Monday, June 24, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Incarcerated students beat the odds, get diplomas
Stephanie Snyder, Ventura County Star

At 22 years old, Jakkia Ross does not represent the typical high school graduate, and his time leading up to receiving his diploma wasn’t quite normal, either.

Inmates injured in crash on Highway 99
The Bakersfield Californian

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that two inmates were injured in a crash involving California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation vehicles on Highway 99 just north of Stockdale Highway.

Killer of Danville teen gets life without parole; two families grieve for lost sons
Malaika Fraley, Contra Costa Times

MARTINEZ -- At the sentencing for her son's killer Friday, Karen Williams-Harmon showed off the senior portrait that 17-year-old Rylan Fuchs took for a high school graduation that he did not live to see.


California officials fight 10,000 inmates' release, ready backup plans
John Woolfolk, Mercury News 

SACRAMENTO -- A federal court order for California to shed some 10,000 inmates from its bulging prisons has set up an epic confrontation with state officials who argue it will usher a surge in crime.

Sheriff's React to Prison Inmate Release
Leah Masuda, Central Coast News

(Note: The reporter has been informed that the court has not ordered the state to reduce the prison population by 137.5 percent. Instead, the order is to reduce the population to 137.5 percent of design capacity. The reporter indicated that she would correct the online version of the story.)

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif- A panel of three federal judges said realignment, or AB 109 is moving too slowly. They have ordered the state prison system population to be reduced by 137 and a half percent by the end of the year. Governor Brown is asking for an immediate stop to the judge's orders to release those ten thousand inmates by the end of the year.

Could job training, rehab help released inmates and society?
Jose Gaspar,

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The latest battle over prison overcrowding has state and law enforcement officials in a quandary. A court ruling says California has failed to comply with reducing prison overcrowding and the state must immediately release close to 10,000 inmates.


Man in surreal Stockton murder case up for parole

Kevin Parrish, The Stockton Record

The freedom of James Mackey, after spending almost half his life in state prison for the crossbow murder of a Stockton real estate agent, could be in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown by next month.

Baby killer convict granted parole; Gov's decision overturned
Nanette Miranda, ABC 7 

SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- A convicted baby-killer is soon to be set free after a decision by Governor Jerry Brown is overturned. The 30-year-old case is back in the spotlight, as the man convicted of killing a 1-year-old child has been granted parole. 

Police: Ceres Man Shot Dead by Man on Parole
Cecilio Padilla, Fox 40 News

CERES—A 43-year-old man is dead after a shooting that looks to be the result of a love triangle, police say.

1 nabbed in parole sweep
Corey Pride, Los Banos Enterprise

A routine parole compliance search led to drugs being taken off the street and recovery of a stolen credit card, police said.


County residents among those in major pot bust

State says major operation taken down
The Recorder

SACRAMENTO – Two Tulare County residents were among four men arrested this week in connections with a major marijuana growing operation in Sacramento County.

John Lee Hooker Junior: I’m leaving the Blues behind
Chorley Guardian

John Lee Hooker Junior speaks to Tony Dewhurst

John Lee Hooker Junior was crouched on his knees, the barrel of a gun pressedhard against his temple, and shaking with fear he pleads for his life.

Matthew T. Mangino: Criminalizing mental illness
Matthew T. Mangino,

This month President Barack Obama addressed the National Conference on Mental Health. The president made it clear, “The overwhelming majority of people who suffer from mental illnesses are not violent. They will never pose a threat to themselves or others. And there are a whole lot of violent people with no diagnosable mental health issues.” 

Gosal convicted of murder in Sikh festival shooting death
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento jury convicted Gurpreet Singh Gosal of second-degree murder Friday in the shooting death of a 26-year-old man at a Sikh sports festival five years ago.


Editorial: Brown should help settle prison lawsuits
Editorial Board, Sacramento Bee

The current prison standoff between Gov. Jerry Brown and a federal three-judge panel reflects basic contradictions. Californians want tough sentencing laws, but they don't want to pay for more prisons or even for basic constitutional health care for the prisoners it houses.