yard, and it looked like any other Friday: men walking to their jobs, others out for their morning workout ritual or a walk. My fellow athletes and I gathered by the big green baseball scoreboard that would double as the starting point for the run. Our coaches, dressed in black, awaited us. There were no banners or spectators, only a large digital clock and a bunch of people getting ready to be in pain for the next four to five hours.