Friday, May 29, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Murder, Tragedy Are Familiar Themes For Actors In San Quentin Production Of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Dave Padilla, CBS

MARIN COUNTY (KCBS)— One of the toughest prisons in the United States is showcasing talent that shines new light on the plays of Shakespeare. Behind the walls of Marin County’s San Quentin Prison, inmate actors perform ‘Macbeth’ under the direction of the Marin Shakespeare Company.

Since 2003, the company has had a presence at San Quentin, where Shakespeare’s popularity has somehow penetrated both the boundaries and inmates ‘consciousness. The program grew and now full-length plays are performed.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Female Inmates Certified For Construction Trades
Lonnie Wong, Fox News

The California Prison Industry Authority graduated 65 women in its most recent class of vocational trainees at the Women’s Facility at Folsom State Prison.

Certificates were handed out in carpentry and construction labor, computer-aided design, health care facilities maintenance, warehouse and logistics, and customer representative training.

Folsom inmates acquitted in prison killing; third defendant hanged self in cell
Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee

Two New Folsom inmates were acquitted of murder Thursday in the bloody behind-bars killing of a convicted child molester that prosecutors said was ordered by a prison shot-caller, a verdict that came days after a third man convicted for his role in the alleged plot hanged himself in his cell.

Jurors found Michael Vera and Cameron Welch not guilty of the Feb. 25, 2012, slashing death of Richard Leonard at California State Prison, Sacramento. As the verdicts were read, Vera shed tears and looked in apparent disbelief as Welch exhaled a deep, loud breath.

OPINION

Which State Will Be Next to Drop the Death Penalty?
With Nebraska’s ban this week, a pattern emerges
Matt Stroud, Bloomberg

This week, Nebraska became the 19th U.S. state to abolish the death penalty, and the first since Maryland in 2013.

Who’s next?

Fourteen states, including Nebraska, have introduced bills this year to ban capital punishment, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit group that gathers public data about death penalty legislation and that favors banning the sentence. Four states voted no: South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming. That leaves bills in nine states that are still at least technically active.