Thursday, August 3, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Camp offers family time for prisoners
Samantha Bengtson, Soledad Bee

SOLEDAD — Fathers, daughters and sons came together for a week-long camp at Salinas Valley State Prison this week, making murals, family crests and coming up with skits to present to each other on July 28.

Camp Grace took place over the course of a week, July 24 to 28, when incarcerated fathers and their children got to interact.

According to Place4Grace Program Director Sutina Green, similar camps have occurred at Calipatria State Prison and High Desert State Prison. This marks the first Camp Grace at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.


Gonzales Tribune

SOLEDAD — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a state prison inmate who walked away from the minimum-support facility at Salinas Valley State Prison on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Minimum-security inmate Donald Likens, 28, was reported missing at about 7:10 p.m. Notification was immediately made to local law enforcement agencies.

Within minutes, agents from CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Likens. The prison’s Investigative Services Unit, Crisis Response Team, local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol have been notified to assist in the search.

The Associated Press

TRACY, Calif.- Authorities say they are investigating the death of an inmate at a state prison in central California as a homicide.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Wednesday that staff at Deuel Vocational Institution found a 34-year-old inmate lying unresponsive in a pool of blood inside the shower.

CBS SF Bay Area

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Firefighters were battling a stubborn grass fire near the Berkeley-Oakland border Wednesday night.

Fire officials said around 10 p.m. that they have stopped the forward momentum of what they are calling the Grizzly Fire.

Alameda County Fire says the fire scorched roughly 20 acres and approximately 20 percent contained.


Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

The fate of Max Wade, the former teenage criminal who tried to kill a rival in Mill Valley, could be headed for the California Supreme Court.

The state Attorney General’s Office is asking the justices to review a lower court decision that could lead to a shorter prison sentence for Wade.

The question is whether Wade, who was a minor when the crimes occurred in 2013, should be granted relief under Proposition 57. The law, approved by voters in November, requires that judges, rather than prosecutors, decide whether juveniles should be prosecuted as adults.


Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

Juveniles who are convicted of a sex crime in California and are sentenced to state custody can be required to register with police as sex offenders for life, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty and mandatory life sentencing laws cannot be applied to juveniles because of their lesser mental and emotional development. But the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento said the same rationale does not apply to state sex offender registration laws, which are meant to protect the public rather than to punish the offender.