Thursday, July 27, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


The Los Angeles Times

An Alameda County probation report details facts that Kao Saelee can’t change: He was 17 and armed with a sawed-off shotgun when he and three friends opened fire on a group of teens they believed belonged to a rival Oakland gang.

The spray of bullets instead struck Tsee Yorn and San Fou Saechao, both 13. It killed 7-year-old Sausio Saephan, a second-grader at nearby Garfield Elementary School who had tagged along with his older brother and was shot in the neck.

For years, members of the State Board of Parole Hearings could — and often would — deny prisoners early release based on their past, focusing solely on their criminal offense rather than whether or not they’d pose a safety risk in the future.

Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times

For an hour, a 41-year-old felon from California raped and brutalized a woman inside her apartment at a SeaTac assisted-living facility, where he also urinated on the floor, according to King County prosecutors.

Louis Arbee II was charged Wednesday with first-degree rape and first-degree robbery. He is accused of removing a screen from the woman’s window, crawling into her first-floor unit and raping her July 20, charges say. The woman was choked and beaten during and after the rape, then ordered into the shower, according to charging papers.

East Valley Times

On July 26, 2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Officer Townsley of the Redding Police Department observed a stolen vehicle in the 3500 block of Oasis Road.  The vehicle, which was stolen sometime during the past month from the 1500 block of Dana Drive, was described as a silver 2003 Ford Focus.

Upon seeing the vehicle, Officer Townsley attempted an enforcement stop and discovered there were two occupants.  The driver, Victorio Tort Rhoades (46 years old transient), immediately stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.  The passenger, Alythea Jane Martin (29 years of Redding), was detained at the scene.


Hayley Fox, LA Weekly

It’s about 11 a.m. one recent sweltering Monday morning when pint-sized Sakina Jami takes a high-powered weed whacker to some dry brush surrounding a house in the Malibu hills. Jami moves with precision as she mows down the brown foliage deemed a fire hazard.

Scattered around her, amid a cacophony of whirring machinery and shouts of instruction, 11 other women move through the underbrush like firefighters — although their orange pants and long-sleeve shirts clearly read “CDCR Prisoner.”

These inmates make up just one of the fire crews of Malibu Conservation Camp #13, an outpost of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), where female prisoners serve their time assisting in rescue operations, performing community service projects and fighting wildfires.


Samuel Smith, Christian Post

Inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California have successfully redesigned a leading criminal justice reform group's website with little to no internet access with the help a prison reentry entrepreneurship program that successfully trains prisoners for software coding jobs upon their release.

The criminal justice reform group the Coalition for Public Safety — a bipartisan coalition comprised of conservative and liberal organizations — launched its newly redesigned website on Wednesday that was produced with the help of San Quentin inmates participating in The Last Mile Works web development program.