Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Leaders of Calif. prison hunger strike
The Associated Press

The leaders of four prison gangs have formed an unusual alliance to promote a statewide hunger strike intended to pressure California corrections officials into ending indefinite solitary confinement that can last for decades. The four leaders are held in a high-security isolation unit at Pelican Bay State Prison in far northwestern California.

US judge approves force-feeding California inmates

Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials on Monday to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week. 

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Calipatria prison hunger strikers resume eating, get more calls, cable
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- While inmates in six California prisons continue a 43-day hunger strike over conditions of their incarceration, protesters in one prison resumed eating and as a result received addition television channels, monthly phone calls and a wider variety of food at the prison canteen.

Calif man convicted of attempting to murder, torture his baby

Associated Press

FULLERTON, California — An Orange County man has been convicted of attempted murder, torture and child abuse for swinging his 2-month-old son around by the neck with a blanket and punching, strangling and shaking the infant.


Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown, lawmakers mull more prison spending to avoid inmate releases

David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

Facing a court order to reduce California's prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are mulling potential legislation to spend hundreds of millions of dollars housing prisoners who might otherwise be released.


More Accountability Needed in Prison Realignment Data Collection


When California realignment was implemented on October 1, 2011, the state relinquished responsibility for most low-risk detainees to each county’s discretion. Parolee supervision, pretrial monitoring, community-based reentry programs and sentencing discretion is the duty of the fifty-eight separate Community Corrections Partnerships (CCPs).

Prison realignment plan costly for LAPD, report says

Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times

The state's controversial push to relieve severe prison overcrowding has resulted in the Los Angeles Police Department taking dozens of officers away from regular patrol duties in order to monitor ex-convicts, according to a department report.


California Parole Issue Goes Before 9th Circuit
Dave Tartre, Courthouse News Service

(CN) - The 9th Circuit faced calls against retroactive application of Marsy's Law, a California law that increased the wait between parole board hearings.

Lawmakers enacted Marsy's Law, or The California Victims' Bill of Rights Act, in 2008, amending the state constitution and changing some specific penal codes.


Criminal Pasts off-Limits in New California City Laws
City officials in San Francisco has issued an ordinance that prohibits city contractors from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal histories.

San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/19/2013 -- The move to prohibit employers from digging into potential employees’ criminal history is one that is designed to help improve the community’s employment prospects amid wider incarceration, and help reduce the crime rates.

Nuestra Familia Gang Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Danny Pereda, aka T-Mighty, 29, of Salinas, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine for the Nuestra Familia gang, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The Nuestra Familia is a violent Hispanic prison gang based within the California and federal prison systems whose members exert control over street-level NorteƱo gang members engaged in drug trafficking and violent crime.