Friday, May 10, 2013

Daily Corections Clips


The magic number
California hasn’t emptied its prisons enough, but it is trying
The Economist

Is it unreasonable for California’s state prisons to operate at 137.5% of their capacity? Yes, suggests Jerry Brown; unreasonably restrictive. Last week the governor, under duress, unveiled a plan to reduce the prison population to something closer to what he calls this “somewhat arbitrary” figure. Democrats and Republicans alike agreed with him that this was a terrible idea. But that arbitrary number was insisted on by the Supreme Court two years ago, and the ruling was upheld in April.

Brown’s Prison Appeal has a Fair Shot at US Supreme Court
Joel Fox, Fox and Hounds

Governor Jerry Brown’s effort to meet federal court orders to improve health care for prisoners and reduce the prison population has received a thumbs down from a federal court panel, so Brown said he would appeal to the Unites States Supreme Court. The thinking here is that the governor has a decent shot at the high court agreeing that California has made sufficient advances to relieve the problem.


Maldonado's 'early release' repeal targets wrong offender

Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

Abel Maldonado made it clear that his campaign against Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment program is about stopping criminals like Jerome Rogers, the 57-year-old transient accused of killing an elderly San Bernardino County woman.

Critics slam GOPer Maldonado’s latest move as a “Willie Horton” misstep
Carla Marinucci, The San Francisco Chronicle

The 2014 governor’s race isn’t even officially kicked off, and Republican former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado has kicked up a storm of controversy, thanks to a press conference that’s already being slammed as his “Willie Horton” moment.

Capitol Alert: NAACP state president accuses Abel Maldonado of using 'racial politics'
David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

Abel Maldonado's campaign for governor has stumbled even before the former lieutenant governor officially declares his candidacy.

Former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado discusses plans for measure to repeal realignment

Andrew Edwards, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

FONTANA -- Possible Republican gubernatorial candidate Abel Maldonado appeared in Fontana today to call attention to his plans for a ballot measure that would repeal realignment, a controversial policy that requires local authorities to houses and monitor some offenders who would otherwise be sent to state prison. 

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Fire Camps Eager For Influx of Inmates
Thousands of California inmates are already serving in fire camps and Governor Jerry Brown is proposing adding more to their ranks. That could improve fire safety and save the state money.
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

California's long, busy fire season has already begun. And this year there may be more people on the fire line. Governor Jerry Brown has proposed sending 1250 more inmates to state fire camps in the effort to ease prison overcrowding.

Ankle Bracelet Escapee Ordered to Prison
Steven Kunes Cut Off Electronic Monitoring Device Last August
Chris Meagher, The Santa Barbara Independent

Screenwriter-turned-conman Steven Kunes is headed to prison for at least two and a half years after admitting he cut off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet last summer.

Man gets life without parole for killing mother, putting her in septic tank in Chico
Ryan Olson,

OROVILLE -- A man convicted of killing his mother and placing the body in a septic tank in 2011 was sentenced Thursday to life in state prison without possibility of parole.


Calif. Search Grows for Suspect in Family Killing
The Associated Press

A northern California region marked by towering redwood trees and mountains rising out of the Pacific is the focus of an intensive search for a suspect in the shooting deaths of his wife and two young daughters.

Valley Fever Throws Baseball a Curve
Fifteen Major League Baseball teams bring players to Arizona for spring training every year where the athletes are exposed to a lung disease that's on the rise as the region's climate warms and dries.
Brian Bienkowski, The Daily Climate 

Conor Jackson had a big bat and a bright future. But after he contracted a rare illness in 2009 while playing with the Arizona Diamondbacks he was never quite the same.


Dan Walters: Can crime again be big issue in California?
The Sacramento Bee

Crime dominated California's political landscape during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s before giving way to other preoccupations.