Friday, November 13, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

abc

DELANO, Calif. - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is investigating as a potential homicide the death of an inmate Wednesday morning at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP).

Inmate Gustavo Vital, 34, was found unresponsive in his cell at 1:50 a.m. Nov. 11. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures, and an ambulance was called. Vital succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:20 a.m. Nov. 11. His next-of-kin has been notified.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Kim Steele, Palo Verde Times

BLYTHE - Ironwood State Prison has curtailed a private company's work at the facility after a court found that its $88 million construction contract was improper and set it aside.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Lewis recently found that the contract, which had been awarded to contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Inc., of Delaware, should have been given to West Coast Air Conditioning Co. Inc. in San Diego County.

DEATH PENALTY

Paige St. John and Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

Removing one of the several obstacles to resuming executions in California, a federal appeals panel on Thursday struck down a judge's ruling that the state's snarled capital punishment system is arbitrary and therefore unconstitutional.

In overturning the July 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney, however, the panel did not squarely address whether California's death penalty is so dysfunctional that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Sean Emery, The Orange County Register

A Santa Ana judge’s ruling challenging the constitutionality of California’s delay-plagued death penalty system was reversed Thursday by a federal appeals court, despite arguments that convicts’ long waits on death row constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

The three-judge 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel was faced with a trial judges decision to spare a murderer convicted two decades ago from the death penalty because of the state’s “arbitrary and dysfunctional” capital punishment system.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times

A Granite Falls man who went missing earlier this month was shot to death by a man who has fled the state, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s investigators are searching for George Hatt Jr., 49, in connection with the slaying of Andrew Spencer.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California awarded $500 million on Thursday to 15 counties to pay for new classrooms, mental health facilities and other projects intended to help rehabilitate prisoners.

The Board of State and Community Corrections approved the projects despite concerns over a plan by Butte County to contribute matching money from inmate welfare funds.

Patrick S. Pemberton, The Tribune

A prison guard accused of taking part in a deadly San Miguel bar fight last year was involved in four previous documented bar fights and was banned for life at one establishment because of numerous altercations, according to a court motion.

Although the prosecution filed the motion to show Travis Woolf has a propensity for fighting, 17 supporters have submitted letters to the court attesting to Woolf’s character.