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Prop 47: missed manners are not crimes

Oct 22nd, 2014 | By
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Crime and Etiquette: Fat Lady to sing in November Politenessman was a regular strip in the now defunct National Lampoon magazine, of which I was an avid reader.  Not your “ordinary” superhero, Politenessman’s superpower was an unwavering dedication to etiquette, enforced by a sailing, solid, stainless steel handkerchief  to the forehead’s of rude people. Unfortunately, our superhero was an absolutest whose single-minded focus on good manners gave him tunnel vision–Politenessman didn’t see the big picture. Oft times as not, he would stop bank robbers in their tracks, only to chastise them for using “coarse language” while robbing

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Ebola Cola

Oct 17th, 2014 | By
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Ebola outbreaks tied to climate change

Oct 16th, 2014 | By
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Melting ice caps thawed out dormant viral killer? Gore:  Global warming released virus from polar quarantine W. B. Hicock  |  Dallas Morning News DALLAS–Climate change activist, former Vice-President Al Gore, claims “a clear link exists between man made climate change and the spreading Ebola virus.” In a scholarly report issued by Gore under the auspices if the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a panel of international climatologists, meteorologists and geologists found a correlation between the melting of polar ice shelfs and glaciers and the first known outbreaks of ebola in West Africa. “While the simultaneous timing

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CDC Head Frieden: Typo likely cause of new infections

Oct 15th, 2014 | By
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As confidence in CDC wanes, Frieden admits mistakes were made WASHINGTON DC– Under fire after a second Dallas hospital healthcare worker was diagnosed with the deadly EBOLA virus, the Center for Disease Control acknowledges the “breach in safety protocols” blamed on the victims are likely the result of typographical errors in the agency’s published directive. “I am here to reassure Americans and their healthcare providers our published precautions are effective,” Frieden said in a prepared press statement. “Unfortunately, a simple typographical error, coupled with the regional preference for a certain type of neck-ware, may have misled

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Monterey DA: Proposition 47 a fraud

Oct 14th, 2014 | By
While CCPOA is neutral on decriminalizing drugs and most thefts, Paco says VOTE NO ON 47.
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Dean Flippo: Proposition 47 a cruel fraud By Dean Flippo, Monterey County District Attorney As district attorney of Monterey County, I and our staff have worked diligently to prosecute dangerous people such as child molesters, rapists, murderers, drug traffickers, gangsters committing violent crimes, and defendants who burglarize our homes and steal from senior citizens. The convictions of these dangerous individuals has had a positive impact on the public safety of our community. Three years ago the Legislature passed a law resulting in a dramatic change on how California would hold people accountable for violating our

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Where’s the YIP? CCPOA mute on Prop 36 sequel

Oct 13th, 2014 | By
CCPOA's storied mascot Tough Teddy has been eclipsed by Silent Spot, the Governor's lapdog.
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Brown’s  lapdog or fighting overcrowding…or both? California Prison Guards Sit Out Debate On Letting Non-Violent Prisoners Go Free Matt Sledge | Huffington Post For decades, California’s prison guard union was a feared political animal. It backed harsh sentencing laws and the construction of dozens of new prisons, and its membership rolls swelled. Now, a November ballot referendum could release thousands of non-violent prisoners, and the 33,000-member union’s response has been surprising. Silence. The guards are sitting this one out. California Correctional Peace Officers Association spokesman JeVaughn Baker told The Huffington Post in an email that the union

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CDCR CO caught cultivating cannabis

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
Eddie Lay is a CDCR employee, arrested in a large marijuana cultivation conspiracy.  It is unclear if he is a CPO--His work location is unknown.
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State correctional officer, four others arrested in Sacramento marijuana cultivation case Cathy Locke | Sacramento Bee An employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was one of five people arrested Wednesday following an eight-month investigation into marijuana cultivation activities in Sacramento. Eddie Lay, 32, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana for sale. The investigation began when the Sacramento Police Department’s South Area Gang Enforcement Team obtained information that an unknown law enforcement officer might be involved in criminal activity related to a known street gang… Over the course of eight months, investigators

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Convict condoms coming

Oct 8th, 2014 | By
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Brown OK’s AB966: Let there be rubbers for all the men! Notwithstanding an utter lack of statistical data in support of the notion inmates contract STD’s in prison, as opposed to importing them, Governor Brown agrees with the experts: Issuing condoms to inmates may correct a problem which may not exist.  He signed AB966 into law last week. Widely used for centuries, animal intestines and (later) latex condoms have been recognized as a barrier to potential disease transmission nearly from their contraceptive inception. Yet, it wasn’t until the advent of DNA testing that rape investigators

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Cambodia retains dirty CO, 24/7

Oct 7th, 2014 | By
Guards accused of helping inmates escape are converted to inmates at the same prison.  In Cambodia, accusation and guilt are often indistinguishable.
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After being questioned by warden, guard is inmate Prison guard now an inmate after jailbreak Khouth Sophak Chakrya | Phnom Penh Post A guard charged with facilitating the escape of an inmate from Kampong Chhnang Provincial Prison has been incarcerated at the very facility he worked at, officials told the Post yesterday. Prak Vudy, Kampong Chhnang provincial police chief, said 29-year-old Tep Chanmakara was charged at the provincial court on Saturday with “providing the means” for 30-year-old inmate Ear Tal to escape. “The suspect has been detained at the provincial prison instead of the prisoner who

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‘Beatdowns:’ 32 FL CO’s fired, face prosecution

Oct 6th, 2014 | By
Florida's CO's are represented by the Teamsters Union.  You got a problem with that?
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Teamsters Union: Management made them do it For allegedly brutal prison guard, day of reckoning arrives Julie K. Brown | MIAMI HERALD Rollin Suttle Austin was arrested for theft, convicted of drunk driving and accused of dozens of brutal, unprovoked beatings. …the beefy, bald, 43-year-old amused himself by slamming heads into concrete and grabbing people by their throats and often bragged about getting away with killing a man. Austin has a mug shot on file, a criminal history with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and was in the Florida prison system for 23 years.

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Medical Parolee-At-Large?

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
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Inmate on medical parole missing in California CDCR Press Release | OCTOBER 2, 2014 Eastern San Diego County – Medical parolee Ronald Virgil Taylor, 50, is missing from the convalescent home where he lived in Eastern San Diego County. Taylor, who uses a wheelchair, was last seen on Wednesday afternoon, October 1, 2014. At the time of this writing, Taylor is still at large. It is believed that someone may have helped him leave the facility. His wheelchair was found in a nearby lot. Local law enforcement officers and specially trained parole apprehension agents are searching for

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Parole: A new take on the initial interview

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
A parole agent employs "Little Homie" to relate to street and prison hardened parolee.
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Muppets in parole The inset clip from Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” show is presented with a CAUTION: DO NOT PLAY THIS AT WORK or if you are offended by F-Bombs and the “N-word” as the clip is UNCENSORED. As to the latter term, we all know it is acceptable for black people to use that word. Thus, the content is not deemed racist, by-and-large. However, as Paco is of

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CCPOA’s Jimenez announces year-end retirement

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
CCPOA President Mike Jimenez will retire on December 31, 2014.
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Long-time prison officers’ union president to retire JON ORTIZ  |  Sacramento Bee Mike Jimenez, the mercurial leader of the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, is retiring at the end of this year and members have elected the union’s executive vice president, Chuck Alexander, to head the organization starting Jan. 1. The leadership change, announced Thursday after a vote at the union’s annual convention, will mark just the second time CCPOA has turned over administrations since organizing more than 30 years ago. Jimenez, 52, assumed the union presidency when Don Novey retired in 2002. The dozen

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Receiver’s employee guilty of ID theft via state PC’s

Oct 1st, 2014 | By
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Sac DA spills beans on Kelso’s hushed IT security breach Sacked thief gets probation Based upon the attached press release from the Sacramento District Attorney, and a complete absence of earlier reports, press releases or memoranda, it would appear the theft of state employee personnel records occurred at some time prior to August 2014, but was not previously disclosed to the public.  Obviously(?), the affected employees were notified given their victim/witness status.  However, the perpetrator was practicing identity theft and it is not known if he gleaned data from other sources, public or private. Surely,

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Redefining crime

Sep 29th, 2014 | By
In the USA, recidivism means returning an offender to prison, except in California where it means whatever the Democrat machine says it means.
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Reoffending rendered inoffensive Sacramento Bee senior columnist Dan Walters reports California’s ostensibly excessive recidivism rates will be reduced by changing the meaning of the word recidivism. The Orwellian proposal, gleaned from a recently released Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) “study,”  would count a return-to-custody as recidivism ONLY when the offender receives a new conviction–Probation or parole revocations would no longer be considered “recidivism.” “Brown and legislators directed the Board of State and Community Corrections to create a single legal definition of recidivism and its proposal, drafted after months of consultation and discussion, is also stirring controversy.

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MS Miranda: You have the right to be jailed indefinitely

Sep 25th, 2014 | By
Several detainees in Mississippi's Scott County Jail have been in custody for years without a hearing of any kind.
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Miss. accused do time for years with no indictment for a crime Jerry Mitchell  |  The Clarion-Ledger In jails across Mississippi, some accused are held behind bars more than a year without ever being indicted. Octavious Burks has been in the Scott County Jail since Nov. 18, 2013… On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi and the MacArthur Justice Center filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of these men against Scott County officials, saying the men have been “indefinitely denied counsel…” This isn’t the first time Burks has been held in jail for a

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Your child’s keeper?

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
It's one thing to hold parents financially liable for their minor children's crimes but it's no crime to raise a creep.
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Raise a criminal, Go to prison Toward a Newer World Yahoo news reports a Clayton, New Jersey family is suing their neighbors for rearing the 15 year old punk who murdered their 12 year old daughter–They are also advocating making it a crime to raise a killer. There is no disputing Autumn Pasquale was strangled by a local boy, Justin Robinson, 15.  Clayton is a small town.  Robinson was known to have a predilection for stealing BMX bicycles–Autumn went missing while riding her “brand-new Odyssey BMX motocross bicycle, white with a white seat and black guns, white

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Realignment: Placer County’s 1% solution

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
Placer County RFD: Post-realignment, the Placer Sheriff's goal is to release 3400 inmates early this year, roughly 1% of the COUNTY population.
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Visit Placer County, where 1 of 100 you meet belongs in jail! Sacramento News Radio KFBK reports the end result of long-term offenders crowding the Placer County jail system, under AB109, is the early release of approximately 3,400 inmates this year–The population of Placer County is 348,432* Placer County already released some 2700 inmates last year in keeping with a federally imposed population cap.  Every long term inmate, heretofore state prisoners, directly drives jail inmates to the streets of Auburn, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville… Perhaps the release of 1 percent of the general population is a good target for

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Get out of Jail, FEE

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
Illinois Inmate Johnnie Melton lost his appeal to prevent the DOC from covering his prison term with the proceeds of his settlement of a suit alleging the wrongful death of his mother.
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Time served: Check out at the Front Desk Appellate court: Inmate must pay $20K toward his incarceration Carlos Sadovi | Chicago Tribune A Chicago man currently serving time in state prison was ordered to pay $20,000 toward his incarceration after he obtained a legal settlement from his mother’s death…Johnnie Melton, 49…must pay state officials $19,925.89. The Sept. 4 unanimous ruling found that state officials were entitled to the money for his incarceration at the Logan Correctional Center between Oct. 28, 2011 and Jan. 8, 2013. In Feb. of 2013, state officials filed a complaint against

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Aussie raids decapitate beheading conspiracy

Sep 18th, 2014 | By
Don't be caught headless when the crazy, lone-wolf jihadist near you decides exercise his freedom of expression by going Henry VIII on you.  Don't lose your head owing to a lack of well-reasoned,  irrational fear!
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Public beheading fears: Tony Abbott confirms police believed terrorists planned ‘demonstration killings’ Latika Bourke | Sydney Morning Herald Prime Minister Tony Abbott says intelligence indicates people in Australia were allegedly planning a public beheading to be carried out in the name of militant group Islamic State. …police say they have thwarted a “serious act of violence” after arresting 15 people and charging one in the wake of counter-terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday. Fairfax Media understands police will allege that the suspects were planning to snatch and behead a random member of the

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‘Correctional fatigue’

Sep 17th, 2014 | By
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Kansas Seeks To Address Prison Guard ‘Correctional Fatigue’ ALEX SMITH |Kansas City Public Media (NPR) A new program Kansas aims to improve conditions in prisons, but it’s not for inmates. The state Department of Corrections is one of many prison and jail systems around the country working to overcome “correctional fatigue” — the mental and physical stress that lead to corrections workers burning out… The Kansas Department of Corrections is hoping Dr. Caterina Spinaris can help turn things around for its staff, which includes more than 2,000 correctional officers. Spinaris is a psychologist based in

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CREDIT for time served?

Sep 16th, 2014 | By
If Senator Leno has his way,   the traditional $200 gate funds will be augmented by a Visa card.
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Offender credit rating regulations proposed Aliqua Nomina  |  Los Angles Times (AP) SACRAMENTO–State prison and jail inmates would receive state generated “positive credit reports” to the nation’s credit rating agencies under a proposal currently under review in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Dubbed the “Incarcerated Persons Credit Protection and Promotion Act of 2014,” Senate Bill-1099 was authored by San Francisco Democrat Mark Leno “to erase the double jeopardy inmates suffer at the hands of the nation’s privately held credit rating bureaucracy.” …the committee is expected to approve the bill, on a party line vote, forwarding

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Cronyism vs ‘Reverse discrimination’ in CDCR

Sep 12th, 2014 | By
There's always gonna be cars in CDCR.  AND, it's always better to be in one than under one.
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Tradition of cronyism isn’t racism…necessarily This week’s commentary relative to the promotional discrimination lawsuit of DAPO Parole Agent Andrew Mount might lead the casual reader to infer this site officially acknowledges or opposes reverse discrimination in the Agency.  This is not the case. Rather, as the following excerpt from the June 7, 2004 post “Affirmative Action revisted” attests, Paco asserts CRONYISM  is simply how things have always been done, regardless of who does the discriminating. “Prior to Affirmative Action, incompetent white males dominated CDC. Today, incompetent people of every race, creed and color dominate CDC! The

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Victim’s kin says Realignment’s what done it

Sep 11th, 2014 | By
Things may have been different if realigned offenders were bused in ICE style.
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Family Blames Prison Realignment for Brother’s Death TIA EWING | Fox 40 News STOCKTON-A Sacramento family says a loved one would still be alive, were it not for prison realignment. It’s a day Dallas Tillis will never forget, the day her phone rang and police told her Herbert Williams was dead… Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound in the middle South Lincoln Street in Stockton. From there, an all-out manhunt for the person who pulled the trigger… The homicide happened on Aug. 11. Detectives centered their investigation around 44-year-old Robert Lee White, a

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WALLmart family detention center for intruders OK’d

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
The federal government is contracting CCA to operate a family style prison, just like in Mexico.
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‘Sendero Ranch’ to be invading familias’ Send-to destination U.S. Government Okays Huge For-Profit Immigrant Detention Center Noel Brinkerhoff | AllGov.com Federal immigration officials are planning to open a mammoth detention center in Texas to hold illegal immigrant families… The South Texas Family Detention Center, which will be located 70 miles outside San Antonio, would be operated by the nation’s largest private prison company, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is preparing to hire CCA to run the 2,400-bed facility, previously partnered with the operator on the T. Don Hutto Family

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Realigned: Healthcare costs counties dearly

Sep 9th, 2014 | By
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Inevitable stuff happens The Public Eye: Health costs for counties rise with influx of inmates Brad Branan | Sacramento Bee Since the state gave counties responsibility for incarcerating lower-level offenders three years ago, health care costs at county jails have gone up dramatically – and legal actions threaten to push them even higher. The state’s 10 biggest counties spent $560 million on medical and psychological care for inmates last fiscal year, a 16 percent jump over the fiscal year that ended in 2011, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis of data provided by the counties.

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‘Ass on the glass?’ Private prison’s sex hazing ritual

Sep 8th, 2014 | By
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Lawsuit: Texas prison OKs odd sex assault (contains explicit language) Kolten Parker | San Antonio Express SAN ANTONIO – A lawsuit filed against the Corrections Corporation of America in Austin alleges the private prison company violated a former prisoner’s constitutional rights by allowing a hazing tradition called “ass on the glass” that led to a sexual assault. The suit, filed in federal district court, claims a Bartlett State Jail guard knowingly allowed the man, referred to as John Doe in the court documents, and more than 50 other prisoners to be subjected to the hazing

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Suit filed in OC death of suicidal, stomatized 51-50

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
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The Fog of ward The Sacramento Bee reports a wrongful death suit has been filed by the parents of Joseph Duran, late of Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). As noted in a January 2014 Bob Walsh post, the circumstances of the inmate-patient’s death are disconcerting. Duran was clearly attempting suicide by putting spaghetti noodles and fecal matter in his airway through the orifice of his tracheostomy, commonly known as a stoma.  At the time, the MCSP approved remedy to prevent an inmate from self-asphyxiating, by all accounts, was to introduce the asphyxiation emulator OC via an MK-9 fogger. According

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CCPOA Election Slate

Sep 4th, 2014 | By
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In order to address my Labor Day faux pas, giving short shrift to candidates in CCPOA’s upcoming elections, following is the slate of candidates posted on the union’s members only area. Clicking the CCPOA letterhead image will open a copy of the document as posted at ccpoa.org. To reiterate my position, Paco endorses no candidate. I am retired and believe the leadership of a labor union should be the sole

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Fallen Angel: Ex- CDCR Sgt’s molestation conviction

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
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Bad apple pending 292 year return engagement Former sergeant guilty of molestation Visalia Times-Delta A former correctional sergeant could spend the rest of his life in prison after a Tulare County jury found him guilty of 19 separate counts of child molestation. The jury reached its verdict Thursday afternoon, just four days after the trial started. The former state prison guard, Angel Duran, was accused of 17 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child and one count of attempted lewd acts on

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7 year old shooter shot

Sep 1st, 2014 | By
Putting aside all the death and gore, little kids and firearms really go together.
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Bad parenting trending as more kids handed guns In yet another example of why little children shouldn’t be permitted to handle firearms, the Sacramento Bee reports a 7 year old firing a “.22 caliber youth rifle on a home built firing range” in Georgetown (El Dorado County) was shot in the chest and life-flighted to the hospital–His condition is unknown. Unlike the incidents Paco posted on last week, the child

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Labor Day, CCPOA and the next play

Sep 1st, 2014 | By
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Making Do, Making Dues Paco endeavors to maintain a corrections-based website appealing to readers outside the once golden state.  More to the point, whenever the CCPOA is the topic, the commentary invariably devolves into supporters and detractors of  Mike Jimenez and Don Novey, respectively, rehashing old matters, most of which should be discussed at union meetings, not a public blog. In fact, I unpublished the PacoVilla Forums as they had become an echo chamber of the same stripe–Posts there were actually admitted as evidence by the plaintiff successfully suing CCPOA for defamation.  The site turned a profit with the Forums but it

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