Thursday, May 30, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Realignment results
Reports say state prison plan is working
Tom Gascoyne, Chico News and Review

Two recently released reports indicate that, despite some political claims to the contrary, the state’s prisoner-realignment effort is working both locally and statewide. Based on Assembly Bill 109, and triggered by order of the U.S. Supreme Court, the realignment has reduced the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons by about 28,000 since October 2011 by sending low-level felons to county jails rather than into state custody.


Constitutional crisis coming over prisons?
Thomas D. Elias, The Coast News

Rarely since the Civil War have state officials anywhere in America been as close to openly defying federal authority as Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are today.


Sacramento Skinheads gang member sentenced to 75 years on meth charges
Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has sentenced a white supremacist to more than 75 years in prison after a jury convicted him of distributing methamphetamine to benefit the Sacramento Skinheads street gang.


Parole Board Reversal by Former Gov. Schwarzenegger Didn't Violate Ex Post Facto
Albert Samaha, San Francisco Weekly

In 1987, Jeffrey Biggs was convicted of murder. A judge sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. In 1988, California passed Proposition 89, which gave the governor power to reverse parole-board decisions involving prisoners locked up for murder.


Why the Producer of "The Hangover Part III" Spends So Much Time in Prison

Scott Budnick, the man behind the blockbuster comedy franchise, is a tireless advocate for incarcerated kids.
Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones

The past few weeks have been particularly busy ones for Scott Budnick, the 36-year-old executive producer of the hilarious, cringe-inducing, and incredibly lucrative Hangover film franchise. In case you hadn't noticed, this is opening weekend for The Hangover Part III, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms. It is almost certain to kick ass at the box office—at least so long as they didn't let Mike Tyson sing again.

Bakersfield shooting suspect arrested

Suspect served full term in prison
Denise Charles, 23 ABC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting that happened Wednesday morning.

Monterey County Jail report says low staffing, poor facilities pose risk
Report cites low staffing, poor facilities
Julia Reynolds, The Monterey County Herald

An independent report assessing conditions at Monterey County Jail said low staffing levels combined with an outdated, labyrinthine building design pose serious risks for staff and inmates.

The State Worker: California employee retirements are rising
Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

California will likely bid farewell to more than 10,000 state employees by the end of this year as a range of factors – from age to the economy to politics – prods them to retire.