Thursday, August 8, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


STATE PRISONS: Senate leaders call for spending to avert releases
Jim Miller, The Press Enterprise

SACRAMENTO – The state Senate’s top Democrat said lawmakers need to be ready to spend potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent the court-ordered release of thousands of prison inmates.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters that a federal three-judge panel put public safety at risk by ordering the state to release more than 9,000 inmates by year’s end to reduce overcrowding. The U.S. Supreme Court last week denied the Brown administration’s motion to stay a lower court ruling and the governor is appealing.

California prisons could free 1,000 to ease crowding
The state scrambles to relocate thousands of inmates to comply with a court order.
Chris Megerian and Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Under court orders to ease prison crowding by the end of the year, California officials are scrambling to relocate 9,600 inmates but may be forced to free roughly 1,000 of them before they have completed their sentences.

Taft and Shafter prisons could reopen to ease overcrowding
Theo Douglas, The Bakersfield Californian

Community correctional facilities in Taft and Shafter that closed two years ago could be reopened to ease overcrowding in state prisons, officials in both cities said Wednesday.

Jeffrey Beard, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, toured both CCFs on July 18 to determine their condition, according to the city managers of Taft and Shafter.

Circuit Slams California Prisons for Understaffing

Lorraine Bailey, Courthouse News
(CN) - The 9th Circuit revived claims over the suicide of a man in a California state prison where he was left unsupervised for several hours because of a staff meeting.


Prison hunger strike leader named in crackdown
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A gang leader who helped organize a massive hunger strike in California state prisons has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in federal indictments aiming to disrupt the Mexican Mafia prison gang and a Mexican drug cartel.

Inmate advocates meet CDCR head
Ideas offered for ending hunger strike; state details its current reforms
The Del Norte Triplicate

Advocates for inmates on a hunger strike to protest California’s solitary confinement program met with the state prisons chief on Friday as they pushed for an end to practices they say are inhumane. 

SILVER FIRE: Weekend weather means ‘everything is going to burn,’ forecaster says

Michael Watanabe, The Press Enterprise

Fifteen structures had been destroyed by the fast-moving Silver Fire on Wednesday, Aug. 7, while the weather forecast for the next few days wasn’t expected to help fire-fighting efforts.

Federal appeals court rejects 254-year sentence for Southern California serial rapist
The Associated Press

LONG BEACH, California — A federal appeals court has rejected the virtual life sentence for a Southern California serial rapist.

The court in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that Roosevelt Moore shouldn't have been given a collective sentence of 254 years because he was only 16 at the time of the crimes.

U.S. Marshals seek suspect with ties to Alaska
Homer News

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, Marshals said in a press release.


Killer moving near Sierra High?
Residents uneasy about mentally unstable parolee

Jason Campbell, The Manteca Bulletin

Ronald Benjamin Toppila wasn’t a Manteca resident when he stabbed and beat his mother to death in 2004.

But if a Sacramento Superior Court judge gives his blessing, the 72-year-old – who has been confined at the Napa State Hospital since 2006 when a jury found him not guilty of the crime by reason of insanity – could end up in a transitional care facility within walking distance of Sierra High School.


State corrections chief likes county's AB 109-related effort

Ramona Giwargis, The Merced Sun-Star

MERCED — Gov. Jerry Brown's secretary of corrections, Jeffrey Beard, toured the Trident Center in Merced on Wednesday, a one-stop shop providing services to county jail inmates released under the state's prison realignment law.

Beard commended the center for providing "wrap-around" services under one roof to individuals released under Assembly Bill 109, which aims to reduce prison overpopulation by allowing nonserious, nonviolent and nonsexual offenders to serve their time with the counties instead of state prison.

Immigration 'holds' down in Monterey County
Drop seen in wake of state prisoner realignment
Julia Reynolds, The Monterey County Herald

The number of immigration "holds" in Monterey County Jail has dropped dramatically since state prisoner realignment took effect, newly released data show. 

And while some California counties appear to be deliberately reducing federal immigration detentions to free up jail beds in the wake of realignment, it's still unclear why Monterey County's numbers have dropped in half.


San Diego County To Send 50 More Inmates To Fire Camps

Susan Murphy, KPBS

Dozens of San Diego inmates will soon be transferred from county jails to state-run fire camps as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and to provide support to firefighters on the front lines.

What If?........Could the California Youth Authority Site Become a Charter School?
Melissa Chavez, Paso Robles Magazine

“What if...?”

Consider the number of cures and groundbreaking discoveries that began with “what if...?”  Several successful educators are asking that very question. They are seriously considering the former El Paso de Robles Correctional Youth Facility as the perfect location to establish the tentatively-named Paso Robles Charter School & Youth Center. The estimated 157-acre site is located inside the city limits at 4545 Airport Road, just north of Highway 46-East.


Time to end overcrowding
Supreme Court message to California prisons is crystal clear
The Stockton Record

When the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency request to halt a lower court's order for California to release more inmates to ease prison overcrowding, the high court sent the state yet another signal: It's time to get it done.

Dan Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown reaping what he sowed on state prisons
The Sacramento Bee

The biblical injunction "as ye sow, so shall ye reap" has a political version — what goes around comes around.

More prisons equals more prisoners -- is that what we want?
The Ventura County Reporter

Despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s best efforts to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the early release of 10,000 inmates due to overcrowding by Dec. 31, the justices dismissed the emergency request last week and they, according to Covina Police Chief Kim Raney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, ignored the efforts already under way to reduce overcrowding. The early release will include felons convicted of a variety of crimes, including violent ones.