Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Justice Kennedy to decide fate of 9000 inmates at California prisons
Press TV

The fate of more than 9,000 inmates languishing in California’s prisons is once again in the hands of US Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who will decide whether they must be released because of overcrowding.


Stanislaus County approves funding for realignment
Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee

MODESTO — Stanislaus County supervisors had reservations Tuesday about approving a third-phase spending plan for public safety realignment.

The plan developed by an executive committee from law enforcement and criminal justice will spend more than $1 million above a $14.5 million state allocation for realignment efforts in Stanislaus County this year.

SLO County gets positive prisoner realignment report
Early data shows costs covered, uptick in jail violence
April Charlton, The Santa Maria Times

Nearly two years into a plan to shift responsibility for low-level state prisoners to county jails, San Luis Obispo County officials are reporting positive results for local implementation of the state-mandated program.

State Attempts to Track Effect of Realignment

Julie Small, Valley Public Radio

A state board agreed this week to partner with the Public Policy Institute of California to examine the effects of a change to the state’s criminal justice policy called realignment.

Yolo County justice system ruled by meth
Don Frances, Daily Democrat

Spend some time in the courtroom of Commissioner Janene Beronio and the prevalence of methamphetamine use in Yolo County becomes clear.


California officials, inmate advocates discuss hunger strike
Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- Inmate advocates were left disappointed by their conversation with California prison officials Tuesday, the first such meeting since a statewide hunger strike began two weeks ago.

Rockefeller impostor convicted of murder loses bid for delay in sentencing

Linda Deutsch, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A Rockefeller impostor convicted in a California cold-case murder appeared in court as his own lawyer Tuesday and failed to delay his sentencing.


Parolee sought in Sacramento fire and deaths found dead in south state
Kurt Chirbas, The Sacramento Bee

Abraham Felmley, the parolee named as a person of interest in the Florin-area house fire that claimed the lives of his grandfather and uncle, was one of two men found dead Tuesday afternoon in Huntington Beach, police said.

Police: Parolee falls short of grilling ribs stolen from Fremont supermarket

Natalie Neysa Alund, Bay Area News Group

FREMONT -- A Brentwood parolee who police say got caught stealing BBQ ribs from a local Safeway and threatened to shoot an employee there was nabbed at a relative's nearby apartment before he could start grilling the stolen meat.


Former San Quentin warden to speak on abolishing the death penalty

Marin Independent Journal

Jeanne Woodford, a former warden of San Quentin state prison, will speak about her statewide campaign to abolish the death penalty at 2 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the Redwoods senior community in Mill Valley.

Appellate Court Blocks Import of Key Lethal-Injection Drug
Ashby Jones, Wall Street Journal

The federal Food and Drug Administration acted illegally when it allowed several state correctional departments to import a drug used in executions, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled on Tuesday.


Camp inmates affect drawing trustee areas
By Susan Meeker, Tri-County Newspapers 

When it comes to political boundaries, inmates are people, too.

For Stony Creek Joint Union School District, the inclusion of Valley View Conservation Camp residents has enormous consequences when it comes to drawing five balanced trustee areas for the very first time.


OP-ED: Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment

Lizzie Buchen, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

SAN FRANCISCO — At the turn of the 20th Century, Lucy Flower, my grandmother’s great grandmother, established the world’s first juvenile court inside the Cook County courthouse in central Chicago.