Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

 CALIFORNIA INMATES

First inmates arrive at Taft MCCF
Bus brings in 38 prisoners in pink jumpsuits. More coming later in the week
Doug Keeler, Midway Driller

Taft's newly remodeled Modified Community Correctional Facility is officially back in business.
 

Artist sells inmate art to aid San Quentin projects
Vicki Larson, Marin Independent Journal

ALL LESLIE LAKES wanted to do was buy some art from an online auction.
She did, but she received a lot more than beautiful drawings to hang in her Montclair, N.J., home about eight years ago. Lakes ended up forging deep friendships with the artists — incarcerated men and women from around the country.


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Judge halts enforcement of laws restricting parole decisions
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
 

In a victory for life prisoners in California seeking release on parole, a federal judge has ordered a halt to enforcement of a voter-approved measure that lengthened the time between parole hearings and limited the governor's authority, under another ballot measure, to overturn the parole board's decisions.
 

Federal court ruling could mean the parole of more murderers in California
Rina Palta, Southern California Public Radio-KPCC
 

A judge in Sacramento struck down portions of two tough-on-crime ballot initiatives that for years have stymied the ability of prisoners to be released on parole.

DEATH PENALTY

Death penalty upheld for defendant forced to wear stun belt
Jonathan Keith Jackson, who was convicted of murder, said the possibility of being shocked with 50,000 volts affected his demeanor before jurors.
Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times
 

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence Monday for a man who was forced to wear a stun belt during his trial, rejecting arguments that the prospect of being electrically shocked adversely affected his demeanor before jurors.

CORRECTIONS RELATED
 

How Obamacare May Lower the Prison Population More Than Any Reform in a Generation
Elijah Wolfson, Newsweek

While many have focused on the individual mandate, and the online (and glitchy) insurance exchanges, one of the most potentially impactful elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has flown more or less under the radar. It may be the biggest piece of prison reform the U.S. will see in this generation.