Friday, June 21, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


UPDATE 2-Judges tell California to cut prisoner count by 10,000

Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

(Reuters) - A panel of federal judges ordered California on Thursday to ease overcrowding in state prisons by reducing the number of inmates by about 10,000 this year, and criticized in harsh terms what they described as foot-dragging in dealing with the matter.

Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates.

Monterey County sheriff says jail won't take any more state prisoners after judges order their release
Sheriff vows to fight if inmates ordered housed
Julia Reynolds, The Monterey County Herald

The reactions of local criminal justice leaders ranged from shocked to inspired to defiant Thursday after federal judges ordered California to immediately begin further reducing the prison population, even if it means waiving state laws to do so. 

Southern California police say they need more resources to confront potential inmate releases
Andrew Edwards and Brian Charles, The Daily Breeze

A court order that could, in what may be considered a worst-case scenario, lead to the early release of thousands of state prison inmates prompted outrage from Southern California police leaders, as well as liberal and conservative politicians who decried the ruling as a threat to public safety.

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Imperial Council drops inmate contract
Alejandro Davila, Imperial Valley Press

IMPERIAL — Centinela State Prison inmates won't be doing park maintenance and landscaping for the city's common areas starting in July, the City Council determined Wednesday.

Death Row's William A. Noguera, 'But He Was One Of Us...'
Walter Pavlo, Forbes

As we celebrate graduations across the country, many of us take time to look back on our own lives from years ago and wonder, “Whatever happened to ___ (fill in the blank).”  Facebook has helped many of us fulfill that curiosity with a 10 minute ‘creeping‘ of our former classmates’ profiles.  I know that is all I need, no class reunions for me.

Orange County woman sentenced in Mother's Day family shooting that killed husband, wounded son
The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, California — Prosecutors say an Orange County woman has been sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for shooting her husband to death and wounding their 16-year-old son on Mother's Day.


Parole denied DUI driver in death of Huntington Beach police detective
Orange County Breeze

The following information was released by the Orange County District Attorney.

The Board of Parole Hearings (Board), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation denied parole for three years yesterday, June 19, 2013, for an inmate convicted of murdering an off-duty detective by crashing into his vehicle while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Richard Gene Gonzales, 63, is currently being held at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville. The case was originally prosecuted by then-Deputy District Attorney Thomas Goethals.

Registered sex offender suspected of stealing women's wallets at South Bay stores
Larry Altman, The Daily Breeze

A registered sex offender suspected of stealing wallets out of women's purses and shopping carts at South Bay supermarkets was arrested in El Segundo, police said Thursday.


Peace Ambassadors Graduate to a life of Peacemaking (Community Voices)
Urban Peace Movement, Oakland Local

On Monday June 17th, Urban Peace Movement held a graduation for the Peace Ambassadors. For the past eight months, they had been meeting to strategize about ending violence. The youth shared meals and got to know each other beyond school campuses and bus stops. They discussed the most challenging issues facing Oakland today, and came up with creative ways to address them.

Sir Richard Branson joins Filner on drug panel
Diane Bell, UT San Diego

Mayor Bob Filner stopped short of calling for decriminalization of all drug use but took a strong stand on local governments’ right to choose how to address the issue.

He was on a panel with British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, who speaks passionately about our country’s failed war on drugs. Branson arranged for Thursday’s town hall-style discussion of the issue following a screening of the documentary, “Breaking the Taboo” at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Sacramento police unveil virtual neighborhood watch program
Jack Newsham, The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Police Department has partnered with a social networking website to foster what it calls a "virtual neighborhood watch program."

The Police Department's partnership with neighborhood networking website Nextdoor comes on the heels of the department's new app for the iPhone.

Violent crime rises 20% in Roseville, say FBI data

Ed Fletcher and Phillip Reese, The Sacramento Bee

Driven mainly by a sharp increase in robberies, Roseville experienced a nearly 20 percent increase in violent crime last year, according to new FBI statistics.

Roseville police reported 293 violent crimes in 2012, up from 248 in 2011. Reported robberies nearly doubled to 84 robberies from 43 the year before.