Friday, April 11, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

CrimeFighters Manhunt: Lucas Saiz
Carlo Cecchetto, CBS 8

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The CBS News 8 CrimeFighters are helping authorities in a manhunt for a fugitive who continues to evade authorities. 


Lucas Saiz, 32, is wanted by the California State Parole Agents for violating the terms of his release. He has a criminal history of robbery, multiple burglaries, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a stolen property.


Registered sex offender sweep
Palo Verde Valley Times


BLYTHE, Calif. - Members from Colorado River Sheriff's Station and California Department of Corrections Parole Unit conducted compliance checks on registered sex offenders within the unincorporated community areas of Blythe, Mesa Verde, Ripley, and North River April 9.

OPINION

Keeping California's worst behind bars
The case of serial rapist Christopher Hubbart illustrates how the state needs a sentencing commission outside the political process to recommend sensible and balanced terms for offenses.
The Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hubbart has had a hard time trying to find a place to live, and no wonder. He's a serial rapist who assaulted women in the 1970s and '80s, was convicted and released, only to rape again. He was committed indefinitely to a mental facility until such time as he was determined by authorities to no longer be a threat.

Decision to let skateboard killer out early is troubling
Gov. Jerry Brown made the right call in blocking Roberto Holguin’s release
The Tribune

It astounds us that a juvenile parole board would have voted to release convicted murderer Roberto Holguin after he threatened to shoot Gov. Jerry Brown and filled a journal with “many references to violence.”

That’s on top of the heinous crime that put him in custody in the first place.Some background: Holguin was just 13 when he bludgeoned 87-year-old Gerald O’Malley to death with a skateboard.


CALIFORNIA INMATES
 

Judge finds treatment of California’s mentally ill inmates ‘horrific’
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee


Following weeks of graphic court testimony and chilling videos of inmates writhing in pain as they were blasted with pepper spray, a federal judge has found that the use of force against mentally ill inmates in California prisons is unconstitutionally harsh.


Citing the “horrific” videos he viewed during hearings last fall and a wealth of other evidence, U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton on Thursday ordered state officials to continue revising the use-of-force procedures deployed against the state’s 33,000 mentally ill prisoners and to limit the use of solitary confinement as a means of disciplining such inmates.