Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- California prison officials are ending visitor strip searches in response to a recent change in state law, but visitors will face increased scrutiny for a year if traces of drugs are detected by dogs or airport-style scanners.

It's the first time visitors will be scrutinized by dogs that previously have been used to search inmates, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Dana Simas said Monday.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Christina Gray, Catholic

Pilgrims receive plenary indulgence during Year of Mercy

With the opening of the Holy Door at St. Raphael Mission Church and at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University chapel on Jan. 10, all four doors of mercy are open in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for the Year of Mercy. Pilgrims to the Holy Doors may receive a plenary indulgence during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

In the month since Pope Francis swung open the “holy door” at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome signaling the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and its invitation to pilgrims everywhere to enter into a “living experience of the closeness of the Father,” local bishops around the world have followed the pope’s lead. During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis delegated to each bishop or archbishop of a diocese or archdiocese the power to designate local Holy Doors of Mercy as pilgrimage sites.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly

Think you have it bad?

Consider Kenneth Clair's living hell.

When Clair was an infant, his single mother ignored him for days at a time. An uncle often savagely beat him with metal objects, including one time that drove the then-teenager to get drunk and commit a New Orleans' public park robbery of someone's pocket change. That crime landed the 17-year-old in Louisiana's notorious Angola State Prison, where older inmates freely ran a sex slave operation that resulted in him being repeatedly raped during his five-year stint. When he emerged from custody, his spirit had been broken, friends noticed.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: In 1987, I had a carpenter helping me build new house. After he was finished with the job he started working for my neighbor on his house. Shortly after that, I learned he was arrested on suspicion of murder. Seems he was burying folks in the backyards of job sites he was working on. His name, I believe, was Solomon. Any idea what happened in this case?

CORRECTIONS RELATED

David Grieder, The Triplicate

NOTE:The employee no longer works for Pelican Bay, the paper has been repeatedly contacted about the error, and a correction has been requested.

Prosecutors are hoping to exclude video footage of an officer allegedly stealing cash from the defendant during a drug raid, concerned that it will compromise the outcome of their case.

Crescent City resident James Banuelos is scheduled for a Jan. 25 jury trial on charges including methamphetamine possession and operating a drug house.

Earlier this week, Deputy District Attorney Annamarie Padilla filed a motion to exclude evidence pertaining to alleged officer misconduct during a March 5 raid in which more than a pound of meth was allegedly seized from a safe hidden in Banuelos’ floor.

Spencer Cole, The Recorder

Domestic Violence Court focuses on high-risk offenders

Tulare County’s Domestic Violence court has only been in place for about six months, but the results from the program are encouraging, according to county officials.

“We are extraordinarily pleased with the program to date,” said Christie Myer, Tulare County’s chief probation officer. “It has been remarkably successful in what has been a historically difficult population of offenders.”

Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee

Local law enforcement agencies have made fewer arrests, and there has been a sharp decrease in felony prosecutions since Proposition 47 became law more than a year ago.

Approved in November 2014, the statewide initiative reclassified many nonserious and nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. In addition, offenders with previous convictions for property and drug crimes can ask the court to reduce their sentences or clear their records.

OPINION

Tyler Dawson, Ottawa Citizen

On Thursday night in Florida, Oscar Bolin Jr. was executed for the murder of three women — the first person to be executed in 2016 in the United States. Last year, 27 men and one woman were deliberately sent to their deaths by the state in America. They all died — not always cleanly — by lethal injection.

It’s the lowest number of people executed since 1991, and the statistics point towards an accelerating drop in capital punishment, according to the year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center.

LA Daily News

With 30,000 fewer inmates in our state’s prison system as the result of reforms implemented over the past three years, wouldn’t Californians understandably believe that correctional costs would consequently go down?

The plain fact is that the reverse has been the case, a new study by Reuters shows. Not only have costs per prisoner gone up startlingly; the overall costs of maintaining California’s prison system have skyrocketed even though tens of thousands fewer people are behind bars.