Monday, April 15, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


A Mother's Fight Against 3 Strikes Law 'A Way of Life'

Ina Jaffe, NPR

Since the November election, 240 California prisoners facing potential life sentences have been set free. That's because voters changed California's tough three strikes sentencing law.

California's dormant death penalty system faces another legal test
Howard Mintz,

Now more than seven years since the last execution in California, the state this week will try again to revive its dormant death penalty system in an appeals court considering the latest legal tangle over San Quentin's lethal injection procedures.

Tim Rutten: California on track to stop killing its own
Tim Rutten, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

We don't usually expect to see the United States near the top of any responsible organization's list of human rights violators.

Racist gang 'growing' in Sonoma, neighboring counties

Paul Payne, The Press Democrat

Sonoma County's homegrown white supremacist gang, the Barbarian Brotherhood, was flying mostly under the radar until it made headlines with a knife attack on two black men outside a Santa Rosa McDonald's.


Trial to expose East Bay prison gang's secrets
Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times

MARTINEZ -- It has taken more than five years, but an alleged prison gang leader's trial begins Monday, likely to expose the underbelly of prison gangs operating within East Bay jails, an allegedly corrupt cop, missing police documents and the defendant's own adept legal mind.


Calif. gov.'s appeal of prison ruling could be difficult given Supreme Court's support

Judy Lin,  Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown's continued defiance of a federal court order to reduce the state's inmate population could face a difficult time in the appeals process because the U.S. Supreme Court has already weighed in on the matter, a legal expert said Friday.

Jerry Brown says lawyers reviewing prison decision 'very carefully'

Anthony York, Los Angeles Times

SHANGHAI -- California Gov. Jerry Brown said he has asked his lawyers to review a new order from a panel of federal judges that would require the state to reduce its prison population by 10,000 inmates and said he planned to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Criminal realignment costing Humboldt bail bonds companies
Catherine Wong, The Times-Standard

Local bail bond agents say the California prison realignment law Gov. Jerry Brown signed two years ago has been a major hit to their businesses.


Quick action by police nets two burglary suspects
The Recorder

Porterville police officers responding to a report of a burglary in progress just before noon on Friday captured two men they believe were responsible for a residential burglary that had just occurred.


Editorial: Troublesome prison shift is accelerating
The Record Searchlight

If you thought there were a lot of rough characters wandering the streets these days, wait till you see what the rest of the year brings.