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February 12, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
In an unusual action, former Santa Barbara County Sheriff James Thomas intervened on behalf of a convicted killer and helped persuade a judge Tuesday to send him to a juvenile facility rather than state prison. Thomas, in a letter to Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge William L. Gordon, said he was a close friend of the father of the defendant, Graham Pressley, 19, who was 17 when he dug the grave for a boy slain in a bid to collect on a drug debt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2002 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after sex scandals and mismanagement prompted broad reform at California's only coed juvenile prison, a new state investigation has found "serious problems" at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility and recommended it either be limited to only female inmates or possibly closed. The highly critical audit by Inspector General Steve White cites a host of administrative problems at the Camarillo youth prison, many related to the need to separate male and female prisoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2002 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-year-old Ventura boy who participated in the beach-side slaying of a homeless man last summer will be sent to the California Youth Authority, not a treatment center for troubled teens, a judge ruled Monday. Ventura County Superior Court Judge John E. Dobroth told lawyers he was not convinced the three-year program sought by the defense would rehabilitate Rocky Mattley as he struggles with anger and aggression brought on by an unstable family life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 19-year-old California Youth Authority ward who collapsed and died this week while playing basketball in Camarillo has been identified as Roshawn Trotter, authorities said Wednesday. Trotter, who was from San Bernardino County, collapsed at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility early Sunday evening. Authorities said cardiac arrest was the cause and that the death was not suspicious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2002
A 19-year-old ward of the California Youth Authority from San Bernardino County died after collapsing during a basketball game at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. Ventura County sheriff's and coroner's officials were working Monday to determine what caused his death Sunday night. His name had not been released by Monday afternoon. "Witnesses confirmed no one was even near him when he collapsed," said sheriff's spokesman Eric Nishimoto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's prison system for juveniles is pushing academics as never before, enforcing rigorous course requirements such as algebra and geometry on adolescents who are probably the most difficult to educate. But even as these efforts seem to be improving the lives of many California Youth Authority wards, they are creating conflicts that test the ideal that education should leave no child behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old ward at a California Youth Authority facility in Norwalk has been found dead of an apparent suicide in a case certain to draw new attention to the agency's safety procedures. Although the death of the teenager would be the first suicide in more than 1 1/2 years at a CYA facility, authorities were scrambling to determine how the youth, unidentified because of his age, could have hanged himself Thursday night in a room equipped with a video camera.
NEWS
December 2, 2000 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's 11 youth prisons must improve medical and psychiatric clinics for 7,500 prisoners within the next two years under a court order issued this week. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ronald Evans Quidachay ordered improvements at California Youth Authority clinics, saying he was not convinced the agency would make legally required improvements without "coercion."
NEWS
October 4, 2000 | JAMES RAINEY and TIPTON BLISH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A San Bernardino Superior Court jury convicted inmate James Ferris on Tuesday in the 1996 murder of counselor Ineasie M. Baker at the California Youth Authority prison in Chino. Ferris, 29, faces a possible death sentence for stabbing and strangling Baker, a crime that some experts say led to a more severe and authoritarian regime in the youth prison system statewide. The jury is expected to begin hearing arguments in the penalty phase of the case next month.
NEWS
June 21, 2000 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a broiling summer day four years ago, someone trapped a youth counselor in a mop closet at the young men's prison in Chino, then stabbed and strangled her. The killing of Ineasie M. Baker was at once unprecedented--the first of a peace officer in the history of the 55-year-old California Youth Authority--and yet somehow in keeping with the climate of the increasingly violent institution. The inmate accused of killing Baker went on trial for murder here last week.
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