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Ethnic lockdowns to be slammed

The End to Race-Based Lockdowns in California Prisons

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BY JESSICA PISHKO. | Pacific Standard

…CDCR has reached a tentative settlement, not yet approved by the court, with the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office over the subject of race-based lockdowns, a CDCR policy that, the lawsuit contends, punished inmates on the basis of race or ethnicity. A CDCR spokesperson said that it began implementing policy changes, including revision of their rules, in May, as settlement talks were on-going.

An academic at King’s College in London provided anecdotal evidence from inmates that they did not enter prison “racist,” but rather that unstated and stated policies—including the expectations of correctional officers—led them to affiliate only with their race.

The lawsuit, Mitchell v. Cate, filed in 2011, alleged that inmates were punished by race, and, as a result, some inmates who were not affiliated with any gang were forced to endure the loss of privileges… (more…)

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RobertVirgilTaylor56
‘Physically incapacitated’ medical parolee: 56 days and still running

CDCR unable to locate Rolling Blunder (Note: First published November 7, 2014, this post is updated and republished daily as a “counter” to remind CDCR/DAPO this dangerous offender remains in the community.) As previously reported on these pages, Robert Virgil Taylor #D26103, is a ‘medical parolee’ released early due to CDCR’s assessment he was/is ‘physically incapacitated’ as per the ludicrous medical parole statute.  On October 1, 2014, he was apparently

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‘Incapacitated’ absconder spotted at Brooklyn Marathons

California’s medical-parole absconder seen at Brooklyn Marathon, no arrest Mumbi Al Fresco | New York Post Paroled late last year under California’s new policy of releasing chronically ill inmates, Robert Virgil Taylor absconded from an assigned San Diego care facility, leaving his wheelchair in the parking lot…NYPD officials report a man photographed standing near the finish line in last week’s Brooklyn Marathon was the purportedly wheelchair-bound parolee.  Video tapes later revealed Taylor was able to walk with apparent ease. Unfortunately, Taylor’s parolee at large status was not uncovered until day after the event, when a California Department of Corrections and

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San Francisco’s crime rates soar

San Francisco sees sharp rise in property and violent crimes By JON SCHLEUSS, RONG-GONG LIN II  | Los Angeles Times As San Francisco booms thanks to the tech industry, one side effect has emerged: an increase in crime. The city saw more than 20% jumps in both the rate of property crime, such as thefts and burglary, and the rate of violent crime, such as robbery and assault, between 2012 and 2013… The rate of larceny and thefts per 100,000 inhabitants jumped 27%. Burglary rates rose 10%, and the rate of motor vehicle thefts was

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Shootin’ it: Utah to revive firing squad!?

Firing squads could be legal again in Utah Dennis Romboy | Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Firing squads could become legal again in Utah. A legislative committee approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the state to convene a firing squad when the drugs necessary for lethal injection are not available. Pharmaceutical companies in Europe that oppose the death penalty refuse to sell the drugs to prisons in the United States. “This bill just says we have a backup,” said Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield. “Hopefully, we never have to use it.” Ray’s legislation says

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Mother Teresa Mug Shot by Tony Rubino
Crime: What does poverty have to do with it?

Poverty Doesn’t Cause Crime Progressives won’t admit that Judeo-Christian values, not economics, determine moral behavior. By Dennis Prager | National Review One of the first clues that this Columbia-educated, liberal, Democrat, New York Jew had that there was something wrong at the heart of progressive/left-wing thought was when I read and was taught over and over that “poverty causes crime.” I knew from the first that this was dogma, not truth. How did I know? First, I thought about the world that I knew best — my own. My paternal grandparents were extremely poor immigrants

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Video: Burglar meets 82 Airborne Vet

Vengeance may be the province of the Almighty, but that didn’t stop one Army vet from wailing on this return burglary suspect. The former 82nd Airborne Ranger taped the entire incident, set it to music and posted it for the World to see. THIS IS A MUST WATCH! SEATTLE (FOXNEWS) — A burglar in Seattle got way more than he bargained for when he tried to break into the home of

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Kicking it is OK as long as it isn't a man on the ground.
2 SVSP CO’s charged with manslaughter

Never kick a man when he’s down is no cliche’ Two correctional officers assigned to the Salinas Valley State Prison have been arraigned in the death of a vineyard manager outside a bar in San Miguel.  Sergio Aranda, 35, of Salinas and Travis Woolf, 36 of San Miguel, both SVSP CO’s, were held to answer for the death of Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano, 54. Medrano was the manager of the La Vista Vineyard in Paso Robles. According to the Tribune newspaper of San Luis Obispo, the two defendants and another unidentified person confronted Medrano and 4 others

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FPPC
CCPOA fined for unreported political donations

Prison officers’ union accepts fine for lobbying violations Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee California’s state prison officers’ union has agreed to a $5,500 fine for failing to disclose gifts it gave to state lawmakers from 2009 to 2011 and a corresponding failure to give gift notifications to the recipients. Fair Political Practices Commission investigator Gary Winuk and counsel Dave Bainbridge signed off on the stipulated penalty that now goes to

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LAPD: Data based law enforcement

Los Angeles police use data to target crime By TAMI ABDOLLAH | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them. Police say the effort has already helped reduce crime in one of the city’s most notorious and historically gang-ridden neighborhoods. “This is a tremendous step forward. Without this, I couldn’t do my job,” said Capt. Ed Prokop,

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BestLittleWarehouse
ICE, WALLmart & Eloy AZ’s no-bid, kickback scheme

When ICE cuts an inside deal, the end justify the means When Chris Epps did it, he was indicted NPR reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the city government of Eloy, AZ recently signed off on a no-bid contract to operate a new ‘temporary’ immigration camp in SOUTH TEXAS.  The deal is an end-run of the legally mandated bidding process wherein The City of Eloy will receive an annual kickback of $438,000 for providing a mail-drop for CCA to receive $290 million in annual payments from ICE. “The deal between ICE and Eloy is called an Intergovernmental Services

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ElementaryPoop
Inspector General faults high 290 caseloads, GPS

More than 60% of state parole agents’ caseloads exceed policy limits By ADOLFO FLORES | Los Angeles Times ⇒California parole agents have caseloads that exceed their department’s policy, according to a report ⇒State Office of the Inspector General report found little evidence that parolees’ GPS devices deter crime More than 60% of California’s parole agents monitoring sex offenders have caseloads that exceed department policy, a report released Wednesday from the Office of the Inspector General found. An agent can have 20 high-risk or 40 non-high-risk cases, or an equal combination of the two, according to

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CrimeWave
Union-Tribune EDS: ‘California crime wave coming’

Prediction: California crime wave coming By U-T San Diego Editorial Board Here’s an unfortunate but realistic prediction: Six months from now, a year at most, Californians will look at a troubling new wave of crime and ask, “What happened?” Here’s what happened: Last week’s voter approval of Proposition 47 on top of Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison-realignment program… Together, these two public policies will be responsible for the early release of thousands of criminals now behind prison bars, including some serving life sentences under the state’s three-strikes law. Thousands more who commit new crimes, and who

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ACA President-DOC chief indicted, flash-retires

Mississippi’s Chris Epps: Corrections’ BIG BAD APPLE It is inevitable in the career of every law enforcement officer–Sooner or later, a trusted co-worker turns dirty.  It may be a former fellow academy cadet or a trusted officer with whom you work, bad apples eventually go rotten, stinking up everything.  In the case of (now) former Mississippi DOC Commissioner Chris Epps, the entire profession gets a big whiff of the stink–Epps was, for lack of a better term, the poster-child for correctional professionalism. The longest serving commissioner in Mississippi DOC history, Epps is also the president of the American Correctional Association, president of the Association

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Budget

bankruptcy3 San Berdoo will cough up to CalPERS

The bankrupt burg of San Bernardino has decided that it WILL pay CalPERS the $13.5 million it owes in order to keep city pensions intact.  Besides being a reasonable thing to do it will also make it possible to recruit and retain decent employees, a situation that would not be possible if their connection to CalPERS goes down the drain. The city began installment payments of the debt in July. 

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bankruptcy3 Stockton officially toes-up

The crime-ridden and gang-infested burg sometimes known as Mudville is now officially bankrupt per the federal bankruptcy judge, at least if the noon news is to be believed. The judge took longer than originally thought as one creditor (Franklin-Templeton) decided to fight the matter to the wall.  They think it is wrong that the city continue to do things like pay retirees rather than pay creditors. The judge had earlier

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bankruptcy3 Detroit water shutoff in bankruptcy court (Updated)

It is hard to see what the nexus is to the bankruptcy proceeding, but the federal judge who is handling the Detroit municipal bankruptcy is holding a hearing today (09-25)  on the Detroit water shutoffs.  It seems that there are about 19,000 residences in Detroit that are substantially in arrears on their water bill.  The city has been shutting them off.  There are groups now who are asserting that access

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Bob's Blotter

BobsBlotter Burn this bitch down!

There is excellent quality video of Michael Brown’s stepfather screaming “Burn this bitch down” to the mob last night in Ferguson.  I guess he forgot his TV speech about non-violence.  I wonder if he will be charged with inciting to riot?  I somehow doubt it.  Would you or I be charged in similar circumstances?  I am pretty sure that would be a yes. Clicking here will link to this footage.

BobsBlotter Man killed in car theft crash

A car owner who unwisely tried to stop his car from being stolen died in the fiery crash of that car Sunday. Oscar Perez, 19, of Lynwood (CA) died about 3:50 PM in Boyle Heights.  He had been involved in a minor collision and was exchanging info with the other driver when an uninvolved person jumped into his car and drove off.  Perez jumped onto the hood of his car

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justice More details from Ferguson

My buddy Dave sent a very interesting article linked here from The Smoking Gun.  In this piece a purported eye-witness describes Brown’s attack on Officer Wilson is some detail and, as far as I can tell, it matches up very well with the known forensic evidence. Not that it matters, the rioters were going to riot no matter WHAT the outcome was, but the truth is nice to know just

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 Piling On The Prosecutor

Benjamin Crump, Al Sharpton and their ilk are all accusing Robert McCulloch of being in league with the police and presenting a biased case to the Ferguson grand jury, and the media is blaming him for the violence because he chose to announce the jury’s decision in the evening Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, rabble rouser Al Sharpton, black preachers in Houston and black community leaders all over the U.S.

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katz-litter4 A Courageous Grand Jury

The Ferguson grand jury clears Darren Wilson of all charges despite fears that no indictment would bring about violent protests I want to praise the Ferguson grand jury members who voted not to indict Darren Wilson on any charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown.  They were under a great deal of public pressure to indict the officer in order to prevent the outbreak of violent protests.  It took

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katz-litter4 Serial Rapist Gets Standing Ovations

Despite the fact that 18 women have now come forward alleging they were drugged and raped by Bill Cosby, the accused serial rapist received two standing ovations from his Florida audience 18 women have now come forward and accused Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them. One of the latest to come forward, former model Jewel Allison said, “We may be looking at America’s greatest serial rapist that ever got

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Krupp Files

Dr Dick Pan's Capitol Caper Paying big for Pan’s tiny travels

The Political Dance Claims Another Politician Shouldn’t talk about it? Richard Krupp, PhD While reading the newspaper the other day I was not surprised to find another story about political corruption in California. We have already heard about the Los Angeles area senator who was convicted of crimes associated with living outside of the district he represents. Now this criminal behavior appears to be found in the California Assembly as well. Why would anyone expect anything different? Obviously members of the legislature don’ t think they need to live in the district they represent. So

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Former CDCR Secrattorney Matt Cate. Krupp Files: Bad law’s Cate’s specialty–And prop 46 is bad!

Taxpayers on the hook for billions, Matt Cate knows what he is talking about Giving the taxpayers what they want, not what they need Richard Krupp, PH.D While watching TV a couple of nights ago I was at first startled to see the face of Matt Cate, former Secretary of Corrections speaking on behalf of some political group opposing Proposition 46. Though he did not introduce himself to the viewing audience, his name did appear in the right hand corner at the bottom of the screen. He looked very serious. He was saying something about

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Down but not out: Secretary of State Debra Bowen continues to work out of her new Sacramento digs. Krupp Files: The state of Secretary Bowen

More Trouble in the California Capitol Building The Secretary of State– Spend my days locked in a haze Richard Krupp, PhD Back in June 2007 when I was appointed by governor Schwarzenegger to the Assistant Secretary position, suitable for framing documentation, was signed by Arnold and the Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. I’ve never met the lady, but I did read an article about her in the Los Angeles Times on September 5, 2014. Turns out the California Secretary of State, who is being termed out after eight years in office, has some problems. Bowen said

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GADFLY Open

Big Brother

Welcome to the Club! One week before Thanksgiving, our family was given a new blessing beyond our greatest expectations. For my wife Linda and I, we welcomed our fifth grandson (within four years) into the world. Cameron and Carra got a new nephew. Anthony and Sarah received their second boy, and our grandson, David, had a little baby brother. A scheduled C-section allowed our family time to travel to Northern California to be present for the birth. And thanks to my brother Jeff and sister-in-law Loni, we had a place to stay while traveling to and from the hospital. Daniel Jacob

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Through the prophet Isaiah, God described His chosen champion Peerless Prophet

Isaiah and the Identity of the Incredible Incarnation To my mind, one of the most enigmatic figures of the Old Testament writings was the prophet Isaiah. According to Jewish history, he lived at a time when the people of Israel were in severe decline (2 Chronicles, Chapters 26-32.) By the time Isaiah appeared in his role as a prophet (sometime around 740 B.C.), the northern kingdom (called Israel) had fallen under the rule of the Assyrian kingdom. Isaiah served during the successive reign of four kings (Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah) of the southern kingdom

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Is the legacy of the Obama Administration one of incompetence? Course Correction

November 4, 2014: A Vote of No Competence On the eve of an election, there are often wishes, desires, hopes, and needs riding on the consensus of the majority. More often than not, the candidates and party faithful—not the electorate—are doing most (if not all) of the wishing, desiring, hoping, and needing. What I mean to say, is that the general voting public is generally not as engaged in the political process as the candidates. Very few voters, if any, research the voting records of candidates. Most voters rely upon watchdog groups, political advertising, and

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Unions

bankruptcy3 San Berdoo will cough up to CalPERS

The bankrupt burg of San Bernardino has decided that it WILL pay CalPERS the $13.5 million it owes in order to keep city pensions intact.  Besides being a reasonable thing to do it will also make it possible to recruit and retain decent employees, a situation that would not be possible if their connection to CalPERS goes down the drain. The city began installment payments of the debt in July. 

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FPPC CCPOA fined for unreported political donations

Prison officers’ union accepts fine for lobbying violations Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee California’s state prison officers’ union has agreed to a $5,500 fine for failing to disclose gifts it gave to state lawmakers from 2009 to 2011 and a corresponding failure to give gift notifications to the recipients. Fair Political Practices Commission investigator Gary Winuk and counsel Dave Bainbridge signed off on the stipulated penalty that now goes to

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DERRY Endorsement flies as well as union’s Prop 47 punt

Last week, Paco chastised CCPOA for failing to take a position on Proposition 47, a measure that will render so-called non-violent crimes misdemeanors.  The union deserves the criticism as it is indicative of political cowardice — The prioritization of political patronage over the good of the membership and the public its members serve. Now, CCPOA has taken the bold stance of endorsing a candidate for Redlands City Council, a position completely irrelevant to the union’s mandate.  To make matters worse, the candidate, former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry, is a shady character at best.  He is a criminal

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Gold Star Parolee

MedicalParoleeTaylorSeenAtBrooklynMarathon ‘Incapacitated’ absconder spotted at Brooklyn Marathons

California’s medical-parole absconder seen at Brooklyn Marathon, no arrest Mumbi Al Fresco | New York Post Paroled late last year under California’s new policy of releasing chronically ill inmates, Robert Virgil Taylor absconded from an assigned San Diego care facility, leaving his wheelchair in the parking lot…NYPD officials report a man photographed standing near the finish line in last week’s Brooklyn Marathon was the purportedly wheelchair-bound parolee.  Video tapes later revealed Taylor was able to walk with apparent ease. Unfortunately, Taylor’s parolee at large status was not uncovered until day after the event, when a California Department of Corrections and

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GoldStarLogo Is murderous sex offender also a liar?

Steve Gordon is not a nice man.  He is a convicted sex offender suspected in recent multiple murders in Orange County.  These murders were allegedly committed in the company of another previously convicted sex offender, Franc Cano. Gordon is in the county slammer, and recently talked extensively with Keegan Kyle from the Orange County Register.  That led to the article linked here from the Register. In that interview Gordon is

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justice Court orders CDCR to cough up parole records

A Sacramento County judge issued an order Friday to CDCR to kick down records relating to Steve Gordon and Franc Cano, who are accused of  murdering four women in Orange County while they were both on active parole, including electronic monitoring.  The department said that details on how they monitor sex offenders is confidential.  The judge didn’t buy it. The order gives the lawyers for the department a month to go through

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Bad Apples

Kicking it is OK as long as it isn't a man on the ground. 2 SVSP CO’s charged with manslaughter

Never kick a man when he’s down is no cliche’ Two correctional officers assigned to the Salinas Valley State Prison have been arraigned in the death of a vineyard manager outside a bar in San Miguel.  Sergio Aranda, 35, of Salinas and Travis Woolf, 36 of San Miguel, both SVSP CO’s, were held to answer for the death of Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano, 54. Medrano was the manager of the La Vista Vineyard in Paso Robles. According to the Tribune newspaper of San Luis Obispo, the two defendants and another unidentified person confronted Medrano and 4 others

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EppsApples ACA President-DOC chief indicted…(Reloaded)

Mississippi’s Chris Epps: Corrections’ BIG BAD APPLE In the interest of not burying what SHOULD be a NATIONAL ISSUE, this post is republished from Friday’s Spotlight–To date, only Mississippi news outlets are reporting on Epps’ corruption indictment.  Yet, it is a NATIONAL story in that Epps drives the American Correctional Association (ACA), which receives federal and state funds to provide prison and jails  “ACA accreditation.”  The all-too-cozy between ACA and prison vendors is laid bare for all to see–A comment attached to the original post provides personal testimony to the corruption: “I’ve been convinced for years

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EppsApples ACA President-DOC chief indicted, flash-retires

Mississippi’s Chris Epps: Corrections’ BIG BAD APPLE It is inevitable in the career of every law enforcement officer–Sooner or later, a trusted co-worker turns dirty.  It may be a former fellow academy cadet or a trusted officer with whom you work, bad apples eventually go rotten, stinking up everything.  In the case of (now) former Mississippi DOC Commissioner Chris Epps, the entire profession gets a big whiff of the stink–Epps was, for lack of a better term, the poster-child for correctional professionalism. The longest serving commissioner in Mississippi DOC history, Epps is also the president of the American Correctional Association, president of the Association

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