Friday, October 4, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Smart Justice in Ventura County

In 2011, the California Legislature passed AB 109 — a plan to comply with federal court orders to reduce the prison population by about 35,000 inmates. Under this plan, California’s 58 counties began incarcerating, supervising and rehabilitating non-serious, non-violent, and non-sexual criminal offenders. The plan is now two years old.

Citizens hear how prisoners will be managed

Debbie Ramsey, Fallbrook Bonsall Village News

One of San Diego County’s hottest topics of conversation – the release of inmates from state prisons to county jurisdiction – was discussed Wednesday night, Sept. 25 at Fallbrook Library.
"The goal of tonight’s meeting is to find out how this is being handled in San Diego County, especially Fallbrook," said Pat Braendel, founder and president of the Fallbrook Citizens’ Crime Prevention Committee (FCCPC), which hosted the session. "We have concerns over public safety."


Fresno County inmate Douglas Ray Stankewitz returned to death row
Pablo Lopez, Fresno Bee

Douglas Ray Stankewitz, who is awaiting a third retrial of his death sentence, was transferred Thursday from the Fresno County Jail to death row at San Quentin State Prison.
"He leaves with mixed emotions," said Fresno attorney Richard Beshwate, who is defending Stankewitz in Fresno County Superior Court. The trial is scheduled to start in 2015.


Majority of U.S. executions come from 2% of counties
Report: Majority of U.S. executions come from just 2 percent of counties, "wild disparities" in prosecution.
Kristen Butler,

A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. shows that of 1,348 executions carried out in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, more than half originated in only 2 percent of counties.


C-ROB Report: How politics has hampered California Corrections
Tom Hoffman,

This is Part 1 of 2 of Mr. Hoffman's reaction to the C-ROB report. Part 1 provides some historical context based on his own experiences and part 2 tomorrow will assess the current situation and look at what needs to be done going forward.

I recently read the September 15, 2013 report published by the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB).  As noted in the preface of the report, this is the thirteenth review authored by C-ROB since this bi-annual examination of “the programming provided to inmates and parolees by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation” (CDCR/Department) since Penal Code Section 6141 mandated this process in early 2007. The report references the “Expert Panel Report” of June 2007 as the required baseline for evaluating if the programming proposed by CDCR is both appropriate and effective.