Monday, April 27, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Lake County News

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, operates 39 conservation camps with approximately 200 fire crews throughout California.

This partnership of state agencies provides a large force of trained crews for all types of emergency incidents and resource conservation projects.

The Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit inmate fire crews from Delta Conservation Camp and Konocti Conservation Camp will hold their annual fire crew preparedness exercises in Lake County on Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30.


It's not exactly the opening day experience of Yankee Stadium, but for some of the inmates at San Quentin State Prison, baseball games have come to carry just as much weight.

That's right. Baseball, in prison.

The idea of prison league sports has been covered and depicted before, perhaps most-notably in the movie "The Longest Yard." And Michael Vick reportedly played prison football while serving time.

But in a recent episode of "The Americans with Charlie LeDuff," the host visited the California prison for an inside look.

Kerana Todorov, Napa Valley Register

An inmate dying from cancer will be able to die at his mother’s house in Napa after a judge ordered him released, saying he does not pose a threat to society.

Napa County Superior Court Judge Diane Price resentenced Randy Weeks on Friday to time served under the state compassionate release law. Weeks had been serving a 12-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter. He could have been released in July 2016.

Price let Weeks out early so over the objections of District Attorney Gary Lieberstein and pleas from the family of the victim, Edwin Njuguna, including his 18-year-old daughter, Savannah Njuguna.

Rachel Zentz, The Salinas Californian

Gary Raymond Xavier, 47, an inmate at Salinas Valley State Prison, was convicted by a jury on March 24 of two assaults with deadly weapons, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo.

At the time of the crimes, Xavier was serving a term of 20 years for five robberies he was convicted of in 2002 and was scheduled for parole in July 2015.




REALIGNMENT

Don Thompson, The Associated Press, and Rob Parsons, Merced Sun-Star

The number of inmates released from early from Merced County’s two jails has increased each year since 2011 when the state implemented Assembly Bill 109, also known as the State Prison Realignment Act.

The average daily inmate population has increased in Merced County each year over the same time period, according to numbers obtained by the Merced Sun-Star.
Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Sullivan confirmed the population increases and subsequent early releases are a direct result of the impact of AB 109 on Merced County.




CORRECTIONS RELATED

Steven Greenhut, San Diego Union-Tribune

SACRAMENTO — At the end of the Cold War, policy makers talked about the “peace dividend” — huge budgetary savings that could go elsewhere because fewer dollars were needed to deal with a vanquished Soviet Union. Americans may be facing a similar possibility closer to home, as crime levels plummet to the lowest they’ve been in decades.

Such a large portion of local and state budgets goes toward “public safety” — police services, courts, probation, prisons and jails — that there’s vast opportunity for a “domestic peace dividend.” Yet disagreement about the cause for the drop makes it hard for policymakers to know exactly how to respond to the good news.

And public misconception about crime rates — most think crime is stable or rising — makes it tough to back away from long-running tough-on-crime policies.

Meghan Walsh, OZY

Bonnie Lanz wakes up every morning at 5, puts on a pot of coffee and sits down to write a letter. Six hours north, her boyfriend follows a similar routine. The only difference? He’s locked in a cell at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison. 

Lanz, the business manager at a Harley-Davidson shop in Vacaville, California, was 47 the first time she wrote to an inmate. She’d been married once and raised three kids, had no intention of getting involved romantically and was writing for altruistic reasons. Yet a year and a half later, she’s making the 368-mile drive every Friday night so she can spend the weekend with her sweetie, even if it’s just playing Scrabble in a cold, crowded prison visiting room.