Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California rolling back lengthy prison sentences for some juvenile offenders
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan has dealt with David Dewayne Griffin before.
When the 23-year-old was a teenager who had been convicted of five felonies, including attempted murder, she imposed a prison sentence so long – 85 years to life – that he won't be eligible for parole until he's 99 years old.

inmates told to prove it
Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

State prison officials are taking the offensive, calling on inmates to prove they are truly on a hunger strike that is drawing national attention to their campaign against indefinite solitary confinement designed to thwart prison gangs.  

2,500 inmates still on hunger strike, Lancaster on lockdown
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- The number of California inmates continuing a statewide hunger strike hovered at 2,500 on Tuesday, as prison medical workers worked to finish the first round of health checks.


Dan Walters: Jerry Brown channels George Wallace

The Sacramento Bee

George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama, became a national political figure on his pledge to "stand in the schoolhouse door" to preserve "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."


Glendale parolee arrested on assault charge

Man who murdered his mother allegedly beat a neighbor on his head.
Veronica Rocha, Glendale News

A 33-year-old male parolee who was convicted of killing his mother has been charged again, this time for allegedly hitting a neighbor over the head with a piece of metal, officials said.


Officials: Local jails could feel crunch with more prisoners released by end of 2013

County jails could see up to 800 new felons

Melissa Mecija, 10 News

**Note, In fiscal year 2011-2012, San Diego received almost $28 million
In fiscal year 2012-2013, San Diego received $60.3 million
This fiscal year 2013-2014, San Diego received $71.2 million**

SAN DIEGO - Up to 800 new prisoners could be transferred from California prisons to local jails by the end of the year, according to top law enforcement in San Diego County.

Stockton hires nine police officers; federal grant to hire more kicks in

The Stockton Record

STOCKTON – The Stockton Police Department announced nine new hires Tuesday, giving the department the staffing levels required to access federal grant money that will allow the city to hire 17 additional officers, authorities said.

Former gang member shares story through drama in Pasco
Tyler Richardson, Tri-City Herald

Art Blajos says his life changed as he sat in a maximum security jail cell, waiting for the appropriate time to kill the man next to him. 

DNA solves 1988 killing near Fort Bragg
Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle

(07-16) 17:48 PDT MENDOCINO COUNTY -- Mendocino County and state investigators have solved the 25-year-old murder of a young woman by using advanced DNA technology - and the killer turns out to have been the man deputies always suspected, officials said Tuesday.


Why court's Calif. inmate release mandate is dangerous!
10,000 prisoners may be on the street by the end of this calendar year that would not otherwise have been released from custody
Bob Walsh,

With the exception of a new prison hospital of 1,722 beds about to open very soon, the formerly great state of California has not opened a new prison in many, many years. They have retasked one women’s prison to house men and have done some other shuffling, including housing several thousand inmates in out-of-state contract beds. They have brought virtually no new beds on line. That, along with harsher sentencing laws and other issues, has brought about a significant increase in the number of persons in custody over a long period of time.