Friday, April 4, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Lawsuit Challenges Ban on Voting for Prisoners Under Community Supervision
Sara Hossaini, The California Report

An Alameda County Superior Court judge heard arguments this week in a case that could grant voting rights to tens of thousands of former prisoners across the state. California law prohibits those in prison and on parole from voting, but the law doesn't address a new group of offenders created by realignment.

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Community meetings in Yolo County to discuss public safety objectives
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Yolo County officials have scheduled four community meetings next week to discuss ways to enhance public safety in the wake of the state’s prison realignment.

Assembly Bill 109 was enacted in 2011 in an effort to reduce state prison overcrowding by placing supervision and incarceration responsibilities for people convicted of nonserious, nonsexual and nonviolent offenses with county criminal justice systems.

‘Dangerous felon’ escapes from a Merced County jail
Rob Parsons, The Fresno Bee

A “dangerous felon” escaped early Thursday from a Merced County jail but may have seriously injured himself on razor wire climbing over a security fence, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Realignment problems, solutions aired

Charles Roberts, Highland Community News

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon finds that prison realignment has brought some additional challenges to the county, but some opportunities for new solutions, as well. Speaking at the Town Hall meeting at East Highlands Ranch Wednesday, March 26, McMahon said the state was at 160 percent of capacity in its prisons and was ordered by a federal court to bring it down to 137.5 percent.


McFarland women's prison to reopen
Ruth Brown, The Bakersfield Californian

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has signed a contract to reopen a women's prison in McFarland that will house about 260 inmates.

The McFarland Female Community Reentry Facility will be owned and operated by The GEO Group Inc. The private company signed a $9 million annual contract Tuesday with CDCR that runs through June 30, 2018.


California Supreme Court rules on two juvenile justice issues
Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

The California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a juvenile must have the consent of the defense lawyer to plead no contest to criminal charges.
The ruling reversed an opinion by the 3rd District Court of Appeal, which had overturned a decision by a Sacramento Superior Court judge.


Runner set for multi-marathon benefit
Bob Brownne, Tracy Press

Mac Chambers is a natural for an eight-day, 205-mile run through the desert.
The 39-year-old California Department of Corrections officer and committed distance runner not only enjoys the sport and the challenge, he is motivated by an opportunity to run for a good cause.