Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


State holding onto millions of dollars for crime victims: $2M owed to SD victims
State system makes it tough to locate victims
Cristin Severance, ABC 10 NEWS

SAN DIEGO - Team 10 discovered the state of California is holding onto millions of dollars owed to crime victims, and Troubleshooter Cristin Severance explains what's causing the delay.

SEIU Local 1000 says tentative labor agreement includes raises
Sacramento Bee

The state's largest public employees union says it bargained a new contract with Gov. Jerry Brown that includes an across-the-board pay raise of 4.5 percent over 3 years.

Fire burning in San Gorgonio Wilderess

The Hathaway fire burning north of Banning in the San Gorgonio Wilderness is 15 percent contained.

The fire was reported just before noon June 9 and has burned 1,500 acres. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. It started on the northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation. The fuels have been impacted by drought and bark beetle, according to Forest Service officials.

Harsher Sentencing Guidelines Can’t Be Used for Old Offenses, Justices Say
Adam Liptak, New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a 5-to-4 decision that broke along ideological lines, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that courts violate the Constitution when they rely on current federal sentencing guidelines if those guidelines call for harsher punishment than the ones in place at the time of the offense.

Santa Clara County grand jury indicts 48 alleged members of Nuestra Familia street regiment
Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- In Santa Clara County's largest gang case to date, a criminal grand jury has indicted 48 alleged members of a Nuestra Familia street regiment on 77 charges ranging from selling methamphetamine to murder.


Condemned murderer of elderly woman dies of natural causes
Courtenay Edelhart, Bakersfield Californian

An inmate condemned for the fatal 2007 beating of a 90-year-old Bakersfield woman died, June 2 of natural causes, Corcoran State Prison announced Monday.

Los Angeles jury recommends death for gang member in killings of 4 people, including boy
Linda Deutsch, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The third Los Angeles jury to hear penalty evidence against a man convicted of four gang killings recommended death Monday for Charles Ray Smith in a case that involved the murder of a 10-year-old boy.

S.J. judge overturns jury's death sentence
Childhood abuse cited; prosecutor expresses shock
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Recordnet.com

STOCKTON - A San Joaquin County Superior Court judge on Monday unexpectedly overturned a jury's decision to send a man to death row for killing a prison cellmate, the second time he'd killed a cellmate.


California's Great Prison Experiment

Following a landmark court ruling, the state is on deadline to release tens of thousands of people from prison. Is it succeeding?
Tim Stelloh, The Nation

On February 22, 1998, Pete Gallagher arrived at Building 13 at Solano State Prison in Vacaville, California. It was Gallagher’s thirteenth year behind bars, and he’d already done time in Chino, Folsom, San Quentin and, most recently, the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility outside San Diego. Building 13 was large, open, fluorescent-lit and crammed with double bunks. Inmates were everywhere. It reminded Gallagher of a warehouse or a military barracks. He took one look, then found a corrections officer. “I’m not going to live like this,” he told him. “Take me to the hole.”


A Conservative Case for Prison Reform

Richard A. Viguerie, New York Times

MANASSAS, Va. — CONSERVATIVES should recognize that the entire criminal justice system is another government spending program fraught with the issues that plague all government programs. Criminal justice should be subject to the same level of skepticism and scrutiny that we apply to any other government program.

Sacramento County sheriff warns of big patrol cuts at budget hearing

Brad Branan, The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones warned supervisors Monday he would have to slash patrol services nearly in half to absorb a proposed $10 million cut in his budget.