Friday, October 30, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

New trial ruling in 1987 Chico killings to be appealed

Andre Byik, Chico Enterprise-Record

A federal court ruling that a former Chico State University football player sitting on Death Row is entitled to a new trial in the 1987 killings of a Chico couple, will be appealed.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a 2013 district court decision that threw out the murder convictions and death penalty sentence of Steven Edward Crittenden.


CORRECTIONS RELATED

When the Mentally Ill Get Entangled in the Criminal Justice System

Scott Shafer, KQED

The number of people with mental illness in California's prisons and jails has almost doubled in the last 15 years. In this hour, we'll look at what happens to those with mental illness when they land in the criminal justice system. We'll also discuss San Francisco's implementation of Laura's Law, which allows courts to force the mentally ill into treatment. Some advocates view this as a way to get people with severe mentally illness treatment before they commit crimes.

Motel standoff ends in robber’s arrest

Foothills Sun-Gazette

A motel standoff with police ended in the arrest of the primary suspect in an armed robbery in Strathmore.

At about 5 p.m. on Oct. 24, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation-Special Services Unit received information that 28-year-old Jose ACarrientos of Porterville, who was suspected of an armed robbery a month earlier in Strathmore, was currently staying at the Marco Polo Motel in Visalia. Investigators responded to the location and observed Barrientos and a female, later identified as 41-year-old Andrea Michelle Jimenez of Porterville, entering motel room number 140. Investigators attempted to have Barrientos exit the motel room by making calls into to the room but Barrientos refused.


OPINION

Prop. 47 sentencing reform is working as promised

Jeff Rosen, Special to the San Jose Mercury News

Once I believed law enforcement ruined my life and I would not recover. I've come to realize it was indeed what saved me from "no life."

-- A letter of thanks to the judge from a defendant recently granted a resentencing under Proposition 47.