Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Calif. prison crowding deadline extended 1 month

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Federal judges are giving California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay. 

Federal judges extend Gov. Brown's prison crowding deadline -- again

Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

(Note: This version of the story includes inaccurate information about the size of the prison population. Rather than issue a correction, the Times chose to recast the sentence that lists CDCR’s total in-custody population, as opposed to the in-state prison population that is the concern of the Three-Judge Court.)

SACRAMENTO -- A panel of federal judges has given Gov. Jerry Brown an additional 28 days to come up with long-term solutions to the state's prison crowding problems.

California prison policies under legislative scrutiny

Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers continued their review of the state's troubled prison system on Monday as Gov. Jerry Brown's administration received more time to negotiate ways to reduce overcrowding behind bars.

CDCR, CCA partner up with leasing of Cal City prison
Emily Brunett,  Tehachapi News

Plans to ameliorate the state's prison overcrowding moved forward Oct. 15 when Corrections Corporation of America announced it struck a deal with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to lease out its correctional center in California City to house state inmates.

Shafter, state close to deal to reopen correctional facility
James Burger, The Bakersfield Californian

The city of Shafter is just days away from inking a five-year deal with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to reopen the Shafter Community Correctional Facility.

U.N. torture investigator seeks access to California prisons
Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- The United Nations' lead torture investigator says he is worried about increased use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and wants access to California lockups to ensure that prisoners' rights are being protected.


A Look Inside California’s Security Housing Units
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Imagine spending 22 hours a day locked in a small, concrete room. That’s daily life for about four-thousand California prisons inmates. On a recent media tour, journalists got glimpse of that life on a visit to the Security Housing Units at Pelican Bay State Prison.

Getting out of gang life
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.

High-ranking Mexican Mafia associate gets 25 years for murder

Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times

A high-ranking member of the northwest L.A.-based Avenues gang was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for murdering one man and ordering the killing of another, federal prosecutors said.

Gang Leader Sentenced For Killing Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy
Rudy "Lil' Psycho'' Aguirre Jr., will serve 25 years in federal prison for his role in the 2008 murder of Sheriff's Deputy Juan Escalante in Cypress Park.
Ajay Singh, Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch

A former gang leader was sentenced today to 25 years in federal prison for his part in the drive-by killing of Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Juan Escalante and other crimes.

Rudy "Lil' Psycho'' Aguirre Jr., the lead defendant in a 2009 indictment targeting the Avenues gang in northeast Los Angeles, also acted as a bridge to the streets for Mexican Mafia members in Pelican Bay State Prison.


Kidnapping convict in Jesse James Hollywood case paroled

Leo Stallworth, ABC 7

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- One of the men convicted in the 2000 kidnapping of a 15-year-old boy, who was later murdered, will be getting out of prison soon. 

The decision to release Jesse Rugge as early as next week has sparked outrage from the victim's family. The governor asked the parole board to reconsider.

Man Convicted of Kidnapping in ‘Alpha Dog’ Murder Case Granted Parole

Carolyn Costello, KTLA 5

Susan Markowitz envisions the final fearful moments of her son’s life. At just 15-years-old, Nicholas Markowitz was kidnapped, shot nine times, and buried in a shallow grave.

Paperwork tiff lets some suspects leave jail early in county
Manteca Bulletin

STOCKTON (AP) — A squabble over paperwork deadlines between San  Joaquin County officials and state prison authorities is leading to the early release of parole violators.


Whereabouts of 2,000 potentially high-risk probationers in Los Angeles County unknown
Beatriz Valenzuela, Press-Telegram

The whereabouts of nearly 2,000 potentially high-risk probationers in Los Angeles County is unknown, county probation officials said Friday. 

The unaccounted offenders have warrants out for their arrests and make up more than 20 percent of those in the county included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison realignment plan.

Prison realignment update in Contra Costa County
Sukey Lewis, Richmond Confidential

County Supervisor John Gioia wants to know if California’s prison realignment program is working in Contra Costa County, and after two years, he and others with an interest in law enforcement may be about to get some answers.


New California law redefines drug transport charge in effort to ease prison crowding
Naomi Elias, Peninsula Press

A new state law will make it harder for prosecutors to double the charges in drug possession cases, as part of an effort to dramatically reduce California’s prison population.

Kennedy's vision for mental health never realized
Associated Press

(AP) — The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.

Signed on Oct. 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illnesses could be treated while working and living at home, rather than being kept in neglectful and often abusive state institutions, sometimes for years on end.


New thinking needed on San Francisco jail

Dorsey Nunn, SFGate

When liberals and conservatives hear that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is planning to build a new 400- to 700-bed jail so he can close the seismically unsafe jail on the top two floors of the Hall of Justice, they think that's a great idea. And it is a great idea, if you are stuck in the old, failing approach to crime and punishment.