Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CDCR NEWS

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

Attorneys for a recently paroled transgender inmate said Tuesday that California has agreed to drop its challenge to a court order that could have provided her with state-paid sex reassignment surgery.

The settlement won't help Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who was released from prison in August.

But her attorneys said the settlement means that an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of San Francisco will stay on the books as a legal precedent that could help other transgender inmates nationwide.

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

A transgender inmate whose case led to a ruling requiring California prisons to allow sex-reassignment surgery when doctors recommend it settled her claims Tuesday against the state, which agreed to drop its appeal and pay her legal costs.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 52, was released on parole in August after serving 30 years in prison for second-degree murder in Orange County, and now lives at a halfway house in San Francisco. She became aware of her female identity in the mid-1990s and started taking hormone therapy, with prison doctors’ approval, in 2000.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Jesse Katz, GQ

One day a year, the men locked up in California's oldest prison get a shot at glory. Thieves, killers, and dope dealers lace up their shoes and race around the yard for the longest and hardest run of their lives. It's The San Quentin Marathon, and it feels something like freedom

The race begins on the west side of San Quentin’s lower yard, just before the sun creeps over the walls. Two dozen men surge forward. With few exceptions all are murderers, most at least a decade into their sentences, including the early leader, a lifer named Markelle Taylor, who has run this course before but never for as long or as fast as he hopes to today.

CBS

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — The California Supreme Court in San Francisco on Monday upheld the death penalty of a San Quentin State Prison inmate for the murder of a prison guard in 1985.

Jarvis Masters, 54, was one of three members of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang at San Quentin who, according to prosecutors, conspired in the stabbing murder of Sgt. Dean Burchfield on June 8, 1985.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: What ever happened to the people who killed D’andre Blackwell in 2010 at the hotel party? How much time did everyone receive?

Bryan, Sacramento

A: Nine people were arrested in the shooting death of D’andre Blackwell, a popular former Valley High School basketball player, on June 5, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Express at West Stockton and Laguna boulevards in Elk Grove.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Matt Hamilton, The Los Angeles Times

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon three miles from Wasco, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"It was short, brief, but strong -- kind of a violent hit," said Capt. Andrew Kennison of the Kern County Fire Department, which also serves the city of Wasco.

The San Joaquin Valley city is located about 25 miles northwest of Bakersfield and includes the Wasco State Prison, which houses about 4,900 inmates.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Don Thompson, The Fresno Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A judge is set to consider Wednesday whether to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce California's prison population.

State prosecutors want Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang to prevent Attorney General Kamala Harris from issuing the title and summary for a proposal that they say bypassed the normal filing process.

OPINION

Suzanne Ashman, The Huffington Post

Last week David Cameron unveiled plans for the "biggest shake-up of prisons since the Victorian era". His proposals included prison league tables, more day release tagging, and new model "reform prisons".

The proposals also include giving prison governors greater autonomy, similar to those afforded to Headteachers in academies and free schools.

"It's exactly what we did in education - with academies, free schools and new freedoms for heads and teachers," said the prime minister.