Monday, September 30, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Sacramento probation sweep heralds return of supervision for some offenders

Kim Minugh, The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento County probation officer hunched over a sweating, erratic suspect in handcuffs and tried to get his attention.

“This is what is important,” Casey Curry boomed to the 42-year-old probationer, who was easily distracted and sweating profusely in a tank top despite the chill in the morning air. “We’re back in the probation business.”

Napa's chain gang program puts offenders to work in lieu of custody
Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Times Herald

The chain gang may be an idea whose time has come again, without the actual chains, that is, as the Napa County Department of Corrections recently implemented a new program in which low level offenders work together cleaning roadways instead of going to jail.

The Community Corrections Work Program launched in June, and since then, some 50 offenders have participated, Napa County Department of Corrections Lt. Teresa Folster said.

Judge hopes to return to bench in 3 to 4 weeks

Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - A popular San Joaquin County Superior Court judge who last month collapsed on the job from a brain aneurism is hoping to return to the bench in about three to four weeks.
Judge Richard Vlavianos has been recovering since the Aug. 9 incident in his chamber. And he credits those who came to his rescue with saving his life.

How America's Biggest Jail System Just Got Bigger
Saki Knafo, Huffington Post

Two years ago, in an effort to ease overcrowding in California’s prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a law that shifted the responsibility for many low-level, nonviolent offenders to the counties.
Almost immediately, the dangerously overcrowded state prison system grew less crowded. But as the prison population waned, county jails began filling up, leading some critics of the policy to argue that California had merely traded prison overcrowding for jail overcrowding.


Body-shop owner gets prison sentence for 2011 murder

Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

An auto-body-shop owner who shot and killed a dissatisfied customer whose car never got fixed was sentenced Friday to 50 years to life in prison for first-degree murder.

Anthony Michael Vigil, now 49, first had to duck a tissue box thrown at him in the courtroom by the widow of 26-year-old Michael Paul Gonzales Jr.

SoCal father sentenced to 13 years to life in prison for trying to murder his 2-month-old son

The Associated Press

FULLERTON, California — A Southern California man has been sentenced for attempting to murder his 2-month-old son by hitting and attempting to suffocate him, and using a blanket to swing him by the neck.


How one girl's disappearance changed Petaluma
Jamie Hansen,

Twenty years later, roses still bloom in Polly Hannah Klaas' memory at Petaluma Junior High School, where the 12-year-old was a student when she was kidnapped from her home in the dark of night.


Commentary: Time to settle the prison overcrowding dispute
John Wildermuth, Fox & Hounds

Gov. Jerry Brown is still batting .000 against the federal judges dealing with the state’s prison overcrowding suit and it doesn’t look like his slump is going to end anytime soon.

Despite the governor’s angry words and continuing court battles, it’s past time to sit down with all parties and try and work out the best of the bad deals available for the state.