Friday, January 29, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Maura Dolan and Marisa Gerber, The Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to give more inmates a chance for early release would probably reduce prosecutors' leverage in negotiating plea bargains, legal experts said Thursday.

But it remains far from clear that his proposed ballot measure would result in droves of inmates winning their freedom, they said.

Santa Clara law professor W. David Ball called the proposed revisions "very striking," though he cautioned that its effect is still not fully clear. The proposed state constitutional amendment would affect only inmates whose base crime was nonviolent.

Marc Brown, abc

SACRAMENTO (KABC) - A Southern California family is once again asking for your help keeping a double murderer behind bars.

Jose Gonzalez, now 60, brutally beat James and Essie Effron to death with a lead pipe inside their San Diego clothing store in 1977.

He was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder the following year. But a quirk in California law and a change in parole board policy led to Gonzales being eligible for parole.

Anthony Victoria, IECN

For Marilyn Necochea, 53, of San Bernardino, the internal wounds of her sister’s murder are still fresh. The thought of her killer’s possible parole has filled her with indignation. With the help of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC), Necochea is asking that Jonathan Guerrera-Flores, currently behind bars at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, not be granted an early release for the first degree murder of her younger sister, Michele Renee Flores–who was married to Jonathan.

“If I don’t do something now, that man will walk out of prison,” said Necochea. “I don’t think he deserves to. He took my little sister’s life just because she didn’t want to be with him anymore. She did not deserve to die the way she did.”


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown is betting that the pendulum has swung from the days when Californians fed up with high crime rates approved the nation's harshest three strikes law and other get-tough measures.

The Democratic governor announced this week that he will ask voters to reverse a 2000 ballot measure that let prosecutors send juveniles as young as 14 directly to adult court. In addition, the proposed measure would further soften the 1994 three strikes law and weaken victims' rights laws approved by voters as recently as 2008.

Ryan Chalk, The Reporter

A former California Medical Facility guard injured during a 2013 baton training exercise has been the focus of continued court hearings into what prosecutors believed were false statements she made to doctors in order to receive worker’s compensation benefits.

Monica Hartman-Labrado, 37, attended a routine training exercise at the state prison hospital in Vacaville on March 7, 2013, when she allegedly injured her rotator cuff. The training exercise, which was video recorded, placed two correctional officers in a scenario in which they must quickly exercise use-of-force upon a combative person.

Mariana Hicks, KION

SALINAS, Calif.- -Getting a job is just one of the many challenges inmates face when they’re released from jail. The Monterey County Jail, along with other agencies, is trying to tackle that problem by offering career advice to inmates who are about to be released.

Jail officials said studies show inmates with solid support systems and jobs have a better chance of not returning to jail. But getting those jobs isn’t always easy. That’s why the Sheriff’s Office is trying to fill the void and link the inmates with potential employers.