Friday, April 26, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Caltrans Workers Hit the Highways to Clean Up California

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, members of the executive management team and maintenance workers are out on highways statewide picking up trash today and are asking all Californians for their help in the battle against litter.
Santa Barbara Independent

Today alone, Caltrans expects to haul away more than 2,500 cubic yards of trash, sweep nearly 100 tons of debris off state highways, and remove more than 16,000 square feet of graffiti.

Former state corrections official to run Sacramento County Probation Department
Brad Branan, Sacramento Bee

At the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Lee Seale played a key role in moving offenders from state to county responsibility.

Shasta County hoping to nail down fire camp contract
Alayna Shulman, The Record Searchlight,

Shasta County may be the second in the state to put local offenders to work in fire camps rather than the county’s jail or alternative custody programs.

'Sustainability in Prisons' network goes national
Second symposium convened corrections representatives from six states to share resources, ideas, and action plans for implementing sustainability-oriented practices
Paul M. Sheldon,

With the completion of its second national symposium, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the Sustainability in Prisons Project 

California bill would update law that disallows certain rape convictions when victim is single
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — California lawmakers advanced a bill Monday to close a legal loophole that allowed a rape conviction to be overturned because the woman was not married.


Live from Sacramento’s first Proposition 36 court hearing

Sacramento offender freed under new three-strikes law
Raheem F. Hosseini, Sacramento News & Review

With his freedom at stake, three-striker Aaron C. Collins decided to tell the judge an anecdote about brains in jars. But first, he cried.

Man sentenced to six life terms in Santa Cruz crime rampage, Los Gatos home invasion
Stephen Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ -- Maurice Ainsworth was sentenced Thursday to more than six life terms in prison in a 2009 home invasion and a 2010 rampage in which he shot a Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy with a stun gun and held a handgun to the head of a preschool teacher.

Three inmates walk out of Bakersfield women's minimum-security center

John Cox, The Bakersfield Californian

Three female inmates have been reported missing from a minimum-security correctional center in Bakersfield, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced early Friday.

Calif. restaurant owner sentenced after no-contest plea for near-fatal attack on homeless man
Associated Press

SALINAS, California — A Salinas restaurant owner charged with attempted murder and assault in the near-fatal beating of a homeless man has entered a no-contest plea in exchange for a nine-year sentence.

Sacramento roommate who reported killing is now suspect
Kim Minugh, Sacramento Bee

The woman who allegedly claimed she came home to find her roommate's dead body Monday afternoon is now accused of playing a more significant role in the woman's death. She didn't discover the body, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department alleges; she's the one who left it there.


No parole for killer of 18-year-old in 1978
Cathy Locke, The Modesto Bee

A man convicted of a 1978 murder near Davis will remain in prison for at least three more years.


Prisons chief says more releases could 'unravel' realignment
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

California prisons chief Jeffrey Beard says he is concerned more reductions of the state prison population would overwhelm counties already struggling with the state's 2011 realignment program.

Realignment will not affect inmate firefighting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state expects to have nearly as many inmates available to help during this year's firefighting season as it did before a two-year-old law began sending lower-level felons to county jails instead of state prisons.

LA County to state: Prison overcrowding plan can't include realignment expansion
Rina Palta, KPCC

California has about a week and a half to come up with a plan for lowering its prison population by about 9,000 additional inmates by the end of the year.

Pomona police see rise in arrests during weeks of violent crime
Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

POMONA -- Police officers have made 767 arrests in the past six weeks as they work to address a recent wave of violence in the city.

Why isn't the state tracking recidivism after realignment?

Merced Sun Star

After a year-and-a-half under public safety realignment, counties are deep into preparing plans for 2013-14. Have they done better or worse than the state in reducing re-offense rates for those convicted of nonviolent, nonserious, non-sex offenses? The jury is still out, primarily because legislators and the governor failed to include statewide collection of data. That needs to change.


Breaking Bad: Death Penalty Desperation

Jeanne Woodford, Huffington Post

What do the gas chamber, state secrets and illegally manufactured drugs all have in common? 

Clarifying – “Going to Jail”
Ukiah Daily Journal

To the Editor:  I'd like to clear up something I wrote in "Going to Jail," my reflections on a recent visit to the Mendocino County Jail.