Thursday, May 2, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California may have to move 3,000 inmates at risk for Valley fever

Sharon Bernstein, Reuters

LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2013 - As many as 3,000 prison inmates in central California deemed to be at risk from a potentially lethal lung disease endemic may need to be moved to other regions under an order from a court-appointed federal overseer.

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Keeping a murderer alive for execution?
The Garden Grove Journal

SANTA ANA (AP) – A man charged with raping and killing a woman 30 years ago in Garden Grove is being kept alive in Orange County with dialysis treatments until officials can win permission to execute him.

Sacramento jury convicts wife of first-degree murder

Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

For nearly four days, Shajia Ayobi's jury struggled with the meaning of "imminence" and whether it applied to the danger she said she feared from her husband.

Jury finds Skinhead gang member guilty of drug offenses
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A member of the Skinhead criminal street gang today was convicted by a Sacramento County jury of manufacturing and transporting methamphetamine, and possessing methamphetamine for sale.


Is Parole the Answer for Overcrowding in California Prisons?
Governor Jerry Brown has until Thursday to release a plan for reducing prison overcrowding in California. Releasing more inmates may not be popular, but one law professor says it could be the way to go.
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

About 30 thousand inmates are serving life sentences in California prisons. Of those inmates, more than 9,000 are currently eligible for parole.  UCLA Law Professor Sharon Dolovich says if the state is looking to reduce its prison population that might be a good place to start.


Board of supervisors seizes oversight of Sacramento’s prison-realignment funds
County officials now with direct say on how to spend criminal-justice dollars
Raheem F. Hosseini, Sacramento News & Review

In a move with lasting implications for how Sacramento spends its criminal-justice dollars, last week the county board of supervisors snatched budgetary authority from a panel whose decisions are under scrutiny.

Realignment Perplexing Police
Daniel Mintz, The Arcata Eye

HUMBOLDT – Local police officials have noted spikes in property theft crimes and a state-funded data-sharing effort between police departments to get to the bottom of it is being launched.


Death penalty changes rejected

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Prosecutor-backed legislation to shorten death penalty appeals in California, and bring back the gas chamber, has been rejected by a state Senate committee.


Bay Area growth pushes Calif. population near 38M
Juliet Williams, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's population grew by almost 300,000 last year to nearly 38 million people, with the San Francisco Bay Area leading the growth, the state Department of Finance reported Wednesday.