Friday, October 25, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Governor Signs Rim Fire Executive Order
B.J. Hansen,

Tuolumne County, CA -- Governor Jerry Brown is offering state assistance, and is suspending some environmental regulations related to the Rim Fire cleanup. 

Taft sets sights on state inmates after LA County spurns deal

Steve Levin, The Bakersfield Californian

Taft city officials moved Wednesday to reach a deal with the state to house inmates at its correctional facility following an eleventh-hour decision by Los Angeles County supervisors to reconsider a $55 million contract with the city.

Despite having worked together for more than a year to transfer 512 prisoners to the Taft Community Correctional Facility beginning in December -- and having a contract -- the supervisors deferred a final vote until their meeting next Tuesday.

Santa Clara County approves $8 million to house homeless, ex-prisoners
Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved agreements that will put $8 million toward implementing two programs this fiscal year to increase the amount of affordable housing for the homeless and people released from the prison system.


DVI welcomes first drug sniffing dog

Denise Ellen Rizzo, Tracy Press

Molly, one of the newest correctional officers at Deuel Vocational Institution, gets paid in kibble, walks on all fours and is covered head to toe in fur.

The 19-month-old Labrador retriever mix is the first K-9 officer in the 60-year history of the rural Tracy prison.

Governor says state prison system is 'less of a mess' after years of federal court oversight
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that problems remain in California's prison system, even as he argues that conditions have improved so much that the state should take over control from the federal courts.

During a speech in Washington, D.C., Brown called the system a mess, "although far less of a mess than it ever was before" because of changes the state has made to comply with federal court orders enforced most recently by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brown seeks court permission to send California inmates out of state
The governor hopes the Supreme Court or 9th Circuit will overturn an order blocking him from leasing beds in private prisons.
Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is back on the doorstep of the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking permission to go ahead with contracts that would send thousands more California inmates to private prisons out of state.

For-Profit Prisons Are Big Winners Of California's Overcrowding Crisis
The Huffington Post

When America's largest private prison company opened a 2,000-bed facility in a barren stretch of the Mojave Desert in southeastern California in 1997, there was no guarantee that any inmates would ever reside there. 

California's exceptionally powerful prison guard union was waging a fierce campaign against private prison companies, telling voters that the facilities were poorly run and that the industry would take away union jobs. "Public safety should not be for profit," Don Novey, president of the prison guard union, told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time.


Prosecuting Old Fire arsonist ‘a very challenging case’

Lori Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Justice didn’t come quickly for victims of the 2003 Old Fire. But it did eventually come — 10 years later.

Rickie Lee Fowler, who was serving time at Salinas Valley State Prison for burglary, was charged in 2009 with five counts of murder and two counts of arson related to San Bernardino County’s most devastating wildfire.


Parole denied for man convicted of killing retired Watsonville cop
Calvin Men, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ -- A 57-year-old inmate convicted in 1978 of robbery and murdering a retired Watsonville police officer was denied parole Tuesday.

Tuesday, at a parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison, David Losoya denied his involvement in an Oct. 12, 1977 robbery and shooting in Watsonville.


Humboldt County asks for state funds to expand jail
Kaci Poor, The Times-Standard

A funding proposal to expand the county jail into the parking lot next door was hand-delivered in Sacramento on Thursday. 

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said he is confident that the proposal to the California Board of State and Community Corrections to build a multi-story, minimum security housing facility in the lot between Fourth and Fifth streets will be approved. 

City, Jail Feel Impacts of Realignment Realities
Jonathan Van Dyke, The Gazettes

Since October 2011, law enforcement officials have been trying to get a grasp on how state prison realignment has and will impact the local crime environment. Hard data has been hard to come by, but Long Beach Police Department officials are optimistic they are getting a handle on it.

Hispanic leaders meet in Highland
Charles Roberts, Highland Community News

Members of the board of directors of the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council gathered at the Highland Police Station where they discussed business and heard from Sheriff John McMahon.

“I always wanted to be a deputy,” McMahon said of his early days growing up in the High Desert.


The Weight of Capital Punishment on Jurors, Justices, Governors, & Executioners
Paula Mitchell,

Capital punishment in the United States is often considered in terms of its constitutional vulnerability.  Does it violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment?  Is the delay in the appeal and post-conviction remedy process cruel and unusual?  Are condemned inmates provided with adequate representation during capital trials?  Is the death penalty evenly applied?  These are some of the legal issues at the heart of longstanding legal debates over our use of capital punishment.