Thursday, January 21, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


FOX 40 News

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prison officials say federal mandates are mostly to blame for a $3 billion drop in the budget savings they promised four years ago.

They released a new long-term plan Wednesday. It explains why the savings disappeared and the corrections department’s budget increased in Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest spending proposal.


Krista Almanzan, kazu
Jerry Lytle’s story is a familiar one among veterans behind bars.  He never collected the benefits he earned from service in the Army, and once in prison, he didn’t realize he still could.

“In 2004, I met up with another veteran who was getting benefits, and he said, ‘you know, you should get your benefits.  You’re entitled to them’,” recalls Lytle.  He’s serving 32 to life for murder.  Even so, he’s entitled to disability benefits because he suffers from PTSD and his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam.

The VA pays less to veterans in prison.  At most Lytle can get $133.17 a month.  If he wasn’t incarcerated, his monthly payment would be $1059.09.  Still when he filed for disability, he says he got the run around.

Sunita Sohrabji, India West

Irvine, Calif., resident Shalabh Rastogi was sentenced to 25 years in prison Jan. 8 for strangling his wife Jalina George to death in 2012, because he believed she was having an extra-marital affair.

An Orange County, Calif., jury Nov. 17, 2015, found Rastogi guilty of first degree murder. The Southern California Indian American businessman faced 25 years to life in prison.

Local media reported that the couple’s three children and Rastogi’s relatives wrote many letters to Orange County Superior Court Judge Michael Cassidy asking him to be lenient with the sentence.


Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News

As California moves forward Friday with a crucial public hearing to air its new lethal injection procedures, death penalty foes are taking aim at the details in a plan that could lead to the resumption of executions after a 10-year hiatus.

Calling the reforms "human experimentation," the American Civil Liberties Union and other death penalty critics say California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has proposed revised lethal injection methods that will lead to the type of botched executions that have plagued other states.