Thursday, October 17, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips



***This edition of the CDCR STAR is late due to a lost network connection on October 16, 2013
 

CALIFORNIA PRISONS
 
Supreme Court rejects Brown’s appeal in prison crowding case
Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee


The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s appeal Tuesday in the state’s long-running prison overcrowding case, essentially giving California officials until Jan. 27 to figure out what to do with at least 4,400 inmates.


Highest court thwarts governor on prison crowding

Henry K. Lee, The San Francisco Chronicle

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's challenge of an order forcing California to cut its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of January to improve medical and mental health care.


Supreme Court Rejects Prison Inmate Cap Appeal
This is the second time the court ruled against California Governor Jerry Brown.
Vanessa Castaneda, Concord Patch

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by Gov. Jerry Brown of a court order that requires the state to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons by about 8,000 inmates by Jan. 27.

CCA finalizes big California contract
Deal worth at least $28.5M annually; company warns start-up costs, effects of shutdown will eat into Q4 results
Geert De Lombaerde, Nashville Post

California prison officials have signed a contract with Corrections Corp. of America to house more than 2,000 inmates for at least three years.

CALIFORNIA INMATES


Southern California swim teacher sentenced to 16 months for sexually assaulting 2 teenagers

The Associated Press


SANTA ANA, California — A Southern California swim instructor has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls he met through coaching.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE


Parole set for Southern California kidnapper portrayed in 2007 movie 'Alpha Dog'

The Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, California — California's parole board has voted to release one of the men convicted of kidnapping a 15-year-old boy murdered over a drug debt, a slaying that inspired the 2007 movie "Alpha Dog."

REALIGNMENT


Realignment: Headaches, challenges, money, successes

John Howard, Capitol Weekly


The fast, unprecedented shift of state resources and responsibilities to California’s counties has meant money, headaches, new challenges, successes and uncertainty.
 

Criminal offenders OK'd as solution for Caper Acres in Chico
Ashley Gebb, ChicoER News

CHICO -- The city of Chico is moving forward with using supervised criminal offenders to keep Caper Acres from closing four days a week.

DEATH PENALTY

US murderer confesses just before execution
Associated Foreign Press


After claiming his innocence for over two decades, William Happ finally confessed to murder as he was put to death by lethal injection in the US state of Florida.

CDCR RELATED


California Deals Major Blow To Drug-Sentencing Reform
Kathleen Miles, The Huffington Post


California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill on Saturday to reduce the penalty for offenders caught for simple drug possession.


Senate Bill 649 would have given judges and prosecutors the option of making drug possession charges misdemeanors instead of felonies. If convicted, instead of prison or jail, those individuals would have been sent to substance-abuse treatment centers, and sentenced to probation or ordered to perform community service.


L.A. County probation jobs unfilled because of stricter hiring rules
Stricter hiring rules in the L.A. County Probation Department have disqualified many seeking jobs created to handle an influx of state prison inmates.
Abbey Sewell, The Los Angeles Times


The hiring of new Los Angeles County probation workers has been significantly complicated, officials said Tuesday, because stricter standards imposed over the last year have disqualified applicants convicted of certain crimes and required others to submit to polygraph tests and extensive background checks.


Report: Nevada prisons have sufficient space for inmates
Ed Vogel, Las Vegas Review


CARSON CITY — The state prisons population has not shown much growth even though crime is on the rise in Clark County, the corrections director told members of the state Board of Prison Commissioners on Tuesday.

OPINION

Mercury News editorial: California has only itself to blame for its prison mess
Mercury News Editorial


California has only itself to blame for the latest development in its prison overcrowding mess.


Editorial: v
Sentinel Editorial Board, Santa Cruz Sentinel


The up and saga regarding overcrowded California prisons may lack the horror, incompetence and otherworldly partisanship of the federal budget showdown -- but that doesn't mean it isn't also tying government in knots.