Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Josh Peter and A.J. Perez, USA Today

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Lawrence Phillips' family has opted to donate the brain of the former Nebraska and NFL running back to researchers studying the traumatic brain injury, an attorney representing the family told USA TODAY Sports Friday.

Phillips was found unresponsive at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif. on Wednesday. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead in what the Kern County coroner on Friday ruled was a suicide.

Cristian Heredia, 21, walked away from facility Sunday morning, officials say
David Pierce, KCRA 3 News

NEVADA CITY, Calif. —A 21-year-old inmate was caught after walking away from the minimum-security Washington Ridge Conservation Camp in Nevada County on Sunday morning, officials said.

Cristian Heredia was reported missing after a security check around 4 a.m. He was last seen during the 2:30 a.m. check.

Officials said they captured Heredia in Santa Rosa about 7:30 p.m.

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — A transgender California inmate is dropping her lawsuit against prison officials while they decide if she will be provided with state-funded sex-reassignment surgery.

Mia Rosati's attorney, Alison Hardy, said Friday that her client can refile her lawsuit if prison officials decide against allowing the operation.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

David Hernandez, The Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown again has denied parole to a former gang member who was convicted of fatally shooting a San Diego police officer in 1978.

This is the second year in a row that Brown has reversed a state board’s decision to recommend Jesus Salvador Cecena, 54, for parole.

Cecena was 17 when he was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting Officer Archie Buggs, 30, four times during a traffic stop in the Skyline neighborhood.

DEATH PENALTY

Jeremiah Dobruck, The Los Angeles Times

Steve Herr assumes he won't live to see the execution of the man convicted of murdering and then decapitating his son in the attic of an Orange County theater.

"Realistically, I'm not going to be around when he's put to death," Herr, 67, said a few days after a jury recommended the death penalty for Daniel Wozniak. "I'll be dead."

Orange County Superior Court Judge John Conley is scheduled in March to render the official sentence for Wozniak, 31, for the slayings of Army veteran Sam Herr, 26, and his friend Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23, in May 2010.

Scott Shafer, KQED

Among my first impressions of death row when I recently toured San Quentin Prison: It’s loud. Dimly lit. There’s really no privacy. And so many of the inmates are elderly that it can at times resemble a high-security old folks home.

It’s been 10 years since California executed its last death row inmate. Since then, the death row population has grown to 745 (all but 21 are men, and the women are kept at the Central Women’s Facility in Chowchilla).

Since 1978, 117 death row inmates have died, the vast majority from natural causes and suicide.

Scott Shafer, Jefferson Public Radio

California last executed a death row inmate exactly 10 years ago this Sunday. Californians are split right down the middle over whether to speed up these executions or stop them completely, according to a new survey from the Field Poll.

But if there’s one thing supporters and opponents of the death penalty can agree on, it’s this: The system is broken.

Since California reinstated capital punishment in 1977, 117 death row inmates have died. But only 15 of them have been executed. The vast majority have died of natural causes or suicide.