Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


California Bishops Visit San Quentin, Death Row
California Catholic Conference

Just past the canteen, down a small alley enveloped in shadow and behind two sets of huge metal doors is California’s Death Row. In this old, dank, dimly lit place, more than 700 men, stacked in tiers of cells and surrounded by guards, await execution.

San Quentin State Prison sits on prime real estate overlooking the northern portions of the San Francisco Bay. Notorious because of Death Row, in reality the prison is the state’s oldest. It was founded in 1852 after California’s first prison – a ship anchored in the Bay – became overcrowded.


California inmate on death row for killing 2 deputies dies at San Quentin; suicide suspected

The Associated Press

SAN QUENTIN, California — An inmate on death row for gunning down two Riverside County sheriff's deputies outside his desert home in 1997 has died in a suspected suicide at San Quentin State Prison, officials said Monday.

Timothy Russell, 53, was found unresponsive in his cell late Friday and declared dead at the prison early Saturday, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

Riverside County Inmate Suspected in Fatal Prison Beating
Brandon Scott Keen, 28, had been placed in the Salinas Valley State Prison's administrative segregation unit following the killing Friday.
Maggie Avants, Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch

A inmate from Riverside County was suspected of fatally beating another inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, Monterey County, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

State Can't Duck Services for Disabled Prisoners

Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service

(CN) - California cannot pass its responsibility to assist certain disabled prisoners with basic necessities onto its counties, the 9th Circuit ruled.

The state had claimed that recent changes to its penal code allowed it ignore the rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of disabled prisoners who are either awaiting parole revocation hearings in county jails or serving time after a revocation.

Santa Clara County To Offer Rental Help For Newly Released 3-Strike Inmates

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Santa Clara County supervisors have unanimously approved a plan to offset rent for newly-released three strikes inmates.

The plan calls for the county to pay as much as $1,000 a month to help pay the rent for the first year after release for inmates who were once destined for life in prison. It is aimed at helping parolees who spent more than a decade behind bars get back on their feet and avoid repeat offenses.


Sheriff to vie for additional jail expansion funding

Allison Gatlin, The Salinas Californian

Gov. Jerry Brown may have rubber-stamped a bill that could provide Monterey County with needed jail expansion funds, but Sheriff Scott Miller isn’t ready to celebrate just yet.
Next month, however, that could be a different story.


Lawmakers schedule one-day hearing on solitary confinement

Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers have scheduled a hearing Wednesday into the state's use of solitary confinement in its prisons, legislative action that was promised to encourage inmates to end their 60-day inmate hunger strike this summer over those practices.

Crime victims find healing through restorative justice
Jasmin Lopez, KALW

Dionne Wilson's husband, a San Leandro police officer, was killed in the line of duty seven years ago, but she says it took her a long time to find a way to really heal. 

“For many years, I carried around so much vengeance and hate. I realized at a certain point I had nothing left. I had no more tools. I engaged in a lot of self-destructive behavior. I tried to buy my way out of my grief; I tried to drink my way out for a short period. Thankfully, I didn’t take that too far. And I just didn’t have a way to move past being embroiled in the moment,” says Wilson.

Sacramento attorneys push alternative sentencing option; convicts say it changes lives
Kim Minugh, The Sacramento Bee

In July, a judge offered Charles Evins the chance to get out of jail two months early – in time for his daughters’ August birthdays – simply by enrolling in a life-skills program. He jumped at the opportunity.

It was a “get out of jail free card,” said Evins, who was serving a one-year sentence for burglary. It wasn’t because he felt the need to change. Not at first.

Yolo helps rehabilitated criminals clean up records

Daily Democrat

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announced the launch of the Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic.

The result of a collaboration between the Public Defender's Office and the UC Davis School of Law, the clinic will help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records to remove barriers to economic stability and avoid recidivism.

Santa Monica City Council to Vote on Funding for Youth Job Training ProgramJason Islas, Santa Monica Lookout

October 8, 2013 -- The City Council Tuesday could fund the City's first new program to help troubled youth in the wake of a spree of shootings in Santa Monica last summer that left seven dead.

Venice-based nonprofit St. Joseph Center will team up with Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) to run a vocational training program out of Virginia Avenue Park's Teen Center if the Council approves the $239,688 needed to fund the initiative.

Jury recommends death penalty for man convicted in rape, killing of Calif elderly widow
The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, California — A Southern California jury has recommended the death penalty for a 28-year-old man convicted of raping and killing an 84-year-old widow.

The jury made its recommendation in an Orange County courtroom Monday. Anthony Darnell Wade was found guilty in September of murder, rape, torture and other charges in the death of Bessie Mae Whyman. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12.