Dan Bernstein, Press Enterprise
“The issue is going to trial,” said attorney Brenda Miller, “and what a waste of money. We’re going to spend a minimum of $10,000 for a guy who’s doing life. ”
Miller was talking about her client, Raul Loredo Rodriguez, of Ironwood State Prison. He got 15-to-life for second-degree murder in 1994. A few months ago, he was charged with possession of .6 gram of pot.
Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle
When Douglas "Chief" Stankewitz arrived on San Quentin's Death Row for shooting a young woman point-blank in the head in Fresno, he was 20 years old and totally alone.Capital punishment had just been restored in California, and he was the first one back on the stone-and-steel block of cages - number one, in the number one cell. That was 34 years ago. Stankewitz is still there.
Kent Porter, San Jose Mercury News
A 3,600-acre fire in the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles chewed through thick brush in steep terrain that hadn’t burned in two decades amid hot, dry conditions.
Doug Keeler, Midway Driller
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has once again delayed action on a proposed contract that would reopen the Taft Community Correctional Facility.The $75 million agreement, if approved, would allow the city to re-open the CCF, creating about 50 new jobs and replacing the revenue the city lost a year ago when the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation removed state inmates from the CCF under the prison realignment of AB 109.
Frank Stoltze, KPCC
On this compliance check in North Hollywood, Bob describes his two trips to prison — for burglary and receiving stolen property. He asked we not use his last name. He says parole was a “nightmare” with more frequent visits than in the current system.
Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News
According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division, the AB 109 era has coincided with a sharp uptick in serious crime, including violent incidents, at least in Downtown. Officials attribute part of the jump to individuals recording multiple arrests in short time periods.