Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


California takes step toward using 1 drug in executions

By The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California took the next step Tuesday in its plan to use a single drug to execute condemned prisoners, nine years after the nation's most populous state last carried out the death penalty.
Spurred by a lawsuit, the state sent its proposed new procedures to the California Office of Administrative Law, but they won't be published for more than a week. The regulations for using one drug instead of the current three were proposed as numerous states grapple with their execution policies because of legal challenges and a shortage of lethal drugs.

California prison officials propose new executions protocol

Sharon Bernstein, Reuters
SACRAMENTO – California prison officials on Tuesday filed proposed new guidelines for using lethal injection to kill condemned inmates, a step that could lead to a resumption of the death penalty in a state that has not conducted an execution since 2006.
The most populous U.S. state, a Democratic stronghold where public support for the death penalty has been slipping for years, stopped executing prisoners after Clarence Ray Allen was put to death nearly 10 years ago for three murders in Fresno.


No door signs required for parolees on Halloween

Dana Littlefield, San Diego Union-Tribune
An attorney said Monday that her request for temporary restraining order against state authorities has been dropped after she learned in court that sex offender parolees won’t be required to post signs outside their homes on Halloween night to ward off trick-or-treaters.
Janice Bellucci filed a lawsuit in San Diego federal court earlier this month on behalf of a parolee living in Chula Vista, accusing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of violating his civil rights.

California sex offenders not required to post signs warning Halloween trick-or-treaters to stay away

Vince Cestone, KRON
SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Sex offenders in California will not be required to post signs warning trick-or-treaters to stay away this Halloween.
It is a compromise just reached this week between the Department of Corrections and a group that challenged the requirement. At issue is Operation Boo, a program that puts special Halloween restrictions.


Inmates encourage students to make better choices

Sean Carson, Union Democrat
When inmate John Lopez spoke Monday to students at Sonora Elementary School, the experience was bittersweet. 
As a teenager, a school speaker gave Lopez direction. He stopped a pattern of drugs and alcohol use, entered culinary school and, by his early 20s, secured a coveted sous chef position at a Sacramento sushi restaurant. 

Gag order denied in case of former NFL player Lawrence Phillips

Jason Kotowski, Bakersfield Californian
A Kern County judge denied a prosecutor’s motion Tuesday to issue a blanket gag order in the case of former NFL player Lawrence Phillips, charged with murder in the death of his cellmate in a Delano prison. 
Judge Colette M. Humphrey found the case has not received an undue amount of publicity in Kern County, and said she expects attorneys on both sides to act in an ethical manner.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Sued for Wrongful Death of Prisoner During His Time as California Governor

Kara Warner, People
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been sued for wrongful death and negligence during his time as governor of California regarding a prisoner who contracted and later died from "Valley Fever."

In the legal documents filed Oct. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by PEOPLE, the children of former prisoner Rodney Taylor Sr. allege that Schwarzenegger and two former California state officials did not take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of "Valley Fever" in the state prisons which they claim ultimately led to their father's death in 2014. 


California's Prop. 47 revolution: Why are police refusing to make misdemeanor arrests?

Robert Greene, LA Times
California law distinguishes between felonies, misdemeanors and infractions, with different punishments for each. So when Proposition 47 changed six felonies into misdemeanors, it of course made a real-world difference: Maximum penalties for drug possession and five theft crimes dropped from an average of three years in state prison (although for the past few years, most of those sentences have been served in county jail) to, now, up to one year in county jail. Sentences were reduced, but jail time remains part of the mix.
But there is a procedural difference as well, and critics of Proposition 47 often speak as if those differences made the change even more drastic, in effect decriminalizing those six offenses, turning them into infractions like parking violations, with officers issuing citations or tickets instead of making arrests, and offenders not bothering to show up for their court dates in the belief that jail time was no longer possible.

More prisoners not formula for less crime

By The Editorial Board, LA Daily News

When federal officials begin to free 6,000 prisoners this week it will be one of the largest prison releases in U.S. history.
It also will be a symbolic blow to the lock-’em-up, tough-on-crime approach that has made the United States home to the world’s largest prison population.