Friday, August 4, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Chelcey Adami, The Californian

For 11 years, Kamorrie Randle has only known his son Jackson through phone calls and visits to Salinas Valley State Prison, where Kamorrie is serving time.

In 2005, Kamorrie was 18 years old when he was sentenced to 125 years-to-life for murder. His son’s mother was four months pregnant with Jackson at the time.

Yet last week, the pair made up for lost time. They created art and played sports and games — all at the level 4 prison.

Chelcey Adami, The Californian

Authorities continue to search for an inmate who walked away from the minimum-security facility at Salinas Valley State Prison on Wednesday night.

Around 7:10 p.m., inmate Donald Likens, 28, of Yuba County, was spending recreational time in a minimum-security yard when staff noticed he seemed nervous, said Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos of Salinas Valley State Prison.

Shortly after, Likens was reported missing, and it's believed that he may have climbed over the six-foot tall fence surrounding the yard.

Brian Melley, The Associated Press

Three aspiring Olympic female taekwondo athletes who were sexually abused by their coach for years have been awarded $60 million in a lawsuit against the imprisoned martial arts master.

The judgment against Marc Gitelman was awarded last week by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge after the former coach failed to respond adequately to the lawsuit and was found in default.

The multimillion-dollar award comes amid sex abuse scandals at the highest levels of amateur competition for girls and women, including allegations that a USA Gymnastics doctor molested scores of girls.

Jason Kotowski,  

A convicted murderer who represented himself at trial this year on multiple charges involving assaults against Kern County prison staff has been sentenced to 150 years to life in prison.

A jury last month found 36-year-old Lawrence Christopher Smith guilty of battery upon and resisting officers, among other charges. He was sentenced Wednesday for the assaults at Tehachapi's California Correctional Institution.


Jamilah King, The Los Angeles Sentinel

Sen. Harris visits a lab at the Chowchilla prison where women can get certified to make dental prostheses. (Kristina Khokhobashvili, photo)

The freshman senator is determined not to let criminal justice reform die on the vine.

Democratic up-and-comer, Kamala Harris visited just about every corner of California during her successful 2016 campaign to take over Barbara Boxer’s seat in the US Senate, and she’s kept it up somewhat since taking office. But on a recent, sweltering July afternoon, I accompanied Harris to a place where no senator has set foot for at least a decade.


Jim Miller, The Sacramento Bee

Some elderly prison inmates would become eligible for parole sooner under a proposed November 2018 ballot measure cleared to begin gathering signatures Thursday.

The measure, sponsored by Pasadena attorney Charles W. Funaro II, would create the Elderly Parole Program. California prison inmates who are 80 or older, have served at least 10 years behind bars, have not been sentenced to death or life without possibility of parole, and who are not covered by parole prohibitions imposed by other ballot measures, would be eligible for parole.