Friday, June 20, 2014

Daily Corrections Clips


Parole denied Woodland man convicted of 1990 slaying
Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A Woodland man convicted of a 1990 murder near Knights Landing has been denied parole.
A state Board of Parole Hearings panel on Wednesday denied parole for 52-year-old Thomas Branscum during a hearing at California State Prison, Corcoran, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. 

Report: Probation couldn't prevent serial killings
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — An internal review by federal probation officials has found that officers properly supervised two sex offenders who are charged with the rape and murder of four women in California.

A report from an internal review praised probation agents for classifying Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon as high risk and warning them not to spend time together, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday The reviewers said it would have been difficult to compare GPS data from the state system tracking Cano and the federal system tracking Gordon to see how often they disobeyed the warning.


Female prison inmates sterilized illegally, California audit confirms

Corey G. Johnson, The Center For Investigative Reporting

The California state auditor today blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates, finding numerous illegal surgeries and violations of the state’s informed-consent law.

Of the 144 tubal ligations performed on inmates from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13, auditors found, more than a quarter – 39 – were done without lawful consent, according to the report by State Auditor Elaine Howle. The “true number” of illegal procedures might be higher, the audit said, because auditors found seven cases at one hospital for which health records were lost in a routine purging.

Audit faults lack of consent for California inmate sterilizations
David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

More than one-quarter of inmate sterilizations performed in California from mid-2005 to mid-2013 followed deficient consent procedures, including 18 cases in which the waiting period between consent and surgery was potentially violated, the state auditor said Thursday.

State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report that of 144 inmates sterilized using bilateral tubal ligations, 39 inmates were sterilized "following deficiencies in the informed consent process." In addition to cases in which the auditor said waiting periods may have been violated, the auditor found no evidence in 27 of 39 cases that the inmate's doctor had signed a required consent form.

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San Quentin inmate spared 54-year sentence for spitting, threats
Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

A San Quentin inmate who was facing 54 years to life for spitting on a prison counselor and threatening a guard succeeded in getting a 15-year term instead.

Earl Thomas, 54, could have received the higher sentence because of his three prior strike convictions under the "three strikes" law. But after a hearing in Marin County Superior Court, a judge agreed to disregard two of those strikes.

Judge Kelly Simmons said a life sentence felt "out of proportion" for spitting and making threats.


Arts Council on the right course
Caille Gavin, The Bakersfield Californian

Slow but steady stays the course could be the motto of David Gordon, who in May was appointed executive director of the Arts Council of Kern by the nonprofit's board of directors.
As one who has criticized the council's actions and operations in the recent past, I am pleased to see the nonprofit gradually regaining its strength and stability.


After a career working in California prisons, Robert Marquez heeds call to Flathead Valley

David Reese, Bigfork Eagle

As a devout Christian Robert Marquez is big on forgiveness.
But it took a lot of forgiveness to overcome a gang murder of his younger sister in 1997.

Marquez, who lives in Lakeside, went on after his sister’s murder to become one of the nation’s experts on gangs.

He worked for 19 years inside some of California’s toughest maximum-security prisons where gang members were incarcerated. There he learned the methods, symbology and tactics that gangs use — inside and outside of prisons.

Revamping suggested for state's new definition of recidivism
Marc Benjamin, The Fresno Bee

Recidivism is generally defined as repeated imprisonment, but California law enforcement officials have different meanings depending on the county where they work.

Board of State and Community Corrections officials spent Wednesday in Fresno taking comments from law enforcement leaders about how to define recidivism. It was the first of three meetings to consider changes to the newly proposed definition, which a board committee says is "a conviction of a new crime committed within three years of release from custody or committed within three years of placement on supervision for a previous conviction."