Monday, April 28, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Willow Creek rancher convinces Mule Creek escapees to ‘wait’ for deputies
Matthew Hedger, Amador Ledger Dispatch


A 78-year-old Amador County rancher is being credited with locating and “covering” two Mule Creek Prison escapees on his ranch near Willow Creek Road and Highway 16.


Elden Wait was tending sheep Saturday morning when a neighbor called to say two men were walking across his property.


Sacramento burglar sentenced to death for killing ‘a totally innocent victim’

Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee

In case there was any question in Ronnie Vang’s mind, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White reminded the convicted killer Friday why he was about to join the other 745 inmates who have been sentenced to San Quentin’s death row as of April 2.


Making Contact - Shh!: Words vs. Bars: How Prison Poets Escape
KPFA.Org


Locked up for month, years, or decades.  Poetry is form of self-expression that's become vital to the incarcerated.  In Prison, Poetry can keep you sane, and help you move towards a better future. To mark National Poetry Month, we bring you a special production by the Prison Poetry Workshop. We go from California's San Quentin prison, to a group of Alabama prison poets. And we'll meet a legendary prison poet of the 1960's who helped spark a literary movement.


To watch the video follow this link:  http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/102277


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Man Convicted of Sodomizing Infants At Large, May Be in Turlock
Alex Cantatore, Turlock City News

A Fresno man who was convicted for sodomizing two infants is now at large, and may be in Stanislaus County.

The California Department of Corrections issued a warrant for the offender, Kenneth Lawson, on April 16. He was released on GPS-monitored parole, but is believed to have cut off his GPS tracking ankle bracelet.


OPINION
Viewpoints: Think twice before making misdemeanors of felonies
Ben Boychuk, The Sacramento Bee

My 11-year-old son got an eccentric introduction to California’s initiative process recently.
He was tagging along as I dropped a check in the mail to the Franchise Tax Board. Outside the post office, we encountered a man with an armload of clipboards. He was doing his best impression of an old-time carnival barker.
 

Behind the bars of reason
The Lompoc Record

It is a known fact that California's counties are stepchildren of the state. Too often, they are treated by state officials like naughty stepchildren.


If the California Legislature and whoever happens to be in the governor's office at the time make budgeting mistakes — which happens far more frequently than it should — the state always has an out: Just go to the counties, or the schools, or various social service programs, take their funds and patch up the state's budget hole.


Our rigid sentencing laws leave no room for nuanced judgment
Some readers thought a 40-year sentence for a nonfatal campus shooting was too harsh. But our tough-on-crime statutes don't weigh the humanity or the potential of criminals.
Sandy Banks, The Los Angeles Times


My column Tuesday on the courtroom tears of a gang member sentenced to 40 years in prison for a campus shooting resonated with readers — but not in the way I imagined it would.