Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

DEATH PENALTY

California execution process tied to ruling in Oklahoma case
Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state corrections department and families of murder victims have reached an agreement, announced Tuesday, that would tie California's execution procedure to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The settlement filed in Sacramento County Superior Court late Monday resolves a lawsuit that was filed by crime victims to force the state to more quickly adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates.
 

California officials reach settlement on path to resuming executions
Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

Authorities in California, where the death penalty has been on hold since 2006, have reached a court settlement that would require the state to create lethal injection rules that could allow it to resume executions, officials said on Tuesday.

Attorneys for the most populous U.S. state submitted the settlement to a Sacramento court on Monday in a lawsuit brought by family members of murder victims who say the state's failure to provide a viable execution method denies them justice.

State to create new lethal injection method under legal settlement
Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

Nearly a decade after the state last executed a prisoner, California has agreed to a settlement that moves the state closer to restarting the death chamber.

The settlement of a lawsuit brought by crime victims’ families requires Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to unveil a new method of lethal injection this year. That method, which Brown officials said would be a single-drug lethal injection, will be subject to public comment and court challenges.

If the plan survives the scrutiny and litigation, it still could be stymied by difficulty in obtaining drugs needed for executions. Manufacturers, pressed by death penalty opponents, are refusing to sell drugs for executions. Compounding pharmacies, another possible source of the drugs, also could have trouble procuring the necessary chemicals to make them.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Appeals court upholds Schwarzenegger's clemency for Nuñez son
Christopher Goffard, The Los Angeles Times

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger waited until his last day in office to announce the commutation of convicted killer Esteban Nuñez, the son of a powerful political ally, and then gave this explanation: “Of course you help a friend.”

His decision in January 2011 to reduce Nuñez’s sentence from 16 years to seven years sparked outraged editorials, swift legislation, an outcry from victims’ rights groups and widespread condemnation from Democrats and Republicans.

REALIGNMENT

County reports AB 109 put pressure on jail
Kern Golden Empire

BAKERSFIELD, CA- Kern County Supervisors got an update this morning on the impact of the first three years of prison realignment.

AB 109 was passed in 2011, changing where sentences for certain felonies were served.

Thousands of low-level offenders that used to go to prison were sent instead to county jails.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

California Senate passes bill limiting use of solitary confinement for juveniles

Lisa P. White lwhite, Contra Costa Times

Following a landmark ban on the practice in Contra Costa County, the state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill limiting the use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders.

Legislation by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, permits the use of solitary confinement in state and county juvenile correctional facilities only if an inmate poses an "immediate and substantial risk" to others or threatens the security of the facility. Co-sponsors of the bill include Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the California Public Defenders Association and the Youth Justice Coalition. The Assembly is expected to consider the bill this summer.
 

71 Arrests Made During Probation, Parole Searches In Solano Co.
The weeklong effort combined multiple law enforcement agencies.
Susan C. Schena, Patch

Law enforcement agencies in Solano County made 71 arrests during probation and parole searches in Fairfield, a police lieutenant said.

The seven-day Street Criminal Apprehension Team detail between May 24 and Saturday included compliance checks on 55 residents on probation, parole or post-release community supervision in high crime areas, Fairfield police Lt. Rob Lenke said.