Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

Day in the Life of a Senior Information Systems Analyst
IT projects can save millions of dollars, improve public safety
Dana Simas, OPEC Public Information Officer

Managing the IT needs of a department the size of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is no small task, even at the institution level, but it’s the job of Senior Information Systems Analyst Juan E. Ramos at Centinela State Prison (CEN).

When it comes to IT, there’ s much more involved than meets the eye.

CALIFORNIA INMATES


Water district directs creek bed cleanup
Karen Brainard, Ramona Sentinel


Two tons of trash and debris, including mattresses and tires, were hand-cleared from the Santa Maria Creek bed where it runs through Ramona Community Park west to Seventh Street.
 

Court overturns man's convictions in killings of estranged wife, LA County sheriff's deputy
The Associated Press


LOS ANGELES — An appeals court has upheld a decision to throw out the conviction of a Southern California man who confessed to killing his estranged wife and a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.


Lawyers for Kevin Cooper present case to human rights commission
Lori Fowler, The San Bernardino Sun 


WASHINGTON D.C. >> Lawyers for convicted killer Kevin Cooper were granted a hearing before a human rights commission this week in another effort to clear their client in the 1983 massacre in Chino Hills.


Woman who burned victim alive convicted of murder
Kevin Fagan, The San Francisco Chronicle


Jill May died homeless and helpless in an empty parking lot, doused with gasoline and burned alive. After six long years of legal wrangling in the case, a San Francisco jury needed just four hours Tuesday to decide that her longtime drug dealer was the one who lit the fire.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS


Critics, including church, question use of isolation in California prisons

Christina M. Gray, Catholic San Francisco


Once a month after a full workweek, Dolores Canales gets into her car to make the 1,500-mile round trip between her home in Orange County and Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border. That’s where her 37-year-old son John, a convicted murderer, is serving out a life sentence in the Security Housing Unit – broadly described by critics as “solitary confinement.”

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Halloween brings extra scrutiny for sex offenders'
Ken Pritchett, KTVU


ALAMEDA, Calif. — Along with goblins, ghosts and other trick-or-treaters Halloween night will bring out parole agents, sheriff’s deputies and city police on the look-out for sex offenders who might be violating parole conditions.


“Operation Boo” has become a Halloween tradition run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


US to free woman 20 years after she killed her pimp
The US state of California is due to release a 35-year-old woman after 20 years in prison for killing her pimp when she was just 16.
World Bulletin – News Desk


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.
 

Paroled Calif. rapist missing after removing GPS device, harassing family of elderly victim
The Associated Press


SAN BERNARDINO, California — A paroled rapist has been reported missing after he cut off his GPS monitoring device and authorities say he's been harassing the family of his elderly victim with threatening and obscene phone calls.


Alleged Roseville shooter facing life, makes brief court appearance

Ed Fletcher and Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee


Seven counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer top a lengthy list of charges filed Tuesday against Samuel Nathan Duran, the suspect in last week’s lengthy shootout and standoff with law enforcement in Roseville.


Guns Stolen From Brazos County Gun Store Continue Being Recovered
Clay Falls, KBTX.com


More than 80 stolen guns from a Brazos County gun store continue to show up in other parts of the state and across the country.


It all stems from a smash and grab burglary that was caught on camera near Bryan nearly two years ago.

DEATH PENALTY

Clear majority of Americans - 60% - still favor capital punishment for convicted murderers

While still majority, figure shows support for the death penalty is in decline
At its peak in mid-1990s, 80% of Americans supported capital punishment
Gallup poll said six states had recently repealed death penalty laws outright

Daily Mail Reporter


Sixty per cent of Americans still favor capital punishment for convicted murderers, a poll has shown.


The survey demonstrates a clear majority for the ultimate punishment,  although it is the lowest percentage since 1972, according to a Gallup poll released yesterday.

CDCR RELATED


Pew report urges innovative ways to cut expenses
Julie Reynolds, Monterey County Herald


California's prison inmate health care costs have skyrocketed in recent years, and a report issued Tuesday by the Washington D.C.-based Pew Charitable Trusts suggests officials should look at innovative solutions that include tapping into the Affordable Care Act. 


L.A. County backs out of sending jail inmates to facility in Taft
Abbey Sewell, The Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to halt a controversial plan to send county jail inmates to a facility in Kern County after a board member who had originally supported the contract changed her mind.


Video evidence frees Compton man charged in double-murder case
The Associated Press


INGLEWOOD, California — A judge has thrown out a double-murder case against a Compton man after security videos indicated he wasn't at the scene of the killings.


Insanity is the issue in Sacramento murder trial
Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee


Right after he shot and killed his wife two years ago, John Murdock Pierce came to the door shirtless, wearing black boxer briefs, a yellow and blue necktie, three necklaces and a red, white and blue bandana.

OPINION


JENIFER PITCHER: Weigh the costs: Putting Kern prisoners in CCFs makes sense

The Bakersfield Californian

The recent events concerning the Taft Community Correctional Facility raise a lot of questions about the path we are taking on prison realignment. The biggest question: Why can Los Angeles County or the state department of corrections contract with the Taft CCF to house inmates but Kern County cannot?