Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


On California Prisons, It's The Governor Vs. The Courts

Richard Gonzales,

California Gov. Jerry Brown is locked in a legal battle over control of his state's prison system. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling ordering the state to drastically reduce its prisoner population. Brown claims the state has made substantial progress, but the governor has stopped short of complying fully with the court order.

Federal Courts Order California Prisons: Increase Space or Release Prisoners
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation already reduced population by 25,000, but federal courts say it's not enough
Heather Navarro, 4 NBC

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered California prisons to present a plan by Thursday to get rid of 9,000 prisoners to aid in the overcrowding problem, officials said Monday.

Gov. Jerry Brown seeks new prison beds in California
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown is pursuing a prison contract in California, too small to meet federal orders to reduce crowding, but enough to help Brown end the shipment of inmates to for-profit prisons out of state.


Stanislaus County can help realignment work
Modesto Bee

STANISLAUS COUNTY -- Public safety realignment — making counties responsible for housing and supervising most low-level felons — is not working well, but neither is it the cause of, as one Republican senator claims, "the carnage that's occurring on our streets."

GPS-Tampering Bill Amended to Work with Prison Realignment Plan
Shawn M. Griffiths, IVN.US

The state Senate Public Safety Committee passed SB 57 on Tuesday which, if signed into law, will send convicted sex offenders back to prison for repeatedly removing their GPS tracking devices. The bill, authored by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), was amended to work with Governor Brown’s prison realignment plan.


California Inmate Coffee-Roasters Lose as Prisons Shrink
James Nash, Bloomberg

California (STOCA1)’s prison industries program, which includes ventures from coffee-roasting to furniture-making, is the largest such U.S. effort to give felons a life after lockup. Yet Governor Jerry Brown’s very success in reducing inmate overcrowding is endangering it. 

Court blocks release of three-strikes inmate
Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times

An appellate court on Tuesday blocked the release of a three-strikes prisoner whose sentence was reduced under a California ballot measure approved last year, concluding that prosecutors have the right to oppose resentencing of third strikers they believe are too dangerous.

Hawaii man convicted in 1987 killing of larger-than-life Orange County strip club owner
Associated Press

SANTA ANA, California — More than a quarter-century after the killing, a man from Hawaii was convicted Tuesday of murdering the famously flamboyant owner of a Southern California topless nightclub.

4 found guilty of murder in fatal shooting of man in Berkeley, deaths of 2 other men
Associated Press

BERKELEY, California — Four men are facing life behind bars after a jury found them guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a man in Berkeley and the deaths of two other men during a subsequent police chase.

State prisons won't rush to move inmates at risk for Valley Fever
Julie Small, KPCC

Despite a directive from the federal receiver who oversees California prison healthcare, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections says the agency will not immediately transfer about 3,300 inmates from two Central Valley prisons rife with Valley Fever.

Valley fever spurs inmate transfer order
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

(04-30) 12:46 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The federal manager of health care in California's prisons directed prison officials Monday to transfer 3,300 inmates out of two San Joaquin Valley prisons because they are at high risk of valley fever, which has killed dozens of state inmates.

Experts hail step to move at-risk inmates out of valley fever hot spots
Rachel Cook and Rebecca Plevin, The Bakersfield Californian

The day after a federal receiver ordered two state prisons to exclude inmates especially vulnerable to valley fever, experts hailed the directive as a step toward

AP Exclusive: Calif. prisons spend big on anti-psychotics for inmates; fear of lawsuits cited
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Under federal court oversight, California's prison mental health system has been spending far more on anti-psychotic drugs than other states with large prison systems, raising questions about whether patients are receiving proper treatment.

Scientific advances help disprove arson in 1997 Modesto fire

J.N. Sbranti , The Modesto Bee

MODESTO -- Stanislaus County prosecutors were so persuasive, their evidence so overwhelming and their witnesses so convincing that it took jurors only a couple of hours to find George Souliotes guilty of triple murder and arson.

Field worker pleads guilty to insurance fraud

The Californian

After claiming for three years she damaged her hand desperately enough she was unable to even drive, a field worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to making false statements that allowed her to reap the benefits of workers’ compensation.