Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Gatorade to lobster: Serial killers' last meals
Even the worst of the worst in America’s prisons are usually offered a special last meal before they die -- unless they’re executed in Texas. See what some of the nation’s most notorious serial killers requested for their final feasts.
Stephen Loiaconi, hlntv.com

Prior to his 2011 execution for the murder of James Byrd Jr., Texas inmate Lawrence Russell Brewer requested a last meal of two chicken-fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions, a triple bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup, three fajitas, a pizza, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, a pound of barbecued meat, a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts and three root beers.


Poole: Golden State Warriors win -- at San Quentin Prison
Monte Poole, Bay Area News Group

SAN QUENTIN -- Bob Myers has a fabulous job, with a salary that allows him to live anywhere he likes, visit any place he chooses. On this particular day, as soft clouds hover above the Bay Area, the Warriors general manager chooses state prison.

He's not alone. Another member of the 1 percent club, Warriors coach Mark Jackson, a former NBA star, also arrives at the joint.

How the prodigal son became a preacher
Greg Eskridge, 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.

Derrick Holloway grew up in a Christian family, but chose to sell drugs and participate in a lifestyle that resulted in him committing a murder. After being convicted and sentenced to life in prison, Holloway eventually went back to the Christian faith he was raised with. In fact, he became a pastor and began preaching the word of God.

Manson Family Murders Fast Facts

(CNN) -- Here is some background information about Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence for nine murders committed in July and August of 1969 near Hollywood, California. Manson did not actually commit any of the murders, but orchestrated the killings. He was initially sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted when California's death penalty was overturned in 1972.

Judge's gag order called unconstitutional
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

The federal judge in a lawsuit over mental health care in California prisons has agreed to let courtroom spectators watch videos that reportedly show guards using pepper spray and chemical grenades against mentally ill inmates, but only if the viewers promise never to publicly identify anyone they see.


Foot-dragging on jail reform
The county has failed to take advantage of the opportunities that the Public Safety Realignment Act provides.
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

Two years ago, California overhauled its criminal justice system by shifting responsibility for many felons from the state government to the counties. There is no denying that the change was abrupt. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Public Safety Realignment Act, also known as AB 109, on April 4, 2011, and followed up with a companion bill that fleshed out many of the funding details in June of that year. Counties then had just three months to prepare their jails, their law enforcement agencies and their probation departments to be ready for the Oct. 1 implementation date, after which defendants convicted of lower-level felonies were sent to jails instead of state prisons, and felons released from prison after serving sentences for lower-level crimes came under the supervision of county probation officers instead of state parole agents.