Friday, July 24, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Ruling could have a broad application for immigrant workers
Jennie Rodriguez-Moore, Record

STOCKTON — A federal court has found that a Stockton man’s civil rights were violated when California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation denied him employment because he had used a fake social security number in the past to work while he was undocumented.

Victor Guerrero, who became a U.S. citizen in 2011, applied for a correctional officer position twice after becoming a citizen, both times disclosing he had used a false social security number in a questionnaire, an answer that cut him from the eligibility list each time after having passed written and physical examinations.


Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun

More than 30 years after the slaughter of a family and a young friend in what is now Chino Hills, the case of death row inmate Kevin Cooper will be the subject of an hour-long episode of CNN’s “Death Row Stories,” Sunday.

Since his arrest following the June 1983 slayings of Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter, Jessica, and her friend, Christopher Hughes, 11, Cooper has maintained his innocence, claiming he was framed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office. Cooper is represented by attorneys at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe on a pro bono basis.

Courtenay Edelhart, The Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Coroner’s office Thursday identified a man found dead in a Wasco State Prison cell as Roberto Gomez Guerrero.

The 57-year-old man was found dead in a prison cell at 8:27 a.m. Saturday.

The cause of death is under investigation.


Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Juvenile offenders, just like their adult counterparts, are entitled to have certain felonies reclassified as misdemeanors under a crime initiative approved by voters last year, a California appeals court ruled Thursday.

The ruling by a division of the 4th District Court of Appeal could spare juvenile offenders from tougher sentences in future criminal cases, said Barry Krisberg, a criminologist at the University of California, Berkeley who specializes in juvenile justice.

Joe Palazzolo, The Wall Street Journal

Inmates aged 50 years and older represent the fastest growing population in federal and state prisons. In January, The Wall Street Journal highlighted research that attributes much of the growth to more middle-age offenders entering prison.

Jeremy Luallen and Chris Cutler of research firm Abt Associates Inc. have gone a step further in a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. How much, they wondered, has the aging of society influenced the graying of the prisoner population?

Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A recent change in California law making certain drug and property crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies played "a significant role" in the rising crime rate in Los Angeles County and has taken away the incentive for addicts to seek treatment, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Thursday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, McDonnell also said legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a bad idea and that recent public backlash against police over use of force is having an impact on his agency, the largest sheriff's department in the country.