Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


State signs deal to park prisoners in Adelanto

Jim Steinberg, The San Bernardino Sun

California has signed a contract with an international prison company to lease space for 1,400 inmates — 700 of whom will be housed in the company’s Adelanto lockup.


Sacramento Probation Department to Launch 3-Day Drug Offender Operation

Officers will target unsupervised probationers.
Carlos Villatoro, Rosemont Patch

Anyone on probation might want to take notice. The Sacramento County Probation Department is scheduled to launch a three-day operation Tuesday that targets unsupervised, high-risk adult offenders 


2 San Diego men given long sentences in death of police officer
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A man who lied to police when asked whether there were armed people in an apartment has been sentenced to 85 years to life in prison for the death of a San Diego officer killed in an ensuing shootout.

Superior Court Judge Kenneth So also sentenced Alex Charfauros on Monday to an additional 11 years on related charges.

Videos in federal court case show mentally ill Calif. prison inmates blasted with pepper spray

Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — SACRAMENTO, California — A federal judge is expected to decide this week whether the public has a right to see videos showing prison guards tossing chemical grenades and pumping pepper spray into the cells of mentally ill inmates, some of them screaming and delirious.


Sacramento murderer’s parole board challenge locked up in court rulings

Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

Robert Morales, who has had some success in court challenging his ongoing incarceration for a brutal Sacramento murder, won’t be free in the foreseeable future.

Morales, 43, has been in prison 22 years for fatally stabbing one man and critically wounding another when his attempt in 1988 to steal a car outside a Watt Avenue apartment complex was interrupted.

The disappointment of parole denial

Troy Williams, KALW

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

Most prisoners probably won't admit this, but men do cry. Amidst the steel bars, concrete walls, and hardened attitudes, silent streams of tears become vessels that reflect the deepest and darkest of troubled waters.


San Jose mayor backing ballot measure to roll back pensions
Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

A new push to ask California voters to let state and local governments roll back pensions for current employees is taking shape, with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed leading the charge.

In a telephone interview Monday evening, Reed said that he recognizes the economic pressure on state and local budgets has eased and that he hasn't raised any money yet, but that he is convinced the need remains to dial back public pension costs. 

Ripe for Resolution: Ending Taxpayer Expenditures on Pointless Litigation
Paula Mitchell, Justia.com

When the Supreme Court decided Ryan v. Gonzales earlier this year, it created an interesting dilemma for federal courts in death-penalty states.  The Court held that federal courts are not required to stay habeas corpus proceedings for death row inmates who are mentally incompetent and unable to assist counsel in their post-conviction proceedings.  “Where there is no reasonable hope of competence, a stay is inappropriate and merely frustrates the State’s attempts to defend its presumptively valid judgment.”  Whether to grant a stay was left to the discretion of the district court.

Congress Mandates Private Jail Beds for 34,000 Immigrants
William Selway & Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg

Noemi Romero, who came to the U.S. illegally at age 3, was arrested in January working at a Phoenix grocery store, where she used someone else’s name to get the job. 

Criminal injustice: The percentage of African-Americans in prison
Morgan Whitaker, MSNBC

One hundred and fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the progress made by African-Americans is undeniable–which is why statistics about incarceration in the black community can be so shocking. In 2011 there were more African-Americans in prison or “under the watch” of the justice system than were enslaved in the United States in 1850.


Viewpoints: Judges need to lead the charge for sentencing reform

Ronald Tochterman, Special to the Sacramento Bee

Imagine you are a judge faced with a young robber who beat up a stranger and took his Rolex. You have ruled out probation because of the seriousness of the conduct.

The California Penal Code authorizes three possible sentences: two, three or five years in prison. The district attorney wants three years, the public defender wants two. You could justify either sentence: On the one hand, the defendant has previous convictions for similar conduct; on the other, the convictions occurred more than 10 years ago, and he’s been clean since, until now.

New prison population reduction law is a step in the right direction
Calvin Ratana, Daily Sundial

In an effort to comply with a federal court demand for California to reduce its prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law with two plans to reduce the population size in prisons.
The law orders either the relocation of non-violent prisoners to mental health and substance abuse facilities or the relocation of prisoners to private prisons, county jails and other alternative facilities.