Monday, September 16, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Ben Hueso & Marty Block, UT San Diego

A federal court order has created a crisis in California prisons. While the clock is ticking, Democratic and Republican legislative leaders and the governor now stand together behind a long-term solution to chronic overcrowding in our prisons. 

After years of litigation, and despite successful realignment policies that have reduced our state prison population by some 35,000 inmates, the court is demanding more. We now face a deadline to lower the population by nearly 10,000 within the next four months. We all agree that early release of inmates is not an option. Public safety is a top priority, but for too long California has overspent money on simply incarcerating offenders.


New law lets some three-strikers out

Prisoners who show their third strike was a minor offense could be freed
Dana Littlefield, U-T San Diego

Some have been locked away for nearly two decades, serving life sentences in California prisons for crimes ranging from petty theft to manslaughter.

But because of changes to the state’s three-strikes law, one of the toughest in the nation for repeat offenders, more than 1,000 inmates statewide have received what once seemed unlikely — another chance at life on the outside.

Federal appeals court overturns conviction, death penalty for 1985 San Diego triple killing
Associated Press

PASADENA, California — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction and death penalty of a man for three San Diego murders, saying he was denied a chance to argue the trial was tainted by racial prejudice.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday also ordered Hector Ayala freed unless the state of California planned to retry him in a "reasonable" amount of time.

Gang member gets 94-to-life for 2008 murder
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

Elijah Dupree Goethe got an earful Friday from the mother of the man he shot in the face.
She started with his name.

“Elijah is a Hebrew name that means ‘my God is Yahweh,’” Jeia Lauria told him. “That name was placed on you, and yet you chose a course of hate, anger and violence. Whether you knew it or not, you forfeited your peace. You haven’t felt the full weight of the decision you made that night. The weight you bear will get heavier and heavier as you will see the effects this will have on you and the ones who love you.” 

Orange County man gets 10 years for posing as policeman, making phony arrest, seeking sex
The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, California — An Orange County man who posed as a policeman, staged a phony arrest and then offered to let the man go in exchange for sex with his wife has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Tariq Musa of Santa Ana was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to felony charges including kidnapping and false imprisonment.


Two people arrested in Thermal as officials investigate burglaries
Colin Atagi, The Desert Sun

THERMAL — Deputies arrested two people Friday evening during an “extensive” burglary, fraud, and vehicle theft investigation in Thermal, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
They also found a 15-year-old girl who escaped from an unspecified placement facility. She was returned to the county’s children’s services division.

Gang sweep turns up Soledad brothers' arrest
Allison Gatlin, The Salinas Californian

A pair of Soledad brothers were arrested Friday evening as Gonzales, Greenfield, King City and Soledad police officers swept through the city in a patrol targeting suspicious vehicles and pedestrians.

Parolee arrested after high-speed chase on Highway 50
Allen Pierleoni, Sacramento Bee

A high-speed chase along the streets of Sacramento accelerated onto eastbound Highway 50 on Saturday evening, resulting in the capture of a parolee at large with a history of firearms violations, said a Sacramento Police Department spokesman.


Legislative session proves productive for Democrats, with wins on minimum wage, immigration
Juliet Williams, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — In a final flurry of legislative action, state lawmakers approved bills to boost California's minimum wage, grant driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, and address the state's overcrowded prisons.

Kern County authorities investigating inmate's death at Bakersfield detention center

Associated Press

BAKERSFIELD, California — Kern County authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a Bakersfield detention center.

The Sheriff's Office says deputies found 41-year-old Augustine Hernandez unresponsive Friday afternoon in his cell at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Jail.

Local firefighters lend a hand in California wildland fires
Argen Duncan, Rio Rancho Observer

Three Rio Rancho firefighters recently helped fight the Rim Fire, the fourth-largest fire in California’s history.

Wildland Strike Team members Marc Sandoval, Chris Mandeville and Brad Kornrumpf deployed to California for 18 days, returning the evening of Sept. 5.

Sex offender among arrests in probation sweep
Authorities haul 18 into custody during Barstow operation on Friday
Shea Johnson, The Desert Dispatch

BARSTOW • A man who authorities say failed to properly register as a sex offender was among 18 people arrested Friday during a multi-agency probation sweep in Barstow.

Carl Dale Woods, 54, allegedly attempted to flee a residence on the 1300 block of Mesa Drive after authorities arrived next door to verify compliance with his requirement to register as a sex offender, according to a San Bernardino County Probation Department news release.

House tour lets detective revisit scene of crimes by Dorothea Puente
Tillie Fong, The Sacramento Bee

A bubbling fountain in the front yard of a Queen Anne-style home gave little hint of the house’s macabre history.

“Five feet down from the front fountain, we found our last victim,” said John Cabrera, pointing to the spot where a religious statue had once stood. It was where the severed body of Betty Palmer, 78, was uncovered in 1988.


To stop prisons' revolving door
If California wants to reduce its prison population, it needs to address recidivism, and the best way to do this is through education and job training.
Lois Davis, Los Angeles Times

If California is serious about reducing its prison population, one crucial component will have to be reducing recidivism. Currently, a lot of the state's inmates are men and women who've been in prison more than once. They get out, they have little training or education, they can't get jobs and, in many cases, they return to lives of crime and find themselves back behind bars.

Second Opinion: How Do Former Inmates Sign Up for Obamacare?
Megan Burks, Voice of San Diego

The Question: How can former inmates sign up for the Affordable Care Act?

Conrad Harris works in a bare-bones office on the second floor of a City Heights church. The organization he works for, Coming Home to Stay, helps former jail and prison inmates rebuild their lives in City Heights and southeastern San Diego.
“Getting insured may be, like, No. 3 on the list as far as re-entering society,” Harris said. “First is you have to have some place to stay, second is you need some type of income to maintain the roof over your head, and then comes insurance.”