Monday, April 8, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Editorial: Enough with all the scare tactics on public safety ‘realignment’
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

Be afraid, be very afraid. State Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, and the Assembly Republican Caucus want you to believe that any negative changes in crime patterns are due to Gov. Jerry Brown's public safety realignment.

Crime legislation: Focus on facts, not fear
Knee-jerk reactions often lead to flawed criminal justice laws. Calm deliberation would be better.
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

California already had what were arguably the nation's toughest sex offender laws in 2006 when voters, spurred on nightly by fear-mongering television hosts such as Nancy Grace and Bill O'Reilly, adopted this state's version of Jessica's Law. Proposition 83 required all convicted sex felons, whether violent or not, whether still on parole or not, and whether at high or low risk of reoffending, to wear electronic monitoring devices for the rest of their lives. Drafters ignored the fact that there was virtually no evidence that global positioning satellite tracking reduces the number or severity of sex crimes, and they didn't consider whether to allocate the high costs of perpetual monitoring to the state or to county governments. They didn't think through how to penalize parolees and post-parole registrants who cut off or disabled their ankle monitors.

Editorial: Probation takes big step toward making prison shift succeed

When California launched its aggressive court-ordered prison drawdown in 2011, the scariest part was the sheer speed of the transition. 

This week in Realignment: April 5, 2013
Christopher Nelson,

Much of the action this week in public safety  realignment happened in Sacramento. Some lawmakers feel that it’s time to start tweaking the basics of AB 109 while others think it’s still too early in the game to change things up.


Governor Brown Announces Appointments
Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.


'Pied Piper of new research-based legal education' chosen for 2013 Roland Volunteer Service Prize
The Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize recognizes Stanford faculty who engage and involve students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service to society.
Kathleen J. Sullivan, Stanford News

Stanford law Professor Joan Petersilia, who has won praise for her excellent teaching, generous and inspiring mentorship, rigorous social science research and decades of public service scholarship, will receive the 2013 Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize.


Clovis parents look to change California AB 109 prison realignment law

Stephanie Stone, ABC

CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) -- A group of Clovis parents is out to change the prison realignment program, which shifts convicted felons from state prisons to already overflowing county jails.


Feds retain control of Calif. prison mental health
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal judge on Friday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to regain state control of inmates' mental health care, citing systematic failures to reduce prison suicides, provide timely care and hire enough staff.
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