Friday, October 18, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


The Consequences of Brown v. Plata Are Nothing to Dismiss: The California Prison Case Continues
Tamara Tabo, Above The Law

This week the Supreme Court, via a one-line order by Justice Anthony Kennedy, dismissed an appeal in Brown v. Plata for want of jurisdiction. Thousands of law students enrolled in Fed Jur and Fed Courts classes this semester may argue that there’s nothing sexy about jurisdiction, even by law’s substantially reduced standards for “sexiness.” The dismissal of Plata, though, has some significant effects for millions of people.


Mentally ill death row inmates in Calif. get little treatment, attorneys say

Sam Stanton - Sacramento Bee 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Justin Alan Helzer's suicidal tendencies were hardly a secret.
He dropped out of college in 1998 because of suicidal thoughts, according to court testimony. Within two years, he was arrested in the slayings and dismemberment of five San Francisco Bay Area residents, whose bodies were stuffed into duffel bags and dumped in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He announced during the ensuing trial that he would be better off dead.


Murder Victim’s Family Angered Over Pending Parole For ‘Alpha Dog’ Kidnapper
CBS Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — 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.”

The Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday upheld a July decision to release 33-year-old Jesse Rugge, after Gov. Jerry Brown asked the board to reconsider.


Hundreds compete in Galt to be corrections officer

Leticia Ordaz, KCRA

Hundreds of recruits took part in the physical agility testing for the California Department of Corrections on Saturday.

The department is looking to hire 7,000 people in the next couple of years.


EDITORIAL: Fix longstanding flaws in state prison system
The Press-Enterprise

Legislators now lack even a flimsy excuse for not improving the state’s prison system. The U.S. Supreme Court this week ended the state’s long-shot attempt to avoid further responsibility for prison conditions. So the Legislature needs to make reforms that address the longstanding flaws in the state’s corrections policy.