Monday, August 10, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

California is first in the nation to agree to pay for a transgender inmate's sex reassignment operation, but the state's settlement of a recent court case sidesteps the question of whether such surgery is a constitutional right.

The state concedes that Shiloh Quine, who entered the California prison system in 1980 as Rodney, suffers severe gender dysphoria that can be treated only by physically conforming her body to her psychological gender.

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is allowing parole for a transgender inmate who is trying to force California to become the first state to pay for sex reassignment surgery.

A federal judge in April ordered the state to provide the surgery, which had been scheduled for July. It was delayed after the state appealed.


The Associated Press

Kidnapper James Schoenfeld, 63, was released from the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo at 5:15 a.m. Friday, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown allowed the parole board’s decision granting Schoenfeld's parole to stand.


Chelcey Adami, The Californian

Over the last six months, a small group of Salinas Valley State Prison inmates have been steadily working to reach beyond the walls of the prison and help hundreds of children across the state.

They raised more than $5,700 for Monterey County Get on the Bus, a statewide nonprofit program through the Center for Restorative Justice Works, that helps children visit parents who are incarcerated.

USA Today

SACRAMENTO — About 800 of the thousands of residents evacuated because of a wildfire in Northern California were able to return home after the fire reached 45% containment Thursday night.

Cooler overnight temperatures have helped the more than 3,500 firefighters battling the Rocky Fire, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, that began July 29. The fire, burning east of Lower Lake and stretching into Colusa, Lake and Yolo counties grew to about 109 square miles Thursday, making it larger than the size of the City of Sacramento.


SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A prison escapee was recaptured in Tijuana after being at large for nearly two months, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Sunday.

Baja California police apprehended Jesse Lozano Sr., who escaped the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's La Cima Camp in Julian on June 15.

Aja Goare, MTN News

BILLINGS - A huge methamphetamine trafficking operation from California to Montana was dismantled Thursday with the completion of Operation Pale Mule.

The so-called mastermind of the drug operation, Jason Neel, 31, was orchestrating the deals from his California state prison cell where he was serving time for murder.

The multi-agency drug bust resulted in the conviction of 13 total defendants, which includes four people from Montana.



The realignment of California's criminal justice system, with less emphasis on prison time and more emphasis on probation, or street time, has many wondering whether it is a cost-effective crime-control strategy. What are the savings? What are the costs? Has realignment had any effect on the state's crime and recidivism rates? What are the facts?

Well talk to two experts -- Dr. Steven Raphael, a professor of public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Magnus Lofstrom, a senior research fellow at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.


Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News

Less than half of victims of violent crimes or their families in Los Angeles County last year were paid restitution owed to them by defendants, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

“A lot of victims still do not know if they suffer some sort of harm, economically or physically, they are entitled to restitution, not just from the state, but also from person charged with the crime,” Lacey told the Board of Supervisors last week.

Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee

Citrus Heights police Officer Wesley Herman recently arrested a parolee carrying stolen jewelry and a deceased man’s identification card.

If the property was valued at more than $950, the case was a felony that would let him take the man into custody. If not, it was a misdemeanor and he’d get a citation.

The first words out of his mouth, Herman said, were, “Am I going to jail?”

Matt Van Slyke, KSBY

NOTE: The writer has been informed that prisons have not been “emptied out” following Realignment, and he was clarified on Realignment and Proposition 47.

Local law enforcement leaders expressed frustration Friday with federal and state laws they say have hindered their departments and indirectly led to the deadly sexual assault of 64-year-old Santa Maria resident Marilyn Pharis.

At a news conference announcing murder charges against Jose Villagomez and undocumented immigrant Victor Martinez, Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin decried two state laws and also national immigration policy he says have handcuffed local law enforcement.


The Sacramento Bee

In a week that marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Secretary of State Alex Padilla dropped California’s appeal of Michael Scott v. Debra Bowen, and that is worthy of note.

Padilla’s action is not on a par with the landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. But because of his decision, a needless barrier to voting is gone.