Monday, August 5, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

California Prisons
Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown and his top prison officials may be running out of options to avoid having to remove another 10,000 inmates from the state's prisons by the end of the year.

In a brief but significant order, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Brown administration's bid to stall a federal court demand that the state shed the inmates to resolve California's prison overcrowding crisis. It was the latest setback in a long-running case that has stirred fears of thousands of criminals walking free, although the state would likely seek to place many of the prisoners in other facilities, including county jails.

Evan Halper and Paige St. John 
Los Angeles Times 

WASHINGTON -- Not all the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were in agreement with the decision Friday that will force California to remove more than 9,000 inmates from its overcrowded prisons by the end of the year.

Though the court’s ideological differences are well known, it is unusual for the justices to write a dissent on procedural matters such as California’s request for a stay of an order from a panel of federal judges.

Rob Parsons, Appeal-Democrat

Yuba-Sutter law enforcement officials are critical of a U.S. Supreme Court decision forcing California to release nearly 10,000 state prison inmates by year's end.
A majority of justices on Friday refused an emergency request from Gov. Jerry Brown to halt a lower court's directive for the early release of the prisoners to ease severe overcrowding at California's 33 adult prisons.

Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams said the high court's decision shows the federal government has "too much power" over state and local officials.

California Inmates
National Ledger

Before you join Jay Leno and Susan Sarandon and sign an open letter to Gov. Jerry Brown to protest "solitary confinement" in California prisons' security housing units, there are a few things you should know. Start with the criminal records of the leaders of the Short Corridor Collective -- the four inmates who, despite their "extreme isolation," orchestrated a hunger strike with more than 30,000 inmate participants July 8.

While serving time for burglary in Folsom State Prison, hunger strike leader Todd Ashker stabbed a fellow inmate to death in 1987.

Sex Offender has ties to Alaska

LOS ANGELES –The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a fugitive sex offender. Cash Allen Lewark, 41 is being sought on an outstanding warrant for probation violation. His probation stems from a conviction of Lewd Acts with a Minor in San Diego, CA. Lewark is known to have strong family ties in Puyallap, Washington; Reno, Nevada; and Alaska.