Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Katrina Cameron, Contra Costa Times

LAFAYETTE -- While some may see them as felons in jumpsuits, California residents of cities affected by threatening wildfires know inmate firefighters as the "angels in orange."

"I think the best part is when you get off a shift and you're cruising through the town and there are little old ladies or little old men going 'Thank you, firefighters,'" said inmate firefighter Culvin May, 39, from the Delta Conservation Camp in Suisun City.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: Back in the 1990s at Laura Dawn Manor, 7301 FlorinWoods Drive, Sacramento, there was a robbery, and a father and a grandfather were shot and killed. Has the suspect ever been caught?

Sumtone, Sacramento

A: Two gang members, Samreth Sam Pan and Run Peter Chhoun, were convicted in a murder spree that included the July 27, 1995 slayings of a Sacramento father and son at their apartment on Florinwood Drive.

DEATH PENALTY

NBC News

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has denied a last-minute attempt to delay the execution of a convicted serial killer who claims he's intellectually disabled.

Attorneys for Alfredo Prieto -- who will be the first Virginia inmate to be executed in nearly three years -- had asked McAuliffe to grant a temporary reprieve of his Oct. 1 execution so that the 49-year-old can be transferred to California. His lawyers there hope to argue that Prieto is ineligible for the death penalty because he's intellectually disabled.

REALIGNMENT

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Landmark changes in California's criminal justice system four years ago have not saved the state money or reduced the rate of convicts who are quickly back behind bars as proponents had promised, but the changes also did not produce a feared spike in violent crime, an independent research organization said Monday.

About 18,000 offenders who previously would have been in prison or jail have been released since October 2011, the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California estimated in its report. That's when the state shifted responsibility for inmates convicted of nonviolent, nonsexual and less serious crimes to county jails.

Wes Bowers, Record

STOCKTON — The Public Policy Institute of California on Monday night released a report of Assembly Bill 109's first four years of implementation, and concluded that prison realignment has been largely successful.

However, the report titled “Public Safety Realignment: Impacts So Far,” also concludes that state and county correctional systems are still facing challenges.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

FOX 40 News

The state inspector general says a fourth California state prison has legally adequate health care.

The announcement on Monday opens the door for federal officials to consider returning control of medical care at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison to the state corrections department. The prison is in Blythe, 225 miles east of Los Angeles.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Sandy Banks, The Los Angeles Times

Proposition 47 has been blamed for a lot since it passed last fall: a rise in crime, a surge in homelessness, throngs of emboldened drug users and thieves who aren't worried anymore about going to jail.

But on Sunday, at an event that drew more than 4,000 people to Exposition Park, I saw what the new law ought to get credit for: allowing law-abiding folks to clean up ancient criminal records that can keep them on society's margins, blocked from good jobs, locked out of decent housing and barred from student loans.

California’s inflated correctional system puts pressure on civic construction projects.
Russell Nichols, Comstock’s

California prisons weren’t built yesterday. Most of these aging structures date back to the middle of last century, relics of a time when the prison population hovered around 10,000 — just a fraction of the bloated 110,000 we have now.

To say these facilities are overcrowded would be a gross understatement. From 1982 to 2000, the state’s prison population, the biggest in the nation, spiked 500 percent. And inside those decrepit walls, the conditions are so horrific that in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California prisons violated prisoners’ Eighth Amendment rights to adequate health care.

Ryan Chalk, Times Herald

A former state prison worker’s hobbies of community theater and pick-up basketball led a Solano County Superior Court jury to find him guilty of five fraud related charges as he was supposedly injured and unable to work at the time.

After a nearly monthlong trial, Hosea Morgan, a Vallejo resident and former San Quentin State Prison worker, was found guilty of five charges including several acts of fraud and grand theft related to a pair of worker’s compensation claims filed in 2009. At trial, jurors heard from numerous witnesses in the case that had involvement in processing his claims, and later, investigating and documenting his daily life while he collected money from the State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund).