D.A.’s Urge Lawmakers for Funds for Early Education Programs

By Cindy Scharr, Delaware County Daily Times CHESTER — District attorneys from Southeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday urged state and federal lawmakers to increase funding for early education programs for at-risk children in an effort to boost high school graduation rates

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CA School And Prison Funding Demand Review, Advocates Say

By Olivia Niland As California Gov. Jerry Brown continues to emphasize a commitment to shrinking state prison populations and reinvesting in California’s flagging K-12 public school system, advocates on both sides of the issue are calling for a reevaluation of

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Stevie Vigil Charged

Dianne Frazee-Walker

Stevie Vigil, childhood friend and aspiring plus-size model has been charged for providing the gun Evan Ebel used on March 19 to kill Tom Clements, Colorado Correctional Chief.

22 year-old Stevie Marie Vigil of Commerce City, Colorado was indicted by a grand jury last Friday on one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.  Stevie Vigil / Photo courtesy canoncitydailyrecord.com 

Vigil is accused of a “straw purchase” of a 9mm Smith & Wesson hand gun for $611.97 cash.  She allegedly handed the gun over to 28-year-old Evan Ebel, a member of the white supremacy gang 211 Crew and convicted felon. Ebel spent most of his adult life serving time in prison for robberies, menacing, weapons charges, and assault on a correctional officer.

Ebel allegedly took the gun and went on a shooting spree, killing Nathan Leon, pizza delivery driver, along with Tom Clements, Chief of Colorado Prisons. Ebel’s life ended in a shoot-out with police in Texas.

Ebel was released from prison in January and placed on parole after a long stretch of solitary confinement with no significant rehabilitation. Five days after his release he cut-off his ankle bracelet. On March 19, Ebel allegedly shot pizza delivery driver, Nathan Leon for his uniform. He drove to Clements’ house in Colorado Springs, knocked on Clements’s door posing as a pizza delivery man. Ebel shot Clements’s point blank in the head when he answered his door.  

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Daniel Chong’s Ordeal

By Dianne Frazee-Walker

UC San Diego engineering student, 24-year-old Daniel Chong did not expect a night of partying with his friends to almost end his life. Chong was an innocent bystander of a drug raid who was taken into custody by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), questioned, detained in a small holding cell, and forgotten for five-days.

Attorney Eugene Iredale, Chong’s attorney, claims holding his client hand-cuffed without food, water or a bathroom for four and a half days constitutes torture under international and domestic law.

Iredale responded to his client’s five-day ordeal with a five-page demand notice to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s general counsel in suburban Washington D.C. The response requests that all federal agencies preserve any evidence related to the case, including video, interview notes and written reports.

Iredale is seeking a 20 million dollar settlement Daniel Chong / Image courtesy metro.usin the law-suit. This whopping figure was assessed by Chong’s attorney because legally a claim needs to be made. Chong has nothing to do with the decision. 20 million dollars is the assessed ceiling amount.  

Chong was at a friend’s house in University City on April 21st when a significant amount of ecstasy, mushrooms, and marijuana was seized by narcotics task force agents at the residence. Chong was found to be uninvolved with the drugs. Negligence on the part of jail administration to perform regular security checks left Chong resorting to drinking his own urine to stay alive. Chong became so dehydrated that his delusional state caused him to eat his broken glasses.

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Pay-To-Stay Jail

By Yahoo News

Some prisoner’s in Northern California are upgrading to better living spaces – but only if they’ve got the cash to pay.

That’s because a jail in Fremont is offering prisoners the chance to pay-as-they-go for a cell in the prison . And the rent isn’t cheap, running $155 a night, the same as a local three star hotel, according to local affiliate WTKR. 

“You do get cable TV, but you don’t get a warm cookie on your bed,” Lt. Mark Devine, of the Fremont Police Department told the station.

The $10 million minimum security prison is far from luxurious with standard prison beds, shared bathroom and shower space. But it does come with various recreational options, including a HD widescreen TV.

Built in 2000, the prison facility has 54 beds and can house up to 96 inmates at a time.

And the space is only eligible to misdemeanor offenders who receive prior approval from a judge.

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Update: Yanira Maldonado Released

By Dianne Frazee-Walker

A week ago, Yanira Maldonado, a 42 year-old-mother of seven, was sitting in a Mexican jail not knowing if she would return home or be exported to Mexican prisons the rest of her life never to be found by her family.

Yanira was arrested 2 weeks ago when Mexican authorities stopped the bus she and her husband were traveling in on their way home from her aunt’s funeral to Goodyear, a suburb of Phoenix. The bus was stopped at a military check-point 90 miles from the Mexican border. Military police ordered all passengers off the bus and rushed onto the vehicle.   Photo courtesy kmbc.com

Hours earlier, Maldonado and her husband Gary were the last passengers to board the bus. Yanira sat in seat 39 and Mr. Maldonado sat in seat 40.

When Mexican officials searched the bus they found 12 pounds of Marijuana neatly packaged and taped under seats 39 (Yanira’s seat) and seat 42  located directly behind her seat.

The passenger sitting in seat 42 fled the scene. Gary Maldonado, Yanira’s husband, who was sitting next to her in seat 42 was escorted by police for questioning. Yanira, not wanting to leave her husband’s side begged officials to allow her to come along and translate since her husband does not speak Spanish. Yanira is a naturalized American born in Mexico. The police decided to release Mr. Maldonado and arrest Yanira.

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