Monday, September 9, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Inmate releases still not enough
Dec. 31 deadline looms to reduce prison population
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee

When the hammer came down in 2009 from three federal judges ordering California to reduce its prison population, the numbers were staggering.

Release 40,591 inmates over the next two years to reduce overcrowding so chronic that the number of inmates was at nearly 200 percent of design capacity, the judges demanded.


Long-term inmates — and prison culture — move into county jails
Gov. Brown's plan to ease overcrowding has brought more violence and hard-core offenders into a system that was designed for short sentences. Smaller jurisdictions also face funding challenges.
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown's plan approved two years ago to ease crowding in state prisons has left county jails struggling with hard-core felons sentenced to spend years, even decades, in facilities meant to hold criminals for no more than a year.

Greenfield woman sentenced in baby death
The Californian

Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo has announced Aracely Mares, 21, of Greenfield, was ordered to serve 10 years in prison by Judge Pamela Butler.
Mares pled guilty to felony child endangerment resulting in death on May 29.


Legislature stepping away from drug war
A bill approved by the Assembly and heading to the Senate would give prosecutors flexibility in sentencing for low-level offenses.
George Skelton, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — If you get busted using methamphetamine, the D.A. can charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony. His choice. But if you're caught with cocaine or heroin, there's no option. It's a felony.

If there's logic in that, it escapes me. They're all addictive and destructive to mind and body.

Court orders often bring major prison changes - at a price
Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advisor

Some public officials have openly discussed Alabama prisons falling into federal receivership, the same way they did in 1976 after lawsuits revealed horrific conditions in the state’s penitentiaries.
While Alabama was the first state in the nation to see its prisons come under oversight, it was far from the last.