Monday, July 20, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Lynn Graebner, California Health Report

Bryan Hirayama, an assistant professor at Bakersfield Community College, made a little bit of history this year. He became one of the first community college professors to teach inside a California state prison in roughly the last 20 years.

Hirayama’s communications course at Kern Valley State Prison last spring led the way for hundreds of courses being planned by community colleges across the state as a result of Senate Bill 1391, signed into law last September.

Fleet Industry News

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations has implemented Fleetio’s web-based fleet management software to manage 1,500 vehicles.

Fleetio will allow the Division of Adult Parole Operations to more efficiently manage its fleet by tracking vehicle assignments and maintenance, importing bulk data from other current systems and gaining real-time insight into overall fleet utilisation and spending.


Rina Nakano, FOX 40 News        

A family is shocked after the Board of Parole Commissioners deemed a convicted murderer suitable for parole.

Sandy Ranzo-Howell said her family has never been the same. In 1979, her brother Phil was murdered with a baseball bat and an axe, and his wife Kathy Ranzo was raped and killed. It was a heinous committed by four young men, Marty Spears, Ronald Ray Anderson, Darren Lee, and Jeffrey Allen Maria, who entered their home in Stanislaus County.


Bianca Graulau, News 10

Fewer felons are going back to prison, according to a report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. However, the report also shows released felons are being arrested and convicted for new crimes just as much as they were more than 10 years ago.

Some local law enforcement agencies said the problem of packed prison cells has passed on to county jails.

Thomas G. Hoffman, The Sacramento Bee

In my 34-year career in law enforcement, I have seen many misrepresentations of crime and criminal justice policies.

That practice, sadly, continues as California makes important, necessary changes to its justice systems. The most recent example is the column “Safety is about more than securing our borders” (Insight, Marcos Breton, July 15).

The column misrepresents the intent and impact of Proposition 47, a voter initiative Californians approved in November to change six low-level, nonviolent offenses from felony to misdemeanor punishments. I voted for Proposition 47 because it will reduce waste in a bloated prison system that has had a recidivism rate of 60 percent for decades.

Prop. 47 Redefines ‘New Normal’ for Court System
Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent

Prosecuting attorney Kelly Scott reported that the District Attorney’s Office filed 39 percent fewer felony charges and 9 percent more misdemeanor charges in the six months since Prop. 47 was passed by voters last November. Prop. 47 downgraded six felonies — drug possession and theft of less than $950 being the two big ones — as part of a campaign to keep low-grade offenders out of California’s overcrowded prisons. (The savings generated, estimated to be anywhere from $100-$200 million, will be allocated to support mental health and recovery programs.)

Scott’s revelation came at a star-studded forum sponsored earlier in the week by the UC Hastings Alumni Association. Three sitting judges were on the panel as well as Sheriff Bill Brown, Probation Chief Tanja Heitman, and Public Defender Rai Montes de Oca. “We don’t know if this is going to be the new normal,” Scott said.