Friday, June 7, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Victims not keen on long prison terms
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

A survey that a crime victims' group described as the first of its kind in California yielded some findings contrary to conventional wisdom Thursday: Most victims question the benefits of imprisoning more criminals and prefer rehabilitation, education and Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment program.

South Bay residents taught lifesaving skills
Allison Sampite-Montecalvo, U-T San Diego

CHULA VISTA — Shake for a response. If there isn’t one, call 911. Then begin compressions. These were the three lifesaving steps taught Tuesday to the public at the South Bay Family YMCA in Chula Vista. 

Upset San Jose crowd begs jail officials not to restrict mail to postcards only

Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- It's not often that a burly ex-con from Pelican Bay prison cries in public, but then again, Rudy Contreras was recalling the core reason he went straight -- the voluminous letters his wife sent to the supermax prison while he was locked up.


DA to indict man for attempted murder

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office will indict a Santa Maria gang member for attempted murder of a custody deputy nearly two years ago while he was being held at the Santa Maria Courthouse holding facility.

Ex-husband gets 40 to life in hostage death
Kristina Davis, U-T San Diego

EL CAJON — A man who handcuffed and killed his ex-wife during a SWAT standoff in Alpine was sentenced Thursday to 40 years to life in prison.

Justin Meltzer, 44, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Dec. 23, 2011, shooting of 40-year-old Debra Meltzer.

Jury deadlocked on whether to free purported psychic from custody

Patrick S. Pemberton, San Luis Obispo Tribune

After a jury failed to reach a decision on whether or not he should be freed from a state hospital, a self-proclaimed psychic and karate expert will learn June 17 whether the District Attorney’s Office plans to challenge his petition for release again.

Killer's upbringing in spotlight during sentencing

Andy Furillo, Sacramento Bee

There was some discussion Thursday during the sentencing of Richard Tyrell Carter about the shortcomings in parental supervision he received before he grew big enough, according to a jury's verdict, to murder Kevin Kent Burks.

His lawyer, in a sentencing memorandum for a mitigated term for her client, wrote that the 18-year-old Carter "had insufficient adult support and supervision for his entire life."