Friday, October 23, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Daily Dish, The San Francisco Chronicle

Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing a lawsuit from the family of a prisoner who allegedly died after contracting a disease in jail while the actor was Governor of California.

The Terminator star was in office between 2003 and 2011, during which a fungal infection called Valley Fever broke out at a number of state prisons in California.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

OC Register

In the mid-1990s, Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, a popular sociology professor at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, interviewed 42 women at California Institution for Women in Chino. They all had been abused by their husbands or boyfriends, and they all were serving long-term sentences for killing their abusers.

In 2001, Dermody Leonard asked Warren Doody, an English professor at Vanguard, to transform her work into a play.

Chelcey Adami, The Californian

Ten children living in a dirty and unsafe trailer and sheds were rescued during a search warrant Wednesday that also netted 18 illegally owned firearms and several arrests on Elkhorn Road, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Around 8:11 a.m., sheriff's detectives and members of the Southern Monterey County Violence Suppression Collaboration served a state search warrant for child endangerment and illegal firearm possession at 1049 Elkhorn Road in northern Monterey County.

OPINION

Lompoc Record

California can’t seem to make up its mind about crime and punishment.

Years ago, the push was to get tougher on criminals, send a message that lawbreaking of almost any kind would not be tolerated. To write that message, California enacted one of the nation’s toughest three-strikes laws.

As with almost everything emanating from Sacramento, there were unintended consequences, stories of hapless petty criminals, often in a drug-induced haze, shoplifting a candy bar, and going to prison for life because it was their third strike.

Lawrence M. Wein and Mericcan Usta

PRISON reform is getting a big bipartisan pitch. Republicans and Democrats have professed their desire to do something, and earlier this week, more than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs said they would push for alternatives to arrests.

California has already had experience with mandated prison reform. Because of overcrowded facilities, the Supreme Court ordered it to reduce the prison population by more than 30,000 inmates. That has not led to an increase in violent crime, but it has led to overcrowding in the California county jails, which are now responsible for housing low-level felons previously handled by the state.