Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Marcella Lee, CBS 8 San Diego

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) -  Twenty people are facing charges after a three year investigation targeted members of a Mexican mafia prison gang.

The power of the operation reached far beyond prison walls, and into San Diego communities. The accusations include conspiracy to commit torture, extortion and possession of drugs for sale.

The Mexican Mafia gang, also known as Eme or La Eme, operates inside and outside of prisons, ordering murders, assaults, extortion and drug trafficking, according to authorities. 

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

KOMO News

SEATAC, Wash. -- Court documents say fingerprints left on a window screen of an assisted-living center helped lead to the arrest of a suspect, who has been jailed for beating and raping an elderly resident there.

The man who was arrested, identified as Charles Arbee, 41, has served a long prison sentence in California. And he was arrested in July for a drug offense and had been out of jail about a week and a half before the sexual assault occurred, a prosecutor says.

PROPOSITION 57

Gina Clugston, Sierra News Online

MADERA COUNTY  – With the man convicted of 21 counts of arson in the Yosemite Lakes Park area about to go before the Board of Parole Hearings, Madera County District Attorney, David A. Linn, says there “appears to be significant confusion” as to any pending release.

Kenneth Alan Jackson was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted for a string of fires in the YLP area.

D.A. Linn says he would like to clarify the current situation as to whether or not Jackson will be freed.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Leigh Egan, Crime Online

Laci Peterson vanished on Christmas Eve, 2002, and although it’s been almost 15 years since the Modesto mom-to-be disappeared, the hurt and pain still lingers for her family and friends. Interrogation tapes released earlier this year show her husband, the infamous convict Scott Peterson, casually mentioning what Laci did before she went missing, which further infuriated Laci’s loved ones.

“Laci got up, and um, I assume she had some cereal for breakfast,” Scott Peterson said, in an interrogation tape released by Dateline NBC this year.

Peterson, who appeared relaxed and content, explained that he wanted to go fishing or golfing on the morning Laci disappeared, but he didn’t seem to show any concern for his wife’s whereabouts.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of a state ballot measure that allowed some three-strike inmates to get shorter prison terms.

In a unanimous ruling on Monday, the court said judges could consider facts in charges that were previously dismissed against the inmates to deny them a reduced sentence.

Jennifer Shaw, East Bay Times

Claudio Toral just needed someone to give him a chance.

Three years ago, the former New Yorker came to California with a felony criminal record, and lacked marketable skills.

“I was ostracized, pretty much stigmatized,” says the Concord resident of the “four years, three months and a couple of weeks” he spent in prison for firing a gun outdoors.