Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


By The Associated Press, Daily Republic

SACRAMENTO — As states deal with a nationwide shortage of execution drugs, California proposed Friday to allow corrections officials to choose one of four types of powerful barbiturates to execute prisoners on death row, depending on which one is available.
The single drug would replace the series of three drugs that were last used when Clarence Ray Allen was executed in 2006, strapped to a gurney in the old gas chamber of San Quentin State Prison.


Man convicted of 3 rapes expected to be exonerated

By The Associated Press, FoxNews
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge was expected Monday to exonerate a man convicted of three rapes after DNA evidence linked the crimes to a serial rapist wanted for assaults dating back two decades.
Luis Vargas has been in prison for 16 years for crimes he didn't commit, according to the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law, which took up his case in 2012.

State may vote again next November on death penalty ban

By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

Californians may be asked again to repeal the state’s delay-plagued death-penalty law in November, four years after narrowly retaining the law.
State election officials on Friday cleared a new initiative for circulation that would ban executions in California and make life imprisonment without parole the mandatory sentence for all capital murderers, including the nearly 750 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest Death Row.


California's Prop. 47 revolution: How to spend the savings 

By The Times Editorial BoardContact Reporter, Los Angeles Times

What is the value to the county of such a steep reduction in workload? Surely such a thing is quantifiable. If an increase in workload carries a cost, a decrease certainly brings savings. So how much savings? Where did it all go?

And what about the fact that L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, an outspoken opponent of Proposition 47, acknowledges that because of the ballot measure, he now has far fewer people moving through his jails? A year ago, the jails were so overcrowded that the sheriff could keep inmates who were convicted of misdemeanors for only 40% of their sentences. That number had at one point dropped to 20%. Today, the jail is still full, but inmates are being kept for 70% to 90% of their sentences because there are fewer new convicts coming in each day.
By Kim Steele, Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE - The two Ironwood State Prison employees who stopped to rescue a woman trapped in a burning vehicle last October were just doing what anyone else would have done.

"I saw the plume of dust and I had to stop," said Lt. Thelma Wooldridge, who was on her way home to Ehrenberg, Ariz., when she came across the single-vehicle crash on Interstate 10.