Monday, October 21, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


US Justice Department: California prison gang segregation after riots violates Constitution
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after a riot based on their race, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
Gangs in California prisons typically are based on race, and riots often pit members of one race against one another or involve inmates of only one race.

New Chapter Begins in California Prisons Legal Saga
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

Monday marks a new chapter in the legal challenge to California’s prison system.  It’s the deadline for a court-appointed facilitator to report to the three federal judges overseeing the case on how negotiations between the state and inmate attorneys have progressed.


Riverside County man gets life in prison for killing of man lured with fake Facebook profile
The Associated Press

RIVERSIDE, California — A Riverside County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering a man he had lured with a fake Facebook profile.


S.J. blames state for early release of parole violators

Paperwork delay cited; state claims system works in all other counties
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, The Stockton Record

STOCKTON - A setback in California's new parole revocation process has meant dozens of parolees are being released from jail without suffering the full consequences of their violations in San Joaquin County, the only county, state officials say, where this problem exists.


Southern Monterey County cities see gang suppression operation

The Salinas Californian

Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in Cal-GRIP gang suppression operation at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from Sgt. Fred Perez of the Greenfield Police Department.

Calif mayor's husband arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine
The Associated Press

MONTEBELLO, California — The husband of Montebello's mayor has been arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine and other drugs near a school.

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say 44-year-old Ruben Guerrero was taken into custody Thursday as he was leaving his home. Bail was set at $60,000.

LA Sheriff Baca Will Fight Liability In Jail Beating Case
Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News

The decades of problems within the Los Angeles County jail system took a new turn this week when a federal-court jury decided Sheriff Lee Baca should be held personally liable for the injuries suffered by an inmate in 2009.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore predicted both the verdict and Baca's personal liability of $100,000 would be overturned on appeal.


Dan Morain: Mental health system a safety net in name only
The Sacramento Bee

Matthew Herrera has revolved in and out of locked psychiatric wards, jails and prisons for 13 years, ever since he was 15.

Karen Herrera, who struggled to raise a troubled son on her own, had reason to hope this time would be different. It wasn’t.

Four ways to relieve overcrowded prisons
The Christian Science Monitor

America’s addiction to incarceration as a curb on crime must end. The evidence is staggering, writes Arjun Sethi, an attorney in Washington. Prison overcrowding is ubiquitous and shows few signs of abating: Between 1970 and 2005, the nation’s inmate population grew by 700 percent.