Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Man gets 35 to life for Apple Valley murder

Victorville Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • A man has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for the fatal shooting of a wheelchair-bound Apple Valley woman in 2009, court records show.
Judge Eric M. Nakata sentenced Anthony George Gooden on Friday at the Victorville courthouse and ordered him sent to the California Department of Corrections at Chino.


Sara Kruzan, Woman Sentenced to Life, Released by California Governor

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California woman who received a life sentence as a teenager for killing her former pimp will be allowed to go free after Gov. Jerry Brown decided against blocking a parole board’s ruling that grants her freedom.

California woman who killed pimp at age 16 set to be freed
Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman who has served nearly two decades in prison for murdering her pimp when she was 16, becoming the face of a campaign to reform the treatment of young offenders, could be freed this week after Governor Jerry Brown upheld her parole.

KRUZAN: If sentenced today, hers would be a different story
Sara Kruzan’s campaign was media-savvy, but also came as courts and lawmakers take another look at adult prison sentences imposed on people who committed their crimes before the age of 18
Richard K. De Atley, The Press Enterprise

If a 17-year-old Sara Kruzan faced a judge today, it’s unlikely that she would be handed a sentence that left her without hope of ever seeing the outside of a prison again.

The pending release of Kruzan, originally sent to prison for life without parole in 1995 for murdering her ex-pimp in a Riverside hotel room a year earlier, comes amid intense legislative and judicial scrutiny of long sentences imposed on people who were juveniles when they committed their crimes.

Sacto 911: Parole denied man convicted of 2001 attempted murder in Knights Landing

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A man convicted of attempting to murder his estranged wife at her Knights Landing home in 2001 has been denied parole.

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office announced that a two-commissioner panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings on Thursday denied parole for Javiad Akhtar, determining that he would pose a continued risk to public safety if he were released from prison.


Realignment: How is it changing prison life?


IMPERIAL, Calif. (KABC) -- Two years ago this month, a radical experiment in criminal justice began to unfold across the state of California. "Prison realignment" is shifting the responsibility for thousands of convicted criminals from the state to counties across California. There is plenty of controversy about realignment's effect on county jails and probation departments. 

Is prison realignment leading to an increase in crime?

By Carlo Cecchetto, CBS 8

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The man accused of shooting a San Diego police officer last Thursday made his first appearance in court Monday. He's an ex-con who at the time of the shooting, was being supervised under California's prison realignment law.

Explaining LA County’s 2,000 Missing Probationers

Christopher Nelson, PublicCEO.com

When 2,000 people on probation in Los Angeles County are unaccounted for, it is disconcerting to hear, especially for the public. But as always, there is context to a seemingly gaudy number.
Some background: The 1,844 probationers currently in a state of non-compliance and who have warrants issued for their arrests (known as absconders) represent 22 percent of the county’s population under post-release community supervision (PRCS). And PRCS designates a new group of probationers who are those specifically realigned by AB 109 and who otherwise would have been on parole.


This Is Why 2-in-5 Inmates Return to Jail — And How Technology Keeps Them Out of Trouble.

Is technology the solution prisons around the country are looking for?
Kat Ascharya, MobileDIA

Once a week, Annie leaves her job at a nonprofit, pulls back her hair and scrapes off any makeup to volunteer at California’s oldest and most notorious prison: San Quentin. She drives past some of the city’s most luxurious houses in California’s affluent Marin County to get to the Spanish-style prison complex. It looks like any modern correctional facility — cold, unfriendly, industrial — except, ironically, it sits on prime waterfront property, forming a striking contrast against the natural beauty of the Bay.

Lodi police want murder charges in crash that killed five

Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

LODI -- Lodi police said Monday they plan to seek murder charges against suspected drunken driver Ryan Christopher Morales, the 28-year-old ex-con believed to have caused last week’s vehicle crash that wiped out five members of a local family and left a 9-year-old boy orphaned.