Friday, June 16, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Nashelly Chavez, The Sacramento Bee

A clerical error allowed an inmate serving a 35-year sentence to go free for a day in Sacramento before he was captured Wednesday night, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

The inmate, Alamar Cyril Houston, 40, is serving time for using a stolen vehicle to ram cyclists along South River Road near West Sacramento in 2015.

The mistaken release stemmed from Houston’s transfer to the Sacramento County Main Jail from Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy. A month ago, he was sent to Sacramento in preparation for a court proceeding that occurred Tuesday in a separate case of receiving stolen property and vehicle theft, said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull.

Hanna Kozlowska, QUARTZ

The revival of true crime as a cultural genre owes a great deal to podcasts, which deliver tantalizing accounts of controversial and horrific crimes straight to your ear, ready to be consumed during your commute or gym session. Some of them, such as Serial or In the Dark, are feats of investigative reporting, shining a light on big issues in the criminal justice system. Others, like My Favorite Murder, center more around the gruesome details of small town cases of violence and murder, and how those details make the hosts feel. The focus of both types of storytelling is usually on the act itself, or the system’s bungling of its aftermath.

A new podcast shows an entirely different aspect of crime: the details of life after conviction, within prison walls. While no crimes will be solved in its episodes, the novel perspective Ear Hustle offers could be enlightening and fascinating to many a true-crime fan. The show discusses the day-to-day realities that inmates in the US—some two million of them—have to cope with: celebrating special occasions, having pets in prison, or spending time in solitary confinement. And there’s no soothing, all-knowing voice of an Ira Glass-type to walk the listener through these things. Instead, you spend the 20-30 minutes of each episode with the incarcerated men themselves.


Louis A. Scott, KALW

Throughout the prison system men are dying from incurable diseases. Sometimes these inmates are granted freedom through a program called Compassionate Release.

Through Compassionate Release, the state can parole very ill prisoners before the end of their sentence. This is a story about one man’s fight to return home from San Quentin while battling terminal cancer.