Thursday, October 31, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California’s Prison-Litigation Nightmare
In 2009, three federal judges ordered the state to release 40,000 prisoners. Is it any wonder crime is on the rise?
Heather Mac Donald, Wall Street Journal

California Gov. Jerry Brown and the federal judiciary are locked in a dramatic constitutional battle over control of the state’s prisons. In 2009, three federal judges issued what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has dubbed “perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our nation’s history”: an order that California release up to 40,000 prisoners within two years to correct allegedly unconstitutional prison health care.

California Prison Population Deadline Extended Another Month

As the court decisions currently stands, California must reduce the population of its major prisons to about 110,000 inmates by the end of February 2014.
Jessie Fetterling, Correctional News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Earlier this month, federal judges gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population to the mandated population cap of 137.5 percent capacity, while negotiations continue.


And They're Out
Lorelei Laird, California Lawyer

The reform of three-strikes sentencing - undertaken by voters last year with the passage of Proposition 36 - made 3,000 to 3,500 lifers eligible for resentencing or release.

But inmates aren't guaranteed an attorney for most post-conviction proceedings. So, at the request of Stanford Law School's Three Strikes Project, which advocates for people serving long third-strike sentences for minor crimes, most California public defenders' offices have been handling resentencing petitions for free. In counties without public defenders, the project connects prisoners with pro bono attorneys. 

Lake Los Angeles Residents Angered By Plan To House ‘Pillowcase Rapist’

CBS Los Angeles

LAKE LOS ANGELES ( — Some Lake Los Angeles residents are angry about the possible release of a convicted rapist into their community.

A Santa Clara County judge announced last Friday that 62-year-old Christopher Hubbart — the “Pillowcase Rapist” — could potentially be housed on Laredo Vista Avenue in Lake Los Angeles when he’s conditionally released, which could be as early as December.


Fugitive California rapist caught after publicized search

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publicized search for a paroled rapist who authorities say cut off his ankle monitor and harassed the family of his 80-year-old victim ended Wednesday after he was spotted on a Palm Springs street.


Local non-profits working to create a Community Advisory Board for prison realignment (Community Voices)
Charles Eddy and Charles Turner, The Oakland Post

The Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform is working with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) and county partners to sponsor a series of meetings seeking residents input on the proposed Community Advisory Board for prison realignment.

Residents address property crime spike in East Long Beach
Kelly Puente, The Orange County Register

East Long Beach is experiencing a rash of burglaries.

At a town hall meeting Tuesday night, residents shared their horror stories of auto burglaries and home break-ins.

Drugs, assault weapon seized during search of Vallejo home

VALLEJO, Calif. —Drugs, cash and an assault weapon were seized and two men were arrested at a home in Vallejo on Monday by the Solano County Sheriff's Enforcement Team.
At about 5 p.m. that day, the team learned that a wanted suspect was at a home in the 500 block of Fifth Street.

Sentencing delayed for attacker in Davis hate crime
Don Frances, Daily Democrat

The sentencing for Clayton Garzon, who brutally beat a gay man in downtown Davis seven months ago, was continued Wednesday morning as the court sorts out issues related with California's prison realignment law.


Police want a safe Halloween
Safety tips for youngsters and adultsThe Porterville Record

Porterville police officers will be out in force Thursday night looking out for young trick-or-treaters and also for those who are just out to cause trouble on Halloween.

“The Porterville Police Department is committed to the safety and security of our community on this fun-filled evening,” said police spokesperson Sgt. Dominic Barteau.

Valley fever is on the rise and in the dust in SLO County
Tonya Strickland, The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that patients on work crews at Atascadero State Hospital could wear respirators to prevent infection. There are no patient work crews at ASH. The crews are made up of hospital employees.

Prison officials connecting inmate literature to terrorism
Dan Bluemel, L. A. Activist

California prison authorities are reporting on inmates to the FBI for possessing political, religious and other literature they deem radical, according to a document obtained by the ACLU of Northern California. As a result of such reporting, the inmates’ personal information are often placed in national counter-terrorism databases.


Dr. Conrad Murray and the jailhouse math behind his early release
Dr. Conrad Murray served less than two years of his four-year 'sentence.' His release highlights the need for sentencing reform.
The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

Did Dr. Conrad Murray get out early?

The short answer is no. Murray, the doctor who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, had served nearly two years of a four-year sentence when he was released from Los Angeles County Jail just after midnight Monday. That's only half the sentence, but it's also the full amount of jail time provided for by law.