Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Leo Stallworth, abc 7 News

LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) --The California State Prison in Lancaster is teaming up with the non-profit Strindberg Laboratory to help prisoners express themselves through acting.

Prisoners put on a performance on Thursday titled, "Redemption in Our State of Blues."

The play was about the past lives of the inmates - the mistakes they made landing them in prison, the people they hurt along the way and how they find redemption in the end. They want the audience to get that message.

Anne Kallas, The Ventura Star

Teaching construction skills to the young people incarcerated at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo increases the odds that they won't end up in prison later, according to John Hare, who helps oversee the facility's pre-apprentice program.

Moreover, a workforce that is paid $1 an hour performs needed work around the old Wright Road facility at a fraction of the cost of professional plumbers, welders, electricians and builders.

Tom Kisken,The Ventura Star

A Thousand Oaks doctor convicted of sexual assaulting a patient lost his bid to keep his medical license.

Dr. Barry Lefkovitch's license to practice medicine in California was revoked on Thursday, according to documents from the Medical Board of California.

Lefkovitch, 61, was sentenced in 2013 to eight years in prison for charges including three counts of forcible sexual penetration of a patient and one count of sexual exploitation of multiple patients.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Opponents say Gov. Jerry Brown is unlikely to gather enough signatures to put his plan to reduce the state's prison population before voters in November.

The California District Attorneys Association said in a court filing Monday that Brown is falling far short of the roughly 1 million signatures he'll need by late April to make sure his plan qualifies for the ballot.

OPINION

Lompoc Record

It didn’t take long for skeptics to go after Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Bill 109’s strategy of realigning the state’s prison system.

The program was approved by the Legislature and governor in 2011, its purpose being to shift felons from state prisons to county jails.

On paper, the strategy looked to be a disaster for Santa Barbara County, whose jail is chronically overcrowded.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Ian Simpson, Reuters

Baltimore community organizer Perry Hopkins, 55, is looking forward to stepping into a voting booth for the first time in his life this election season.

Hopkins lost his never-exercised right to vote when he was convicted for drug and other offenses. He gained it back last month when Maryland joined a growing list of U.S. states making it easier for ex-convicts to vote.

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say Ronell Wilson is a calculating murderer. Since his imprisonment for killing two New York City police detectives, he has been able to dash off emails, memorize passages from books and seduce a female guard.

But Wilson's lawyers were able to convince a judge that he is a person of such a low intelligence that he can't function in society, and therefore can't legally be put to death.