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Monday, July 6, 2015

Arizona taxpayers should 'riot' over private prisons

azcentral.comNow that the riot has been quelled at the Arizona State Prison-Kingman it's time for taxpayers to stage an uprising of our own – against private prisons.

The facility in Kingman is run by Utah-based Management & Training Corp.

In 2010 three inmates escaped from that same prison. Two of them were later tied to the murder of a New Mexico couple.

Earlier this year, the family of a 23-year-old inmate who was horribly assaulted and killed inside the prison announced it is seeking $7.5 million from the state and Management & Training Corp.

Now we've had days of rioting, which has left several people injured, including prison employees. It has rendered numerous buildings within the complex "uninhabitable."

It has caused the state to relocate over 1,000 inmates to other jails and prisons, and it has drained money and resources from other agencies by requiring reinforcements from various police departments, the Department of Public Safety, officers at Arizona's public prisons and nearly 100 members of a special tactical support unit.

For too long Arizona taxpayers have been held prisoner by the state's policy of allowing private prisons. continue reading...

Prison's medical care deemed OK despite pressure to close it

APMedical care at a prison east of Los Angeles has been deemed adequate despite claims that the facility is unsafe and should be closed.

The state inspector general on Friday gave the California Rehabilitation Center at Norco a passing grade on health care, allowing federal officials to consider returning control to the state.

An inspection determined that the prison clinics lack sanitation but overall the lockup provides acceptable medical care.

Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley, who heads the Senate Public Safety Committee, has called on Gov. Jerry Brown to close the prison. She says it's so dilapidated that it threatens the health and safety of nearly 2,400 inmates as well as employees.

Brown says no decision will be made until next year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Proposed Ballot Measure Would Cut Public Pensions In California

CBS13A proposed ballot measure unveiled Thursday would reduce pension payments for state and local government employees in the nation’s most populous state.

Former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will try to tap the same sense of unease that led voters in those cities to approve pension-cutting plans for city workers in 2012 and apply it on a much bigger scale. Supporters say pension liabilities will keep libraries closed, potholes unfilled and deprive taxpayers of basic public services.

The measure would extend to state, county, and city employees in California, as well as public schools, public universities and other local boards and agencies. It will face spirited opposition from organized labor.

The proposal would require voter approval for any defined benefit for new hires and pension increases for existing workers. It also says voters would have to allow the government to cut pensions or contribute more than half of an employee’s retirement costs.

“We’re not making the decision on what type of plan will be implemented,” DeMaio said. “We’re simply saying, going forward, voters will have a seat at the table.”

Attorney General Kamala Harris must craft a title and short summary before backers can begin collecting 585,407 voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The number of signatures – based on turnout in the last statewide election in 2014 – is a relatively low threshold and is expected to produce a crowded ballot topped by the U.S. presidential race. continue reading...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

‘Rookie’ Correctional Officer helps save crash victim

Inside CDCRJust six months out of the academy, a Correctional Officer was the first to come upon the scene of an accident on April 29, finding the driver of a big rig badly injured and pinned inside.

Her First Watch shift over, Correctional Officer Serena Marquez was driving home from Deuel Vocational Institution on Highway 120 near Manteca when she spotted a big rig truck on its side.

Seeing the driver was still in the cab of the truck, she pulled over to render assistance.

The truck driver was bleeding from a head wound and his arm was pinned by the weight of the truck.

Officer Marquez tried to call 911 several times but the line was busy. With no help on the way, her training kicked in.

Grabbing a towel and a pair of latex gloves, she applied pressure to his wound to try to stop the bleeding.

“I kept one hand on his wound and used my free hand to hold his hand to try and keep him calm,” she said. “He appeared to be in shock as he kept asking me what happened and he appeared very confused about his whereabouts.”

Officer Marquez said the injured man was in a lot of pain.

“I tried to reassure him he was going to be fine and medical help was on the way,” she said. “I kept asking the truck driver questions about his family to keep him from panicking and going into shock. I told him that if he was having pain, he could squeeze my hand.”

Tracy Police Department arrived and called the fire department, a tow truck and an ambulance.

“Once the fire department arrived on scene, I stepped away so they could perform their duties,” Officer Marquez said. “The police officer took down my name, thanked me and told me to be safe.”

Who is Officer Serena Marquez?

Graduated from the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in October 2014.
The Marquez family has a proud tradition of serving CDCR. Her father is a Correctional Lieutenant at DVI and her mother is a Correctional Counselor III at Valley State Prison. Her grandfather was the Warden at DVI.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Riverside County's Top Cops talk unintended consequences of AB 109 & Prop. 47

KESQRiverside County law enforcement leaders say the state's AB 109 prison realignment plan and Proposition 47 have resulted in a lot of unintended consequences.

The efforts give shorter jail terms and reduced penalties to criminals who commit some non-violent drug and property crimes.

News Channel 3 hosted the top heads of law enforcement from every community in the Coachella Valley along with the Riverside County Sheriff, the District Attorney and the countys' head of probation.

District Attorney Mike Hestrin said, "I can tell you from my perspective, in Riverside County it's a disaster."

Hestrin wasn't alone in sounding an alarm about the local impacts of AB 109 and Prop 47.

Sheriff Stan Sniff says both laws may work well elsewhere, but not in Riverside County where they are allowing criminals to get away with their crimes repeatedly.

Sniff said, "What we find is the jail system today in Riverside County keeps the worst of the worst in custody, and the best of the worst end up getting released." continue reading...

Riot at Vacaville prison injures three inmates, one officer

The ReporterMore than fifty inmates at California State Prison, Solano, were involved in a riot Monday morning, sending three inmates and one correctional officer to a hospital outside prison grounds.

Just before 7:10 a.m., inmates began fighting on one of the institution’s Level III medium-security yards, according to the prison’s public information officer Lt. Marlaina Dernoncourt. In all, she said, 58 inmates were involved in the fight.

Correctional officers used pepper spray and less-than-lethal force options to stop the fights, Dernoncourt said. Staff from California Medical Facility (CMF), located next door, also responded.

Three inmates were injured during the fights. They were taken to a hospital outside the prison for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

One officer was treated and released from an outside hospital for an injury he sustained after being knocked down by inmates while responding to the incident.

One weapon made by an inmate was recovered by prison staff.

To facilitate the investigation, inmate movement and programming were being limited throughout the day on Monday.

The prison was going to be partially locked down prior to the riot, as inmates were undergoing annual testing for tuberculosis, Dernoncourt said. continue reading...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Correctioanl officer shot at North Kern State Prison

KERO 23DELANO, Calif. - Kern County Sheriff's Deputies say there was a shooting at North Kern State Prison. Just after 7 p.m. deputies said someone got near the prison gates, and starting shooting.

Officials at the prison said that anywhere between 15 to 20 rounds were fired and that one correctional officer was wounded.

Officials said that the bullets were flying over the responding officers' heads and that the injuries to the correctional officer don't appear to be life-threatening.

The prison is located about 36 miles north of Bakersfield in Delano.

The name of the correctional officer who was shot has not yet been released publicly.

Deputies locked down the area, had armed personnel surrounding the prison and shell casings were found around a vehicle near the prison.

Officials said that they believe someone from outside shot into the prison injuring the correctional officer.

From Highway 43 going east on West Cecil Way to Casey Avenue and all streets surrounding the prison were blocked off.

A count was conducted and all inmates were accounted for.

As of 11 p.m., officials were still searching for the shooter.

Friday, April 3, 2015

In Memory of Officer Gilbert Cortez & K-9 Mattie

This fundraiser is to support a trust fund for the children of Officer Cortez.
Shirts start at $16.50, Orders placed by 4/30/15 will ship by 5/15/15

Friday, March 27, 2015


ABC 30The Fresno Police Department's second in command has been arrested in a federal drug conspiracy investigation. Deputy Chief Keith Foster, 51, is accused of distributing and possessing drugs.

Deputy Chief Keith Foster is accused of distributing and possessing oxycodone, marijuana, and heroin. He was arrested on Thursday after a year long investigation by the FBI and ATF.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer met with his staff to address any questions they have after the announcement -- and also to reassure them that no one, including officers, is above the law.

Deputy Chief Foster is one of three deputy chiefs in the department. Chief Jerry Dyer says Foster's job is to oversee patrol -- and each of the four policing districts in the city. Foster became a deputy chief eight years ago.

At the news conference Thursday afternoon, Chief Dyer said he was just made aware of this case -- after Foster was arrested on Thursday. Federal investigators are not revealing details of the investigation, other than to say they have surveillance, which includes Deputy Chief Foster. Investigators were authorized to use wire taps on telephones.

"This is a very sad day for the Fresno Police Department, the citizens of Fresno, and the law enforcement profession," said Dyer. continue reading...

California loosens Jessica's Law rules on where sex offenders can live

LA TimesCalifornia officials announced Thursday that the state would stop enforcing a key provision of a voter-approved law that prohibits all registered sex offenders from living near schools.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it would no longer impose the blanket restrictions outlined in Jessica's Law that forbids all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, regardless of whether their crimes involved children.

High-risk sex offenders and those whose crimes involved children under 14 will still be prohibited from living within a half-mile of a school, the CDCR emphasized. Otherwise, officials will assess each parolee based on factors relating to their individual cases, the agency said.

The shift comes nine years after California voters approved the controversial law, which has made it difficult for some sex offenders to find places to live.

The California Supreme Court on March 2 unanimously ruled that Jessica's Law violated the constitutional rights of parolees living in San Diego County who had argued that the limitations made it impossible for them to obtain housing. As a result, advocates said, some parolees were living in places like riverbeds and alleys.

"While the court's ruling is specific to San Diego County, its rationale is not," CDCR spokesman Luis Patino said Thursday. "After reviewing the court's analysis, the state attorney general's office advised CDCR that applying the blanket mandatory residency restrictions of Jessica's Law would be found to be unconstitutional in every county." continue reading...

Around Town: Burglaries may be linked to Prop. 47

La Canada Valley SunThere's been another rash of burglaries in La Cañada, but first, a disclaimer: Around Town is a lifestyle column. Nothing in this column constitutes legal advice.

That said, a few of us were standing outside the Equinox spin studio in Pasadena. A lady from San Marino said that her town had been hit with a rash of home burglaries. A gentleman from La Cañada mentioned the break-ins in La Cañada.

The first question on everyone's lips is, “Why?”

The second is, “How do we prevent it?”

One theory is that the rising crime rate is the direct result of Proposition 47, passed last November, which mandated the resentencing and release of thousands of inmates from our state prisons.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote an op-ed opposing Proposition 47. “Simply put, the reduction in sentences proposed by Proposition 47 would ultimately lead to the release of thousands of dangerous criminals, and a wholesale reclassification of many dangerous felonies as misdemeanors would put the people of California at continued risk going forward,” said Feinstein.

Under Proposition 47, many drug offenses, formerly felonies, have been reclassified as misdemeanors and under AB 109, certain state prisoners were released to the county jails. continue reading...

D.A.'s Office to oppose another parole request for man who killed high school girl on prom night in 1991

OC RegisterThe Orange County District Attorney’s Office in a hearing Friday is expected to oppose parole for a man who shot and killed a high school girl in Anaheim on prom night two decades ago.

Paul Crowder, 42, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 1991 for the death of 17-year-old Berlyn Cosman, a straight-A student who was shot as she slept in an Anaheim hotel room after a post-prom party.

Crowder has twice won grants of parole but those were overturned by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 and again by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011.

He was denied parole for five years in 2012, but an appeals court ruled there was not enough evidence to show that Crowder would be a danger to society and ordered the state Board of Parole to set a release date.

The Board on Friday will reconsider Crowder’s parole eligibility in light of recent prison violations, including conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and having a cellphone in his cell at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, prosecutors said.

“Crowder has not taken responsibility for his crime and continues to show a lack of remorse,” the OCDA said in a statement. “He maintains that the gun went off accidentally when he tripped as he was entering the hotel room.” continue reading...