Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: Where are the El Dorado teens, Tylar Witt and Steven Colver, charged with killing Witt’s mother, doing their time?

Allyse, Carmichael

A: Tylar Marie Witt and her boyfriend, Steven Paul Colver, were sentenced to prison for the 2009 stabbing death of Witt’s mother, 47-year-old Joanne M. Witt, at Witt’s El Dorado Hills home.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Maggie Kreins, The Sacramento Bee

Is Proposition 47 working the way it was sold to voters?

Los Angeles and Sacramento are just the latest California cities to report increases in crime. While the rest of the nation is enjoying a steady decline in the overall crime rate, we see mounting evidence to suggest something different – and not good – is going on in the Golden State.

Let’s go back to November 2014, when California voters approved Proposition 47. It was a two-part promise. The first part was a pledge to reduce the populations in overcrowded state prisons by sending nonviolent offenders back to counties. The second part was to provide badly needed drug treatment and other support services.

Wes Bowers, Stockton Record

STOCKTON — The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved San Joaquin General hospital's mid-year financial report and were looking forward to seeing its success continue in the future.

“Overall our performance is greater than anticipated for six months,” SJGH chief executive director David Culberson said. “And we anticipate to continue in a similar fashion throughout the remainder of the year.”

Chelcey Adami, The Salinas Californian

The Greenfield Police Department and other law enforcement agencies arrested three armed robbery suspects while serving multiple search warrants on Tuesday.

Those arrested are suspected of being involved in recent armed robberies of businesses in Greenfield and Salinas, according to the Greenfield Police Department.

Search warrants were served at two separate Greenfield locations as well as probation search at a third location. The Greenfield Police Department was assisted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office Special Operations Group, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CDCR Correctional Training Facility, California Probation, the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force and the King City and Del Rey Oaks police departments.

OPINION

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The California Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily stay a lower court’s ruling and allow Gov. Jerry Brown to proceed with signature-gathering for a ballot measure making some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole may seem defensible if you share Brown’s view — as we do — about the urgent need to relieve prison overcrowding this year via a vote of the public. But given the history of abuses of direct democracy in California, the court’s decision is troubling and his victory is a loss for the state.