Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Guards don’t like loitering on the penitentiary grounds, creating hiccups for planners of hiking path; 40-foot ‘Man in Black’
Jim Carlton, The Wall Street Journal

FOLSOM, Calif.—When city officials here started planning a new nature trail winding through prison grounds, they made sure it didn’t run too close to the 2,300 inmates who live behind the walls of Folsom State Prison, where Johnny Cash famously performed.

Still, some in town worried a 40-foot steel statue of Johnny Cash and other art planned for the trail might glorify the prison. A corrections official wondered if bike racks and benches could encourage loitering

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Tommy Shakur Ross, KALW

Ten years ago a race riot shook San Quentin State Prison: civilians were evacuated, and prisoners put on lockdown. When the dust settled, a group of prisoners decided to make a change. They formed the Day of Peace Committee. Through open dialogue and the Annual Day of Peace Celebration, it offers peace as an alternative to violence.

OPINION

Los Angeles Daily News

A California board on Thursday recommended parole for Leslie Van Houten, one of the infamous “Manson family” members convicted of killing a wealthy grocer and his wife. The recommendation, after legal review, will be forwarded to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will decide whether or not to release Van Houten.

Our Question of the Week for readers: Should Leslie Van Houten be paroled?

A 66-year-old woman who has been a model prisoner for 46 years wouldn’t pose much of a threat to society at this point. But are some crimes too heinous for redemption?