Monday, August 12, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California files formal appeal with US Supreme Court in long-running prison crowding feud
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Against growing odds, Gov. Jerry Brown formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court late Friday to intervene once again in California's yearslong battle with federal judges over control of the state's prison system.


Dan Morain: The real story behind hunger strike
The Sacramento Bee

Philip Cozens has spent three decades representing murderers, gang leaders and other outlaws.

But the criminal defense attorney never ran across anyone more dangerous than Todd Ashker, his former client, a killer and a leader of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.

Valley Fever: California's Silent Epidemic
Disease killed dozens of California inmates earlier this year
Stephanie Chuang, NBC Bay Area

Medical experts are calling it a silent epidemic.

The disease known as Valley Fever is spreading here in California, hitting more people than ever before.

Justice Department takes a stand on solitary confinement
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

This post has been updated.

SACRAMENTO -- The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on California's use of solitary confinement and other forms of isolation for mentally ill inmates, saying it has found that such conditions subject prisoners “to a risk of serious harm."

Former fugitive sentenced in 12-year-old sex crime case
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A man was sentenced today in El Dorado County Superior Court to 138 years to life in prison for acts of sexual misconduct committed more than a decade ago.

An El Dorado County jury in July convicted Patrick Senatore, 45, of 10 felony counts of sexual misconduct.


Facebook posting raises alarm over sex offender
But law enforcement reports no new complaints about Morton
Kerana Todorov, Napa Valley Register

Recent accusations about a Napa man released from state prison in November have gone viral on social media.

However, Napa Police have not received new complaints about the man, Jefferson Charles Morton, Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said Wednesday. Neither have the Napa County Sheriff’s Office nor the Napa County District Attorney’s Office, which receives complaints from law agencies.


Supervisors Move to Keep Low-risk Inmates Working Fire Lines
The San Diego County region depends on four inmate fire camps run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and CAL FIRE for brush management and wildfire response.
Daniel Woolfolk, Oceanside-Camp Pendleton Patch

Some criminals sentenced to San Diego County jails will soon be transferred to local state fire camps, a somewhat weird twist in local governments efforts to manage inmates and protect public safety under California's "public safety realignment." After all, it was less than two years ago that the state forced counties to house state criminals sentenced for nonviolent felonies in local jails, but already the state could use hundreds of such inmates back to help provide much-needed fire protection.

AV sweep nets 29 arrests
Rebecca Howes, Victorville Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY • The Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station and the San Bernardino County Probation Department held a probation compliance operation sweep Friday night and made 29 arrests.
The operation targeted 45 probationers and AB 109 offenders in Apple Valley who are on supervised release due to the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.

Violent crime up slightly in Merced, though overall reported crime down 20 percent

Numbers show big contrast with startling spike in 2012
Victor Patton, Merced Sun-Star

MERCED -- Overall reported crime in Merced went down about 20 percent during the first half of the year, though violent crime inched up slightly, according to mid-year statistics released by the Police Department.


Mom's suit revived in 2006 prison death
Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

A federal court of appeals has revived a Placer County mother's lawsuit claiming California prison authorities are responsible for the suicide of her mentally ill son while he was an inmate.


Editorial: Why are celebrities doing bidding of prison gang leaders?
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

Civil libertarians and Hollywood celebrities recently signed a letter voicing support for prisoners engaged in a hunger strike over conditions in the security housing unit at Pelican Bay State Prison.

They ought to save their outrage.

California Prison Hunger Strike – So What’s It Really All About?
Leona Salazar,

On July 8th, a reported 30,000 prisoners started a hunger strike in California prisons, most in Pelican Bay State Prison.  At the end of the month, only about 600 inmates were still refusing two of their three daily meals.  This so-called “hunger strike” was the brainchild of convicted killer, Todd Ashker, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and three other inmates, representing the Mexican Mafia, Nuestra Familia and the Black Guerilla Family, four of the most violent and influential prison gangs in California, according to a recent op-ed piece in the L.A. Times.

CA Spending Per Inmate Rising Faster Than Spending Per Child
Charlotte Dean, IVN.US

California’s correctional system has received a federal order to release 9,600 prisoners by December. Administrators are no longer able to avoid releasing inmates early and the governor claims the terms are too strict for the system’s rate of change.

California’s Continuing Prison Crisis
The Editorial Board, New York Times

California has long been held up as the land of innovation and fresh starts, but on criminal justice and incarceration, the Golden State remains stubbornly behind the curve.