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Off Opining: Will we ever be gruntled?

How come CPO’s are nearly always disgruntled?

I have often said correctional officers are perpetually disgruntled folks. It’s not exactly an original observation, a revelation nor anything more than an opinion based upon decades of anecdote, observation and my own, past failures to be gruntled.

GET GRUNTLED

CDCR has a poor track record when it comes to staff relations and fomenting good morale. “Taking sh*t,” I was often told, “is why they pay you the big bucks.”

What’s that you say, Paco? “Gruntled” isn’t really a word, is it? Regardless of whether or not you actually said that, the answer is yes, it is a real word.  At least, it has been acknowledged as such since the 1930′s.

English, the American variety especially, is a living language which changes along with popular usage.  Unfortunately, some similarly see the Constitution as a living document…but I digress.

There are plenty of examples of so-called back-formations of English words becoming actual words here.  Couth, for example, is now a “real” word–The timing of its inclusion in the dictionary strongly suggests the impetus was a George Carlin observation: couth must be the opposite of uncouth.  And now it is.

But back to the question of that elusive, correctional gruntle…ment? (more…)

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Paco's Podium

Cop saves fleeing parolee from concrete reality.
Bad ’til the last drop…interrupted

Costa Mesa cop snags fleeing con before potentially deadly jump Francisco Novela is a 37-year-old Orange County parolee. He has a propensity to drive drunk and, according to LA’s Channel 2 (CBSLA.COM),  last Friday he was doing precisely that when an errant palm tree caused an impromptu stop.  His 1972 Ford Ranger was disabled–The palm and Novela remained standing. The collision happened within earshot of Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where police officers Jonathan Tripp and Scott Drible were on patrol.  Given that, Novella thoughtfully compared and contrasted his parole status and prior DUI’s  with the instant circumstances and decided it was wise to flee the scene.

Jesus Duran has a Viet Nam war hero who became a Youth Counselor at YTS after discharge.  He was murdered, off-duty, in 1977.  In March, his Distinguished Service Cross was correctly upgraded to the Medal of Honor.
Slain CYA CPO awarded posthumous Medal of Honor

Jesus S. Duran, humble hero honored Jesus S. Duran was credited with saving several wounded Americans while serving as a machine gunner with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) on a search and clear mission in Vietnam on April 10, 1969. Subsequent to single-handedly saving his company command post, driving back the enemy with an M-60 machine gun, Duran was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. According to family members, and many of his comrades, Duran’s heroics merited the Medal of Valor but bigotry in the Army nixed it. Duran himself never said a thing about it, being happy to be recognized, alive and American–He was born in Mexico City and enlisted as an alien resident. After discharging from the service, Duran worked for Riverside County Probation before hiring on with the California Youth Authority at the Youth Training School, near Chino in 1974.  Sadly, he was stabbed to death in a tavern near

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Welcome Home, Jose Villegas.
Texas killer said lethal injection ‘does kind of burn’

Paco: Get used to the sensation ‘It does kind of burn,’ Texas inmate Jose Villegas says as he gets lethal injection for murders of 3 The Times-Picayune (AP) HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday evening. The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty…

Over a quarter of CDCR inmates' urinalysis proved positive for drugs.  The refusal rate ranged from 5.54% at SATF to 98.95 at PBSP. to
High times for 25% of CDCR inmates tested

Paco: Voluntary tests belie HIGHER results California prisons find 1 in 4 inmates used drugs DON THOMPSON, AP | Sacramento Bee SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use. Under the recommendation, a first positive test for drug use would cost inmates 90 days’ pay from work assignments, and repeat offenses could mean up to a year of lost wages… The department also plans to standardize mandatory drug testing across prisons.

Steven Dean Gordon and Frank Cano left a trail of electronic breadcrumbs tying them to at least 4 rape-murders.  They may face a non-existent death penalty.
Parolees wore GPS devices during murder spree

CDCR, federal parolees team up in serial rape-murders KPCC reports a pair of parolees–one under CDCR’s jurisdiction, the other a federal parolee–have been arraigned for the rape and murder of 4 women in Orange County; Both parolees were wearing GPS ankle bracelets during the commission of the killings. One police chief, Anaheim PD’s Raul Quezada, stated there may be more victims but would not elaborate. Investigators with the Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments made the connection to registered sex-offenders Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, by cross checking the crime scene(s) with GPS monitoring data. Cano is reportedly under the supervision of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations while Gordon was supervised by US Probation and Parole.

It is precisely this type of thing that Loni Hancock wants to stop...even though it isn't happening. (Zoom image)
Hancock Bill caves to Hungertard’s specious demands

SHU’s to have IG oversight and inmate ‘advocates’ Bill to Reform Solitary Confinement in State Prisons By postnewsgroup A bill by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) to revise and reform solitary confinement conditions in California’s prisons passed its first legislative hurdle this week. The Senate Public Safety Committee approved SB 892 by a vote of 6-1, with Republican support. It now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to the Senate floor. [Senator Hancock said] “Isolating large numbers of inmates for long periods of time as we are currently doing is an expensive and deeply troubling practice…It is ineffective at controlling gang behavior in prisons; useless in helping to rehabilitate prisoners; costly to taxpayers; and a threat to public safety when inmates are released directly to the streets after years – sometimes decades – of solitary confinement.”

In the Dutch prison system, there are now more staff than inmates.  Perhaps Governor Brown can export excess cons there.
Going Dutch: Netherlands runs short of inmates

“We’re studying what the reason for the decline is” Dutch prisons hit by prisoner shortage The Age The Dutch government is facing an unusual crisis: prison undercrowding. There are now more guards and other prison staff than prisoners in the Netherlands for the first time, according to data released by the Justice Ministry on Friday. Crime rates have fallen slightly in recent years, but aren’t notably lower in the Netherlands than in neighbouring countries, and many Dutch people think sentences for violent offenders are too light. In 2008, there were more than 15,000 inmates. As of March of this year, there were just 9710 remaining, compared with 9914 guards…

NewJack
Most fly over cuckoo’s nest, land in prison

Paco: Insane or not, NUTS to ‘treatment’ in lieu of incarceration Prisons are ‘new asylums’ in U.S. reads the headline of today’s Columbus Dispatch: Reinforcing their role as the “new asylums,” U.S. prisons now house 10 times as many seriously mentally ill people as state psychiatric hospitals do, a new national report shows. An estimated 356,268 seriously mentally ill inmates were housed in prisons and jails nationally in 2012, compared with about 35,000 patients in mental hospitals, according to a report released Tuesday. The Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association released “Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails: A State Survey.” (The Columbus Dispatch) “Behavioral-health experts say prisons and jails were not designed and are not equipped and staffed to handle the huge influx of inmates with mental illness, Reporter Alan Johnson correctly notes. “Yet, that’s where many mentally ill individuals end up as a result of the closing

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Whatever Governor Brown was smoking yesterday led his mouth to tell victims his weak realignment ploy is "stimulating."
Realignment is ‘stimulating’ and ‘working’ says Brown

It’s working: More criminals on the street means more victims Yesterday at the annual Crime Victims March on the Capitol ceremonies, Governor Jerry Brown opted to politicize the solemn event with a lecture about realignment. As if the ill-conceived law isn’t directly responsible for numerous murders, rapes and other violent crimes, Brown told a crowd of victims, survivors and victim rights advocates realignment is “encouraging and stimulating.” He also insisted it is “working.” “I’ve talked to district attorneys, I’ve talked to police chiefs, I’ve talked to sheriffs. I will continue going to counties in California. And I can report, not just on my say-so, but by the people in the field–probation, mental health, sheriffs that run jails–that realignment is working.” In an apparent attempt to soften his inappropriate-for-the-venue message, Governor Brow proceeded to explain AB109 is “abstract” and bloodless” in divvying convicts between prison and county jails. “But when you come here and when you

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Thanks to Jerry Brown and the Dem Majority, David O'Neal Coleman Jr. is a dangerous felon at large in the community.  If you see him, call 911 and keep your distance.
Drywall and wire: Escape realigned

Realignment Reality: Soft Security meets Hard Time Realignment provided the environment needed by a “dangerous felon” to effect an escape in Merced County–Thanks to AB109-induced jail crowding, he was housed in a “low risk” (minimum security) jail pending trial.  He was looking at over 3 decades if convicted. The Merced Sun Star’s Rob Parsons reports David O’Neal Coleman Jr. escaped from the John Latorraca Correctional Center by breaking through the drywall ceiling of a wood framed dorm and climbing over a razor wire topped fence. At the time of the escape, Coleman was pending a preliminary hearing on 6 fresh felonies described as “drug, weapons and theft-related charges.” The jail has reportedly been “plagued” by escapes since AB109 became law, though no firm numbers have been provided. Prior to Coleman’s flight, the most recent escape was in December 2013. Merced County Sheriff Tom Cavallero said the jail was built to house minimum security inmates for

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Otis Campbell
Bell 5′s plea deal going, going…

4 year “prison” deal is for all or no one According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the so-called Bell 5 are nearing the deadline to accept a post-conviction offer of 4 years in prison which must be accepted by all 5. The Court is already authorized to sentence the corrupt gang to 8 year terms but this offer is designed to prevent additional trials on as yet unadjudicated corruption charges. Regardless of the outcome, everyone’s getting locked up. The only confusion seems to be WHERE they will go. It seems to Paco realignment dictates JAIL but all reports and quotes I have found indicate PRISON.

Governor Perry says PREA was "created in a vacuum with little regard for input from those who daily operate state prisons and local jails
Texas nixes prison rape act

PREA rules ‘counterproductive, cumbersome, costly’ In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Texas Governor Rick Perry states “cross-gender supervision standards” make compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) “impossible.” Dated March 28, 2014, the 3 page document succinctly details numerous other issues with PREA, noting among other concerns conflicts between PREA and federal labor law. “PREA’s ill-conceived standards on cross-gender viewing would likely cause the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to violate state and federal labor laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender.  Approximately 40 percent of TDCJ correctional officers at male units are female,” the Governor noted. In addition to the cross-gender conflict, Perry complained the new regulations  also “violate Texas’ right to establish the state’s own age of criminal responsibility.”  In Texas that age is 17–PREA’s is 18.

Parole Absconder Mark Royal prefers the food at Placer County Jail over Sacramento.  Despite the snub, Sacramento's hospitality prevailed.
Royal procession over jail chow for naught

Sacramento absconder’s car chase to Auburn: “The food’s better here” Mark Royal was a Parolee At Large  (PAL) from Sacramento.  It is unknown at this writing if he is a state parolee or of the post-realignment county variety.  Based upon KCRA’s report, Paco surmises he is the latter. In either case, it is an unusual, ironic and gotcha amusing saga. It seems last Tuesday at 2330 hours, Sacramento PD officers recognized a driver as a PAL, namely, Mark Royal. Officers attempted to stop Royal that he may be returned to custody. Royal, 51, has been a criminal a long time so he decided to do things his way. Parenthetically, doing things one’s own way is what makes one a criminal in the first place. But I digress. Rather than give up within blocks of Sacramento County’s custodial tower for a brief ride home, Royal led the police some 35 miles to Placer County’s Main Jail

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Budget

capitol Jerry thirsts, asks for rain

Our dearly beloved leader, Governor Jerry Brown, has called for a special session of the legislature to begin next week.  The subject will be the “rainy day fund” one of which we really don’t have. [It rains in California a lot, it absolutely pours like a sieve fiscally speaking - ED] There is already going to be a ballot initiative on this subject, but the Democrat-Socialists are afraid that it will give them inadequate control and curtail some spending increases.  If there is anything the Democrat-Socialist party likes it is government spending, and Republican pseudo-conservatives are only slightly better (less bad) in that arena.  They

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Mayor’s incompetence costs retirement system big bucks

The City of San Jose (CA) operates its own pension systems, one of peace officers and fire fighters, one for everybody else.  These systems share the same investment staff.  Due to staff shortages these systems have lost an estimated $94 million over the last three years due to uninvested funds, a situation that the mayor was well aware of.  If you can believe the article linked here from the Public Sector Alliance the mayor has spent much more time touring the state lecturing others on how to fix their pension systems rather than ensuring that his own system was operating properly. Mayor Chuck Reed was

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As usual, Corrections can't come up with any money to cash out CPO leave credits.  Other state employees are in line though. Leave credit cash-out leaves CPO’s out of cash

Paco: Don’t sweat it,  KA-Ching at 50! Some California state employees now eligible to cash out leave By Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee Tens of thousands of state workers stand to get extra money in the next couple months by cashing out some of their unused leave time – assuming the state can find money to cover it… The payments, which could reach about one-sixth of the rank-and-file workforce, must be made from departments’ current funds by the end of June and will likely cost millions of dollars… While the program will likely cost some departments big money up front, it saves even bigger costs down the line by reducing hours that their employees would cash out later at a higher pay rate when they quit or retire…

Bob's Blotter

BadApple2014 LASO deputies charged with planting guns

Two former Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office deputies have been arrested and charged last week with planting guns at a pot dispensary. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Manual Perez, 32, were both sacked last year.  They are facing charges that could land them in state custody for seven years if convicted.  They are now both out on bail. Clicking here will link to a SFGATE piece on this story.

justice One more reason to remain standing in SF (Updated)

In one of those Only-In-San-Francisco stories a man has been acquitted of having sex with a BART train seat in San Francisco. Leslie Bailey, 28, was arrested on May 8 and charged with indecent exposure.  He was allegedly on his knees humping the seat next to the drivers cab at the front of the train and was observed by the train operator.  After that little scene he rolled over on his back, began waving his flag vigorously while smoking a crack pipe. However, it appears that being cranked out of your mind and off your psych meds in San Francisco is enough to beat a

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BobsBlotter They think the cellie did it (as usual)

Last month a California inmate tourist, Todd Bush, hanging his hat at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Oklahoma, turned up dead.  It has now been officially designated as a homicide.  The cell mate, who has been unnamed in media reports, is a suspect.  Do you think?? Thanks to Caroline for the 411 on this. Here is a link to a very brief news story on this subject.  (Looks like it is working again.)

Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 Texas Deals With Hot Prison Complaints

HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MOTEL 6 During the months of July, August and September, 36 Motel 6 units across the state will house prison inmates susceptible to heat related illnesses By Adolf der Schweinehund | The Unconventional Gazette | April 24, 2014 In a joint news conference held Wednesday at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) headquarters in Huntsville, Motel 6 CEO Jim Amorosia, TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston and State Senator John Whitmire announced a historic agreement to house those prison inmates most susceptible to heat related illnesses in 36 Motel 6 units during the months of July,

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katz-litter4 Personal Concealed Carry Holster

The ladies Vag-Stash gun holster is not recommended for a fast draw On Monday, Kingsport, Tennessee police arrested Dallas Archer, 19, for driving with a suspended license. As Archer was being booked into jail, a female officer searching the young lady became aware of an “unknown object” in her crotch. A more intrusive search in the Kingsport police station’s bathroom revealed that Miss Archer had concealed a loaded five-shot North American Arms .22 Long Rifle Mini-Revolver inside her vagina.  The vag-stashed gun was four inches long. For carrying a loaded gun in her personal concealed carry holster, Archer was charged with gun possession and introducing

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katz-litter4 If you can’t stand the heat…

Convicts And Guards Broil In Texas Prisons Human rights group says Texas prisons are so hot during summers that ‘convicts and guards are broiling in conditions that are dangerous, unconstitutional and violate international human rights accords’ Prof. Howard “Howie” Katz A story by in Mike Ward and Lauren McGaughy in Tuesday’s Houston Chronicle reports that the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas Law School has released a 40 page report highly critical of the summer heat conditions in Texas prisons. The group wants all 109 Texas state prisons air conditioned and wants the corrections system to take immediate steps to make sure that inside temperatures this summer do not exceed 85 degrees. The correctional officers union has applauded the Human Rights Clinic report. But Brad Livingston, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), is defending the current heat situation. Livingston says: “We have significant protocols in place governing the movement

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Krupp Files

Gangsters of every stripe have infiltrated government at all levels throughout history. Krupp Files: Shrimp Boy and Uncle Leland

Crime in California:  Welcome to the Legislature The Adventures of Shrimp Boy and Uncle Leland – We are coming for you Richard Krupp, PhD Over the past few weeks I have tried to keep up with some of the local news in between my travels to various venues in and out of California to attend concerts.  I even ran into a fellow CDC retiree at the airport.  We discussed previous work events and then jumped on flights in different directions.  The following article is a result of some of the news stories I have read and my own opinions. The recent arrests of three California State Senators should be embarrassing to everyone in our state.  One has been convicted so far. Even more embarrassing is the behavior of Senate Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg who defended his actions initially allowing the first two senators to continue representing the people of their districts.  I look forward to seeing

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ChairmanLarryKarlton Krupp Files: Larry Karlton, Killers’ Champion

Citizens and governor of California caught trying to prolong incarceration for violent criminals Pro Crime Judge Larry to the rescue, Let murderers out sooner! Richard Krupp, PhD Well known pro-crime advocate, Larry Karlton, working as a federal judge, threw out two laws designed to protect California citizens. Larry thought there was a risk of extended incarceration for his protected group– criminals. One law known as “The Victims’ Bill of Rights” was an easy target for Larry. How could victims possibly have any rights? According to the Sacramento Bee, March 2, 2014: “Proposition 9, a ballot initiative passed by the voters in 2008, and Proposition 89, passed by the voters in 1988, “retrospectively increased punishments, in violation of the Ex Post Facto Clause of the U.S. Constitution,” Karlton declared Friday

CrimocratParty2014 Krupp Files: The Pro Crime Party Movement in California

Give the criminals what they want –Float on, don’t worry. Richard Krupp, PhD After a number of legal maneuverings California citizens are floating down a path to greater criminal victimization. Given the ass-backwards position of many politicians, judges and lawyers, it is time to label them the Pro Crime Party.  This party includes the judges involved in the nonsensical overcrowding/medical case that lead us to “Realignment,” Stephen Reinhardt, Thelton Henderson, and Lawrence Karlton.  They think there are too many inmates in California prisons, but they don’t want any inmates sent out of state.  Wouldn’t that reduce overcrowding?  State Senator Darrell Steinberg would be a member of the Pro Crime party also.  He is more interested in the care and comfort of criminals than law abiding citizens. The spokesmen for the Pro Crime Party could be selected from the legal group representing inmates for several years.  Don Spector and Michael Bein are always trying to figure

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GADFLY Open

The sacrifice of one gave freedom to so many Parting Thoughts

Letter Home From a Soldier Dear Dad, I hope this letter finds you in the best spirit possible, considering that I have been away from home for so long. My three-year enlistment is almost up and my thoughts constantly turn homeward to you. I know you are eager to have me back at the homestead fixing things, tending the sheep, and keeping the water running on the property. Hanging out with my buddies here has helped take the edge off my loneliness. The long distance calls you and I enjoy (while wonderful and encouraging) really aren’t quite the same as sitting next to you and talking face-to-face. I look forward with eagerness to giving you the biggest hug and sitting down for a good long while to catch up on old times. As you know, this crazy war has been moving my unit deeper and deeper into enemy-held territory. I can’t lie to you, Pop,

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God's prophets foretold of future events in dreams and visions from God for the benefit of believers What is the Point of Prophesy?

Oy! Danny Boy! For me, one of the more compelling mysteries of Old Testament prophesy surrounds a Jewish wise-man who lived most of his life in captivity in ancient Babylon. His name was Daniel (born around 623 BC.) One of the best known stories surrounding Daniel was when he was thrown into a lions’ den, after refusing to obey the king’s edict to stop praying to God (Book of Daniel, Chapter 6.) Daniel miraculously survived the lions and continued to serve as an adviser to Persian kings (after Babylon fell.) Meanwhile all the king’s advisers (who had Daniel unjustly condemned by subterfuge) were immediately served to the same lions who ate up both errant advice and advisers. The story of Daniel is about a remarkable man of integrity who had a genuine relationship with the Creator-God. His unwavering devotion and attitude toward God, and God’s reliability and faithfulness to him in return, speak volumes about

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When you have no choice but to fight, make your move count Point of Attack

Assessing the Antagonist I will always be grateful to my father for teaching me the fundamentals of defending myself, especially when outnumbered. Dad’s Oklahoma-defense-philosophy was simple: When confronted to fight, backed into a corner, and unable to talk your way out of the situation, assessing the antagonist in the group and (at the point of attack) neutralizing that particular individual is probably the best hope for a decent outcome. The hostile group may eventually get the best of you, but in the immediate the leader will pay the price for the engagement. This proactive principle targets the leader (or bigmouth), which seems the best chance of persuading him/her to back down and call off the rest of the pack, perhaps even before a fight occurs. In short, look for the bigmouth (shot-caller) and give him/her the fattest lip first to discourage his followers from engagement. As a Christian, I am not opposed to this principle

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Unions

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg MJ on the way out?

It is my understanding that Michael Jimenez, the fearless leader of CCPOA, announced at the recent board meeting that he will not be running for re-election.  The item I saw from CIM also said that he would be “stepping down.”  To me that means he will be leaving his post prior to the normal end of his term.  I don’t know how much of this is correct and how much is not.  It will, however, ensure and interesting time at the next CCPOA convention.

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Department hiring

If the brief piece linked here from the Fresno BEE is to be believed CDCr is preparing to hire about 7,000 Correctional Officers in the foreseeable future.   Nice if true.  They will need about1/3 of those at the new hospitals outside Stockton. Thanks to Caroline for the link.

BobsNewsflash[1],jpg GEO makes new deal with state

The GEO group, a major for-profit prison operator, announced yesterday that they had a new contract with the formerly great state of California.  The contract is to reopen the McFarland correctional center, a 260 bed female institution, and operate it through June 30, 2018, It is anticipated the facility with begin intake in the next quarter.  The deal has an expansion clause which may mean a second 260 bed operation at the same location.  The facility is touted as having “enhanced rehabilitation and recidivism reduction programs.” The facility is expected to generate $9 million per year in revenue for GEO according to the article (GEO

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Gold Star Parolee

Cop saves fleeing parolee from concrete reality. Bad ’til the last drop…interrupted

Costa Mesa cop snags fleeing con before potentially deadly jump Francisco Novela is a 37-year-old Orange County parolee. He has a propensity to drive drunk and, according to LA’s Channel 2 (CBSLA.COM),  last Friday he was doing precisely that when an errant palm tree caused an impromptu stop.  His 1972 Ford Ranger was disabled–The palm and Novela remained standing. The collision happened within earshot of Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where police officers Jonathan Tripp and Scott Drible were on patrol.  Given that, Novella thoughtfully compared and contrasted his parole status and prior DUI’s  with the instant circumstances and decided it was wise to flee the scene.

Steven Dean Gordon and Frank Cano left a trail of electronic breadcrumbs tying them to at least 4 rape-murders.  They may face a non-existent death penalty. Parolees wore GPS devices during murder spree

CDCR, federal parolees team up in serial rape-murders KPCC reports a pair of parolees–one under CDCR’s jurisdiction, the other a federal parolee–have been arraigned for the rape and murder of 4 women in Orange County; Both parolees were wearing GPS ankle bracelets during the commission of the killings. One police chief, Anaheim PD’s Raul Quezada, stated there may be more victims but would not elaborate. Investigators with the Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments made the connection to registered sex-offenders Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, by cross checking the crime scene(s) with GPS monitoring data. Cano is reportedly under the supervision of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations while Gordon was supervised by US Probation and Parole.

Parole Absconder Mark Royal prefers the food at Placer County Jail over Sacramento.  Despite the snub, Sacramento's hospitality prevailed. Royal procession over jail chow for naught

Sacramento absconder’s car chase to Auburn: “The food’s better here” Mark Royal was a Parolee At Large  (PAL) from Sacramento.  It is unknown at this writing if he is a state parolee or of the post-realignment county variety.  Based upon KCRA’s report, Paco surmises he is the latter. In either case, it is an unusual, ironic and gotcha amusing saga. It seems last Tuesday at 2330 hours, Sacramento PD officers recognized a driver as a PAL, namely, Mark Royal. Officers attempted to stop Royal that he may be returned to custody. Royal, 51, has been a criminal a long time so he decided to do things his way. Parenthetically, doing things one’s own way is what makes one a criminal in the first place. But I digress. Rather than give up within blocks of Sacramento County’s custodial tower for a brief ride home, Royal led the police some 35 miles to Placer County’s Main Jail

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Bad Apples

BadApple2014 LASO deputies charged with planting guns

Two former Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office deputies have been arrested and charged last week with planting guns at a pot dispensary. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Manual Perez, 32, were both sacked last year.  They are facing charges that could land them in state custody for seven years if convicted.  They are now both out on bail. Clicking here will link to a SFGATE piece on this story.

chaus anthony leo Felony arrestee still working as RA? (Updated)

Anthony Leo Chaus, ARA (Arrested Retired Annuitant) According to Placer County Jail records one Anthony Chaus was arrested a week ago for felony spousal abuse (273.5PC).  I can’t help but wonder if that is the same Anthony Chaus who is working as a Retired Annuitant for CDCr, still driving an issued state issued car equipped with red lights and sirens (I thought they didn’t issue cars to RAs) and still (presumably) carrying a gun. Now, I grant you there MIGHT BE two Anthony Chaus’ in the Placer County area.  But I somehow doubt it. If anybody has any further info on this, please feel free

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BadApple2014 Former cop gets life for on-duty rapes

Sergio Alvarez, 38, used to be a cop.  He will now be contributing to the future employment of state correctional officers.  He was just sentenced to 205 years for 18 counts of rape and sexual assault and kidnapping while on duty as a West Sac PD Officer.  His victims were people on the edges of society and he felt he could get away with his crimes.  He was wrong. Clicking here will link to a Sacramento PRAVDA piece on this story.