Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Slain California peace officers honored in Fresno
The Fresno Bee

Rain fell as hundreds gathered in Courthouse Park in downtown Fresno on Tuesday to honor peace officers killed in the line of duty. 

Two plead not guilty to attempted murder of off-duty CIM officer
Doug Saunders and Lori Fowler, The San Bernardino Sun

SAN BERNARDINO -- Two men accused of shooting an off-duty California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony attempted murder in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

California Senate leader proposes mental health program expansions

Patrick McGreevy, The Los Angeles Times

State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) on Tuesday proposed a plan to significantly increase mental health services in California with the goal of reducing the number of people ending up in prison, jail and emergency rooms.

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County's New Chief Probation Officer Takes Helm

Valley News

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County supervisors today officially welcomed aboard the county's new chief probation officer, Mark Hake.

Springs fire burns through Sycamore Canyon parkland

Raging Springs fire chars 86 percent of Point Mugu State Park and causes $300,000 in damage. Campgrounds and trails remain closed off to the public.
Melissa Caskey, The Malibu Times

The impact of last week’s massive Springs fire was most keenly felt in Point Mugu State Park, where California State Parks officials put the cost of damage at $300,000 after the flames charred 12,000 acres and burned through dozens of park benches, custom-tailored signs, a restroom facility and a small electrical grid.


State Raises Questions About Moving Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever
Rebecca Plevin, Valley Public Radio

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court yesterday, the state Attorney General raised questions about the federal order to exclude inmates especially vulnerable to valley fever from two Central Valley prisons.

Fatal pot theft in Folsom results in 12-year prison term
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

A transient who stabbed a suspected pot thief to death two years ago in Folsom has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Murder suspect is one of four L.A. County inmates wrongly released
Three other inmates in addition to Johnny Mata have been mistakenly set free this year. Those three have been recaptured but Mata, accused of a Baldwin Park shooting in 2010, is still at large.
Richard Winton, The Los Angeles Times

A man accused of murder in a 2010 Baldwin Park gang shooting is one of four jail inmates the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has mistakenly released this year, officials revealed Tuesday.


AB 109 Realignment: Smart Justice in California Counties

[Editor's Note: April was National County Government month. During this time to highlight the tools and skills of local governments, CSAC launched its broader theme for the coming year: Smart Justice. Since Realignment, counties have found themselves as the innovators and implementers of broad responsibilities in the state’s criminal justice system. Smart Justice highlights the growth and development of programs to deal with realigned offenders and how counties are working to improve their lives and their communities.]

The state’s 2011 shift of criminal justice responsibility to counties under AB 109 has generated extensive commentary and analysis about how well it’s working. As it happens, “Smart Justice” is the theme for the National Association of Counties’ County Government Month, and counties are indeed working smarter to manage these new responsibilities.


Editorial: Brown needs to convene prison settlement talks
The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature did a heavy lift in reducing California's 33 overcrowded state prisons from 141,000 inmates to 119,000 in two years. But the effects of Brown's public safety realignment have plateaued.

Another way on California's prisons

The courts demand fewer inmates. But the state should also address the root causes of overcrowding.
The Times Editorial Board, The Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown has made it clear how unhappy he is about having to produce a plan to reduce the inmate population of California's prisons by another 9,000. Under the 2011 realignment law, the state has already lowered the prisoner count by 43,000 by diverting many would-be new prisoners to county jails and many would-be parole violators to county supervision. Besides, the governor has argued, the whole point of the court-imposed population cap — 137.5% of capacity — is to resolve serious problems with inmate medical and mental health care, and hasn't that already been done with an enormous new commitment of resources and treatment?