Thursday, January 7, 2016

Daily Corrections Calls

DEATH PENALTY

Jon Ortiz, The Sacramento Bee

San Quentin- Hundreds of men here live in limbo, condemned to death for heinous crimes, their punishments delayed for reasons political and legal.

Some are well known: Scott Peterson, convicted of murdering his wife and unborn son. Richard Allen Davis, whose murder of Polly Klaas prompted California’s “three strikes” law. “Sweethearts Killer” Richard Hirschfield, awaiting execution for murdering two UC Davis freshmen.

Hundreds of other men – and women – also do time on San Quentin’s notorious Death Row, one shift at a time.

Sharon Bernstein, Reuters

Stacked in cells five stories high and dozens across, the death-row inmates at California's San Quentin prison embody a political stalemate that has swollen their ranks to more than 700 - a quarter of all U.S. prisoners awaiting execution.

America's most populous state, which has not carried out an execution in a decade, begins 2016 at a pivotal juncture, as legal developments hasten the march toward resuming executions, while opponents seek to end the death penalty at the ballot box.

A day on San Quentin’s death row 
Tom Gogola, Pacific Sun

We’re at the end of the tour, and nobody has the key to get into the lethal injection chamber. That seems a little ironic in the moment. It has been a long day at San Quentin State Prison for reporters and corrections staff alike. The four-hour media tour of the death row facilities has gone on for six, and along the way, all day, there have been skeleton-type keys opening big metal-and-concrete doors, numerous ID checks, sign-ins and sign-outs at the three facilities that house the nation’s largest population of the condemned.

And now here we are, around 20 members of the media and a handful of San Quentin prison officials, including warden Ronald Davis, milling around outside the door to the never-used lethal injection chamber. Waiting.

Lt. Samuel Robinson is the chief public information officer at San Quentin and has been our lead guide for the tour.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Hillary Jackson, My LA News

Authorities Wednesday sought the public’s help in locating an inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles community re-entry facility.

Louie Iniguez, 24, who was due to be paroled next month, destroyed his GPS device and walked away from the Male Community Re-Entry Program about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Dana Simas of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.