Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Ben Bradford, Capital Public Radio   

Victims of crime have held rallies and events around the California state Capitol over the last week. They come at a time when California is shifting away from years of “tough-on-crime” laws, and Governor Jerry Brown pushes a ballot initiative to shift further.

"There’s more than 5,000 ways that the law can be violated," Brown said at an event hosted by the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice on Monday. "And then on top of that, we have about 400 enhancements, which are ways of extending the penalty."

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Nigel Poor, KALW

When we're children we believe in magic but as you get older skepticism takes over. But it's a different story for people who run into The Cardman at San Quentin State Prison.

Rodney Wiley: Like I'll be tampering with people's minds. I really do be tampering with their minds. Right now you are going to be taking two cards again, okay. And we are going to see how this is going to work.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

13 News

It wasn’t your typical school field trip.

Last December, a group of Drake University students went to a place that some might say is one of the most nefarious places in the U.S., San Quentin Prison in California.

They were there to learn about life behind bars, and on Tuesday night they'll be sharing those stories in a special event at the school.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

The Daily Journal

The second man convicted of killing a 19-year-old high school student at a San Carlos house party in 2001 was denied parole for at least another three years.

Adam Garcia, an alleged former Norteño gangmember, faced his first parole board Tuesday at the state prison in San Luis Obispo. Garcia’s hearing came almost a month after his coconspirator Sergio Octavio Pena was ordered to remain in prison another seven years.

The two remain imprisoned on a term of 16 years to life for killing Anthony Tolua, who was stabbed to death while trying to help his girlfriend get uninvited guests to leave her parents’ San Carlos home during an out-of-control party.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Peter Eavis, The New York Times

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are backpedaling from their support of a 1994 anti-crime law that some blame for the large number of people in prisons.

The raging debate is starting to reveal the difficult questions at the heart of the problem.

Some 87 percent of the country’s inmates are in state prisons, so any moves to cut the country’s prison population would rely on states and counties to lock up substantially fewer people. Some states are taking steps that could lead to this outcome, but not on a scale or at a pace that would end what has been called mass incarceration.

OPINION

Trevor Burrus, News Week

Country music legend Merle Haggard died last week. With his 38 No. 1 hits on the U.S. country charts, a hand in creating the signature “Bakersfield sound” and a significant influence on the 1970s’ “outlaw country” movement, Haggard’s influence on country music is immense.

But it almost didn’t happen. As a teenager and a young man, Haggard was in and out of juvenile detention centers and prisons, eventually finding himself at San Quentin, where he saw Johnny Cash perform in 1958.