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Off Opining: Will we ever be gruntled?

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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."
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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. 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

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Bad ’til the last drop…interrupted

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
Cop saves fleeing parolee from concrete reality.
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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.



Slain CYA CPO awarded posthumous Medal of Honor

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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.
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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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Texas killer said lethal injection ‘does kind of burn’

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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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…



High times for 25% of CDCR inmates tested

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
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
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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.



Parolees wore GPS devices during murder spree

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
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.
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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.



Hancock Bill caves to Hungertard’s specious demands

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
It is precisely this type of thing that Loni Hancock wants to stop...even though it isn't happening. (Zoom image)
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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.”



Going Dutch: Netherlands runs short of inmates

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
In the Dutch prison system, there are now more staff than inmates.  Perhaps Governor Brown can export excess cons there.
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“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…



Most fly over cuckoo’s nest, land in prison

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
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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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Realignment is ‘stimulating’ and ‘working’ says Brown

Apr 9th, 2014 | By
Whatever Governor Brown was smoking yesterday led his mouth to tell victims his weak realignment ploy is "stimulating."
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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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Leave credit cash-out leaves CPO’s out of cash

Apr 8th, 2014 | By
As usual, Corrections can't come up with any money to cash out CPO leave credits.  Other state employees are in line though.
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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…



Drywall and wire: Escape realigned

Apr 7th, 2014 | By
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.
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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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Bell 5′s plea deal going, going…

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
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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.



Texas nixes prison rape act

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
Governor Perry says PREA was "created in a vacuum with little regard for input from those who daily operate state prisons and local jails
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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.



Royal procession over jail chow for naught

Apr 1st, 2014 | By
Parole Absconder Mark Royal prefers the food at Placer County Jail over Sacramento.  Despite the snub, Sacramento's hospitality prevailed.
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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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Farewell to prison

Mar 31st, 2014 | By
Delaware Judge Jan Jurden gave a member of the Du Pont clan probation for raping his 3 year old daughter.  She was worried the molester wouldn't thrive in prison.
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Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison Cris Barrish | The News Journal (Delaware) A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show. Judge Jan Jurden’s sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said. Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists. Richards’ 2009 rape case became public this month after attorneys for his ex-wife Tracy filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the abuse of

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Released after 45 solitary years on death row

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
Under Roman Law, a confession was invalid unless the subject was sufficiently tortured.  The Japanese system isn't much different.
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Paco was under the impression California was the worst in terms of lengthy death row stays but the case of Japanese Inmate Hakamada Iwao makes us look like Texas by comparison. Some 46 years ago, Iwao’s boss, the man’s wife and their two children were brutally murdered. And, after a scant 20 days of “intense interrogation”, including what was then deemed an acceptable amount of beating, police obtained a confession. According to The Economist, “Criminal courts in Japan have long relied heavily on confessions for proof of guilt. Though the accused have a right to silence, failure to admit a crime is considered bad sport. Besides, police have strong incentives to extract a confession and, with up to 23 days to interrogate a suspect, the blunt tools to do so, as a stream of disturbing incidents has shown.



Justice delayed is justice, just delayed

Mar 26th, 2014 | By
All reports on the execution of Kelli Hall's murderer feature HIS picture.  Above is the face everyone needs to see and remember.  It took 25 years for the 17 year old's murder to be avenged.
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25 years after rape and murder of teen, Justice is served One night in 1989, Jeffrey Ferguson and an accomplice kidnapped 17 year old Kelli Hall from the St. Charles, Missouri Mobil Station where she worked. 13 days later her frozen corpse was found in a field. She was wearing only socks. She had been raped and strangled. Ferguson was convicted by jury and sentenced to die–Early this morning the condemned met his maker. Notwithstanding the murderer’s expressions of remorse, new-found devotion to God and, per his attorneys and advocates, being an all-around good person, The New Orleans Times Picayune noted: “Ferguson, strapped to a hospital gurney, was animated in the moments before his midnight execution at the state prison in Bonne Terre. He made funny faces and mouthed words to relatives sitting in the observation room to ease the tension.



18 months for e-Rapist: Autism made him do it

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
Jared James Abrahams hacked into women's PC's, watched and photographed them and then blackmailed them into "cyber-sex."
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Another sex offender not subject to registration! Dubbed the “sextortionist” for blackmailing women into performing 5 minute “cyber-sex” sessions, Jared James Abrahams received an 18 month federal prison term Tuesday, subsequent to a plea agreement. The Riverside Press Enterprise reports the cyber-rapist “hacked the computers of women, including Miss Teen USA, then secretly took nude photos of them and extorted some into undressing during video chats.” In their son’s defense,  Abrahams’ parents blamed his criminality and psycho-sexual issues on autism.  The condition made it hard for him to make friends and he had trouble understanding and forming “normal social interactions.”  We used to call it shyness or, at the extreme, “awkward.” In a written statement read prior to sentencing, Abrahams asserted, “Everything that I did was simply to feel a sense of involvement and to feel less alone.” Now, in Paco’s estimation, if autism is to blame, it’s a good thing.  Abrahams is a predatory sex-offender–A rapist

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Obituary: Larry Corby

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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Note: The authorized obituary for our brother, Larry Corby, was published yesterday at Legacy .com.  The text is reprinted below, however, the Legacy .com page includes additional photos and a guest book. Jay Lawrence “Larry” CORBY Jr. Larry Corby died peacefully at home on March 18, 2014 after a brief battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Charleene of 47 years, daughter Camie (Chris) Gould, son Jarrod Corby, grandchildren Caden and Connor Gould, Jarrod Jr. and Cameron Rose Corby. Larry is also survived by his sisters Carol Manning and Connie (Steve) Haussler, sister-in-law Rhonda (Terry) Pfenning, brothers-in-law Randy Keeney, Mark (Ronda) Keeney, and many nieces and nephews. Larry was born in Berwyn, Illinois on October 1, 1944 to Jay and Jane Corby. He served with distinction for six years in the United States Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his military service Larry joined the California Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer at Folsom

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Execution moratorium is killing kidney patient

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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Christian Longo, is on Oregon’s death row for murdering his wife and 3 children. KPTV Fox News reports Longo wants to donate his kidney to a local stranger, Kevin Gray, who has stage 5 kidney failure. Gray’s desperation is such, he stands on a street corner with a sign, panhandling for a kidney. Longo previously advocated for condemned inmates as organ donors. Unfortunately for Mr. Gray, kind-hearted, soft-headed Governor John Kitzhaber imposed a moratorium on executions in 2011. Thus, suspending Longo’s death sentence was effectively a death sentence for Gray. Unintended consequences, indeed. However, there are no laws prohibiting living Oregon inmates from donating organs, it simply isn’t approved or rarely so. It remains to be seen whether ODOC considers Longo’s offer. In the event condemned inmates become a living organ bank, Paco cautions folks in Mr. Gray’s predicament to consider the phenomenon known as Cellular Memory. Numerous cases have been documented where organ recipients

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Jailbirds prefer prison

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
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Inmates would rather go to prison than stay stuck in the county jail. Arvin Temkar | Monterey County Weekly This is James Russell Scott’s plan: He wants to get out of Monterey County for a bit – maybe go on a cruise – and then start looking for work, probably in construction like before. He wants a vacation. He’s been locked up in the Monterey County Jail for the past three years. Scott is one of a new class of inmates, 14 percent of the jail’s population, facing long local jail sentences instead of spending that time in state prison. In the past, inmates sentenced to jail would be there for less than a year. Prison was reserved for longer lockups. But realignment – the name for the state’s massive prison overhaul that started in 2011 – has changed things. The state was forced by a lawsuit to unpack its dangerously crowded prisons, so it

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Larry Corby Services Scheduled

Mar 19th, 2014 | By
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Services for Larry Corby will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Location: East Lawn Mortuary 5757 Greenback Lane Sacramento, CA 95841 A reception will follow at: Crowne Plaza Sacramento 5321 Date Avenue Sacramento, CA 95841 For more information, see http://cpof.org/larry-corby/  which is also embedded below for your convenience.



Jay “Larry” Corby, CPO visionary, R.I.P.

Mar 19th, 2014 | By
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CPOF’s Project 2000 his brain-child, Legacy When I first met Larry Corby, he was the State Secretary of CCPOA. As such, he was the de facto Master of Ceremonies at all meetings–The man made even the most banal agenda item seem interesting.  Larry knew how to keep a crowd on track–He got things done. Corby was a very funny man but when it came to the corrections profession, he was deadly serious. In 1990 I first heard him suggest a corrections museum was needed and thought he was kidding. He proceeded to describe an idea of his called “Project 2000″ designed to make the museum a reality. He wasn’t kidding. Today, Project 2000′s annual meeting is a huge national event, attended by corrections professionals from every state in the Union.  The Museum is coming close to being reality–I have a good idea whose name it should bear.



Baby Paul, By the grace of God

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
By all accounts, Paul Steven Waddell was dead 50 years ago.  And yet, it wasn't official until March 8, 2014.
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‘Baby’ Paul Waddell, R.I.P. With apologies to those who expect prison based content, and those who eschew the Creator, I write briefly today about my baby cousin, Paul.   As discussed in Sunday’s post, brother Greg Doyle and I lost our sole male cousin, “Baby Paul” Waddell on March 8, 2014–He would have been 52 in August. Now, regardless of where one lines up on the scale of faith, we must all certainly agree:   That which cannot be explained in this world rationally or scientifically is either miraculous or simply inexplicable or both. We can deny such events transpired, as many do.  But for those of us who saw them, the events cannot be denied.  Miracles, or from the scientific perspective, inexplicable events, happen.  My baby cousin, Paul Waddell, was living proof until  a few weeks ago. Make no mistake about it, friends, one morning in 1964, 2 year old Paul Waddell of Riverside

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Long hit-list, conspirators survive ‘Evil Evan’

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
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One year later: More questions than answers Evan Ebel’s hit list suggests ongoing threat to officials By Kirk Mitchell | The Denver Post New details are emerging in the investigation into the murder of Colorado prisons director Tom Clements that indicate parolee Evan Ebel didn’t act alone and that nearly two dozen people were targeted. Among new findings by The Denver Post: •  A federal official who had no dealings with Ebel said he was named on a hit list found in Ebel’s black Cadillac DeVille two days after Clements was killed on March 19, 2013.



Realigned, reoffended, resentenced…running

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
Christopher Lee Brown escaped LA's Twin Towers the same day he was sentenced to spend nearly 5 years in the jail.
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LA inmate escapes hours after sentencing ABC News | KABC MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KABC) — Christopher Brown, a Twin Towers Jail inmate, escaped Wednesday night just hours after he was sentenced to four years and eight months in county jail. Brown, 37, was convicted on March 6 of two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of receiving stolen property for stealing two computers and three flash drives from the AHMC Healthcare in Alhambra. Personal, financial and credit information from 729,000 patients was compromised. Brown escaped from the Inmate Reception Center Release area at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s officials think Brown impersonated another inmate who was scheduled to be released. Later in the night, a head count revealed he was missing. A search of the jail ensued, and a review of closed-circuit TV showed Brown escaping…



CO broke killer’s face: Jury awards 500k

Mar 13th, 2014 | By
James Eric Degorski is a killer of 7.  A CO decided to rearrange Degorski's face, costing the taxpayers BIG TIME.
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Convicted Murderer of 7 Awarded Nearly $500K By BEN WALDRON | ABC News The man convicted of perpetrating one of the most gruesome and notorious mass killings in Chicago-area history has been awarded nearly a half million dollars in a civil lawsuit against a prison guard accused of punching him in the face. James Eric Degorski, now 41, and accomplice Juan Luna were convicted of shooting and stabbing to death two restaurant owners and five employees during a botched robbery at a suburban Chicago diner in 1993. The seven victims’ bodies were discovered the next day in the restaurant’s walk-in cooler and freezer… Degorski suffered facial fractures and metal plates had to be surgically inserted into his face.



Confessed killer of BOP CO has hand slapped

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
Already serving LIFE, 1 of Jose Rivera's 2 killers received another, meaningless, life term in a plea deal.
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No additional time for man who killed Atwater prison guard No additional time for man who killed Atwater prison guard Corin Hoggard, ABC 30 KFSN News FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A mother’s grief only gets worse as federal prosecutors agree to a deal with one of two men who murdered her son. For killing a federal prison guard, the man gets no extra time in custody. James Guerrero will avoid the death penalty despite admitting his role in the murder of Atwater correctional officer Jose Rivera. Guerrero was already serving a life sentence for a third strike robbery in 1997 when he held Jose Rivera as another inmate stabbed the guard to death. After pleading guilty to murder Tuesday, he’ll go back to the penitentiary on a new life sentence — one Rivera’s mom says sends the wrong message…



‘Direct connection between education and public safety’

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
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Attorney general, lawmakers seek action against truancy in California schools Jeremy B. White | Sacramento Bee Emphasizing that young students who frequently miss school are far more likely to fall behind and commit crimes later in life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and half a dozen lawmakers introduced an anti-truancy bill package on Monday. The legislative effort ties to a report from Harris’ office that depicts the repercussions of an estimated 1 million truant elementary school students a year, good for a 29.6 percent truancy rate among California youngsters. More than 250,000 elementary school students missed at least 10 percent of the year, or more than 18 days of learning.



Retired CO, PA David Aggio, RIP

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
Former SQ CO and Santa Rosa Parole Agent, a retiree, died instantly when his car was struck by an 11550 driver.  He was 54.
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Gosford Road crash victim remembered as family man By Ruth Brown / The Californian Bakersfield police investigate a crash Saturday afternoon on Gosford Road, just south of Stockdale Highway, that killed David Aggio, 54, of Rohnert Park. Witnesses told police the car that hit Aggio’s SUV had been speeding. Police said drugs are a factor in the collision.David Aggio and his wife were out for a late Saturday morning drive in his blue Ford Explorer. He’d come down from Rohnert Park to visit because she was temporarily working in Bakersfield. Traveling in the northbound lane of Gosford Road about 11:50 a.m., the 54-year-old Aggio may

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FBI probing WALLmart’s Idaho hijinxs

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
These CCA employees insist they really were on duty despite corporate admissions Idaho was billed for employees who never showed .
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APNewsBreak: FBI investigates prison company REBECCA BOONE  | Idaho Statesman BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched an investigation of the Corrections Corporation of America over the company’s running of an Idaho prison with a reputation so violent that inmates dubbed it “Gladiator School.” …last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract. CCA also said employees falsified reports to cover up the vacancies. The announcement came after an Associated Press investigation showed CCA sometimes listed guards as working 48 hours straight to meet minimum staffing requirements… Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray confirmed Friday that the FBI met with department director Brent Reinke on Thursday to inform him about the investigation. Idaho State Police spokeswoman Teresa Baker said her agency was no longer involved with the investigation and the FBI has taken it over entirely…