Thursday, September 12, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California Legislature passes prison compromise seeking delay of inmate-release court order
Laura Olson and Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California's prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.

California lawmakers approve compromise on prison crowding
Sharon Bernstein, Reuters

(Reuters) - Funding for a compromise plan aimed at easing overcrowding in the California's troubled prison system was approved by both houses of the state's legislature on Wednesday.

Legislators give bill on prisons quick passage
Measure aimed at easing crowding by rehabilitating offenders goes to the governor.
Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — A plan to ease prison crowding is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown after winning swift approval Wednesday from both houses of the Legislature.

LAO Says New Prison Realignment Plans Won’t Work as Lawmakers Want
Charlotte Dean, IVN

Just a few months from the federally mandated deadline to reduce California’s prison population by 137.5 percent capacity, Governor Jerry Brown released a plan to partner with private prisons and a correctional staff union. It would invest more than $700 million over the next two years for the construction of new contracted lock-up facilities bringing incarceration numbers down to required levels.

As prison plan moves ahead, opponents keep up the protests

Frank Stoltze, KPCC

A group of Los Angeles area inmate rights activists gathered outside the Reagan State Office Building in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to rally against Governor Brown’s prison plan, even as the state legislature moved towards approval.


Inmates Released Early In California Under Prop 36 Have Low Recidivism Rate, Report Says

Kathleen Miles, Huffington Post

In less than 10 months, California has let 1,000 inmates out of prison early.

Opponents said the releases would lead to an increase in crime, but a new report by the Stanford Three Strikes Project, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund shows that the released inmates' recidivism rate has been comparatively low.

Convicted Fresno killer welcomes death sentence
Corin Hoggard, ABC 30

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- For the first time in eight years, a Fresno County jury has decided a killer deserves to die for a crime that happened almost 30 years ago. 

Eddie Ricky Nealy is headed to death row. The 56-year-old was convicted of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl back in 1985. 

Skinhead convicted in prison killing sentenced to death
Jason Kotowski, Bakersfield Californian

Already serving a sentence of life without parole for murder, Travis J. Frazier secreted a 7-inch knife in his rectum and entered the exercise yard of the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi on May 11, 2009 with the intention of making a name for himself.

A Sacramento Superior Court jury convicts woman in the attempted murder of a police officer and the shooting of his K-9 Bodie

Andy Furillo, Sacramento Bee

Sacramento police officers filled two rows of the courtroom Wednesday to watch a jury return an attempted murder conviction on a woman whose boyfriend last year shot and seriously wounded a K-9 before firing on the dog’s human partner.


SAN BERNARDINO: Training for organizations regarding AB 109 Realignment
The Press Enterprise

Time for Change Foundation, a local non-profit group known for empowering disenfranchised homeless women and children, has received funding to finance a training project.

Police tackle repeat offenders
Janelle Wetzstein,

While the names Zach T. Fortune, Andres L. Rojas, John A. Lindt and William L. Hammond may not mean much to the average Petaluma citizen, they are well-known at the Petaluma Police Department.

Parolee arrested after firing shots into ground in Redlands

Greg Cappis, Redlands Daily Facts

REDLANDS>> A man arrested Tuesday night after gunshots were fired into the ground is a parolee who has given different spellings of his name and multiple dates of birth to law enforcement officials, the Police Department said Wednesday.


California Bill Would Give Drug Users Treatment Instead Of Prison Time

Saki Knafo, Huffington Post

When Daniel Romero was first arrested for drug possession, at the age of 21, he had been getting high for more than a decade. He started smoking pot when he was 10, tried cocaine at 13 and crack at 14, by his account. 

Legislature approves increasing penalty for sex offender parolees who remove tracking devices

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Sex-offender parolees who remove or disable their satellite-linked tracking devices would face an increased penalty under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Judge: Federal prison receiver can get California state pension
Jon Ortiz, Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento judge has ruled that California's Prisons Receiver J. Clark Kelso qualifies for a state pension, even though his position as the penal system's medical overseer was established by federal appointment.

AHF Hails Passage of Condoms in Prisons Bill, Urges Governor Brown to Sign AB 999 into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), today hailed the passage of California Assembly Bill 999 (Rob Bonta, D—District 18, representing Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro)—The Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act—a bill that requires California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to develop a 5-year plan to extend the availability of condoms in all California prisons. The bill cleared the Legislature in Sacramento last evening. AHF is now urging Governor Brown to swiftly sign AB 999 into law.


Prisons' progress - what direction to take?
San Francisco Chronicle

Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislative leaders have come to a deal on how to reduce the state's prison overcrowding problem. The question is whether the courts will agree to it.

Mercury News editorial: Compromise on prison overcrowding benefits Californians

San Jose Mercury News

Smart compromises have been in short supply in Sacramento in recent years. So it was heartening to see Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican and Democratic legislative leaders announce a deal Monday on the prison overcrowding crisis that benefits all Californians.

Inmate rehabilitation should be a priority

Ventura County Reporter

The state of California and its 58 counties have a mounting crisis on their hands and the blame game is in full swing.

In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown was handed a federal mandate to reduce the prison population because of overcrowding, which was ruled to be cruel and unusual punishment and the primary cause of unconstitutionally poor inmate medical and mental health care. Brown appealed but the mandate was upheld. Should Brown have chosen to ignore the mandate, then he would be held in contempt. And so began the great shift from prison to county jails, known as realignment. This, however, did not mean that current inmates would move from prisons to jails, but that newly convicted nonviolent, nonsexual and nonserious offenders would serve their time in jail, not prison. And the plan worked, in part, to reduce overcrowding. But not enough. And not without perceived repercussions at the local levels.