Friday, April 8, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

BBC

San Quentin Correction Facility is one of North America's most notorious prisons. It's held convicts like Charles Manson, and today it houses the largest death row population in the USA. It is here that those sentenced to death in California are executed.

It's everything you might think of jail opened in 1852. It's cells are dark, claustrophobic and threatening. However outside in the Californian sun is one of the more progressive rehabilitation projects run for its general population. The tennis program.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Tony Lopez, CBS 13 News

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A convicted murderer who is the son of a former California Assembly speaker is about to be set free from prison.

The family of Luis Santos says the man convicted of killing the college student will be walking free soon, thanks to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He commuted Esteban Nunez’s sentence.

It was October of 2008 when Nunez, son of former Assembly speaker Fabian Nunez, ran into Santos. He and another defendant were convicted of stabbing the 22-year-old to death and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Leigh Egan, The Inquisitr‎

The Menendez brothers shocked the nation after viewers watched the highly-publicized murder trial of their parents over 20 years ago. Now, the crime is resurfacing again via NBC’s new anthology series, Law & Order: True Crime.

People reports that the first installment of the new eight-episode NBC anthology series, Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers Murders, will center around the murders of Jose Menendez and wife Mary “Kitty” Menendez, who were killed in 1989 by their sons, Erik and Lyle Menendez.

The president of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, said that she’s been conversing with Dick Wolf, the show’s executive producer, on how to create a series about a true crime that made national headlines, and how to re-create the scenes and surroundings to reflect the time period of the murders, including the brothers’ 1993 trial.

Rory Appleton, The Fresno Bee

Loren LeBeau, the former Central High School boys basketball coach serving a 12-year sentence for a drunken-driving crash that killed a 7-year-old boy, could get a new trial.

In a decision made public Thursday, the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno allowed LeBeau’s defense attorney to file a motion to set aside his plea. He entered a no-contest plea to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run causing death and injuries, and drunken driving. LeBeau is at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.

R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly

If he weren't wearing an orange jump suit and sitting inside a fortified visitors' booth under heavy guard at Orange County's Theo Lacy Jail, you would never guess Kenneth Clair has resided on San Quentin State Prison's death row for more than 10,000 days. Clair describes the place as "hell," "torture" and "like living in a mental ward" where "there are fights every day." Yet, remarkably, the traumatic setting, his home since Ronald Reagan's presidency, has not broken this 56-year-old Louisiana native's spirit.

On a recent Saturday in his first face-to-face interview with a journalist, Clair showed no hint of being a monster worthy of state execution. He didn't threaten, babble or rant. There were no demonic curses, as I'd previously experienced with another death-row occupant.

The Pine Tree News          

Vallecito, CA...The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has announced the apprehension of an inmate who walked away from a conservation camp five years ago. Inmate Secundino Cornejo, 44, was taken into custody without incident by the U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday, April 3, 2016, based on a warrant for his arrest from CDCR. Secundino had been a fugitive since December 10, 2010, when he was discovered missing from the minimum-security Vallecito Conservation Camp in Calaveras County. He will be returned to the Sierra Conservation Center, a secure CDCR prison in Jamestown.

Cornejo was committed to CDCR to serve a four-year sentence for transport/import of methamphetamine. He was scheduled to parole on Sept. 13, 2013. His case will be referred to the Calaveras County District Attorney for possible prosecution on escape charges.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Dan Reidel, Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte Valley >> Butte College is talking about diversity.

With talks on prison reform, discrimination against Muslims, the LGBT community, the music and culture of the Pit River Tribe and more, the school’s Diversity Days began Monday and continues through Thursday at various locations on the college’s main campus.

At one of the talks Wednesday, more than 100 people listened to Oroville resident Thomas Craig speak in the library about his time in prison and how he thinks California’s penal system needs reform.

Pablo Lopez, The Fresno Bee

A career criminal whose role in the killing of a young woman outside a trendy Fresno restaurant in 1992 inspired California’s Three Strikes Law will stand trial on felony charges of domestic violence – a crime that could send him to prison for life, a judge ruled Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court.

Douglas Walker, 51, of Fresno, will face charges of corporal injury to a cohabitant, making criminal threats, and attempting to dissuade the victim from testifying, Judge Jane Cardoza said.

The incarceration rate in the U.S. peaked in 2007 and has been tapering off ever since.
Deirdre Fretz, Bloomberg

Nationwide, incarceration rates of sentenced prisoners peaked in 2007 and have been tapering off in the years since, Bureau of Justice Statistics data show. Between 2009 and 2014, state prison populations fell 8 percent and federal prison rates declined 2 percent. Some states in particular have seen significant declines. For example, the population of state and federal prisons within California fell from 342 per 100,000 state residents in 2007 to 257 in 2014. The incarceration rate in New Jersey fell from 311 to 241 over the same period.

More flexible sentencing, more post-release support to avoid recidivism, and alternatives to incarceration are among the drivers of the decline, according to a study by the Urban Institute. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Pew Charitable Trusts, have helped participating states investigate why so many people are sentenced to prison and brainstorm how incarceration rates can be reduced.

OPINION

Thomas D. Elias, Glenn County Transcript

There will likely be fights this fall over taxes, marijuana, education, water and possibly campaign donations. But if Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reduce prison populations even farther by easing parole standards reaches the ballot, the biggest battle might be over crime.

A major dispute already rages around the state over whether the combination of Brown's prison realignment program and the 2014 Proposition 47 easing of crime standards has produced a large increase in criminal conduct.