Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California asks US judges for 3-year delay in inmate releases, promises more rehabilitation
Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown asked federal judges on Monday for a three-year delay in their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding.

Brown seeks 3-year delay on easing prison crowding
Brown's proposal to seek an extension is based on a deal struck with lawmakers last week.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Following through on a deal struck with legislative leaders, Gov. Jerry Brown told federal judges Monday that he is prepared to spends hundreds of millions of dollars moving inmates out of crowded prisons — but would rather use the money to rehabilitate prisoners so they don't come back.

Brown Signs Knight Bill to Outsource Custody Ops

Allison Pari, SCV TV

[KHTS] – Senate Bill 105 regarding state prison reform was co-authored by state Senator Steve Knight, R-Antelope Valley, and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday.

California Blasts Judge for Delaying Prison Case

Dave Tartre, Courthouse News

(CN) - A judge improperly delayed California's efforts at ending federal oversight of health care in its prison system, a lawyer for the state told the 9th Circuit.

California Deputy Attorney General Jose Zelidon-Zepeda argued that a February order by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson created the kind of delay Congress meant to avoid when it passed the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) in 1996.

SB 105 Misses the Mark: Sentencing reform is biggest loser in battle to de-crowd prisons

Karin Drucker‚ Beyondchron.org

Last week, California Senate Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg blew a chance to reform California’s jumbled morass of a penal code. He and Governor Jerry Brown agreed to Senate Bill 105, a compromise plan to comply with prison de-crowding—and he gave up one of the most promising plans for fixing California’s broken justice system: a state-wide sentencing commission.


Inmates’ health care a critical piece of new reforms

Jonathan Lerner, Capitol Weekly

As it turns out, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), known popularly as “Obamacare,” could be a boon to the California budget. Given how the ACA is structured, the state could end up spending less on an unlikely source – prison inmates. The ACA is designed to expand healthcare coverage to low-income people, and its threshold for coverage applies to a lot of people now behind bars or about to be released back into society.

Hunt is on for two escaped Corcoran inmates
The Sentinel

CORCORAN — Authorities are on the lookout for two minimum security inmates who escaped on Sunday night from California State Prison Corcoran.

Officials said Alejandro Flores, 27, and Isidro Sanchez, 36, disappeared from a dairy where they worked outside of the prison’s electrical fence perimeter. They were last seen around 7:30 p.m. wearing their white California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation jumpsuits.

Appeals court upholds decision freeing LA man after 14 years for crime he denied committing
Associated Press

PASADENA, California — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision that freed a Los Angeles man who spent nearly 14 years in prison for a crime he denied committing.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that ultimately released Daniel Larsen in March, pending the appeal.

KALW launches the San Quentin Prison Report

Today on Crosscurrents, we launch the San Quentin Prison Report – a new radio series featuring stories produced by men currently serving time in California’s oldest prison.

Inmate invests and teaches finance behind bars

More than two million people are incarcerated in our country – the largest prison population in the world.

In the 80s and 90s, California was at the center of a push to “get tough on crime” – trying juveniles as adults, passing three strikes and tightening sentencing laws – as part of the war on drugs.


Wide disparities found across state in implementation of prisoner realignment

Julia Reynolds, Monterey County Herald

Monterey is among the leading counties in California that continue to have high imprisonment rates, and researchers say the levels are not related to local crime rates.


California man who ran drug ring from prison gets 25 years in federal prison

Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — A California man found guilty of using contraband cellphones while incarcerated at a California prison to direct the distribution of drugs in Maine and other states was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 25 years in federal prison.