Friday, May 20, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

abc News

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Southern California man has been added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list for his suspected involvement in the death of his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child.

FBI Director James B. Comey announced the addition Thursday of Philip Patrick Policarpio being one of two people added to the list. The 39-year-old is wanted in Los Angeles on suspicion of shooting his girlfriend in the head, instantly killing her and her unborn child.

Authorities said on April 12, Policarpio and his girlfriend, Lauren Olguin, were visiting a friend's home in the Rampart area when he suddenly became angry with her. Police said he began punching her in the face then pulled out a handgun and shot her in the forehead.

DEATH PENALTY

Sean Longoria, Redding Record Searchlight

Sheriffs in two North State counties on Thursday threw their support behind a measure coming before California voters in November to provide sweeping changes to the state's death penalty laws.

"The death penalty system and the court system (are) broken down and this reform act will help restore the efficiencies to the process and help bring justice and hold those criminals accountable that have done heinous crimes throughout California," Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said.

The measure — the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act — is one of two that could appear on the November ballot. Another, currently under signature review at the California Secretary of State, would abolish capital punishment in California altogether.

Karma Dickerson, FOX 40 News

SACRAMENTO -- One side of California’s death penalty debate kicked their campaign into high gear Thursday.

The campaign to reform California’s death penalty by expediting the process from conviction to execution turned approximately 600,000 signatures into election offices for validation statewide.

“Submitting over 600,000 signatures of people who agree that not only is the death penalty something we need but something we need to fix,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Steve Westly, OC Register

Crime rates more than doubled in California’s major cities in the first half of 2015, and violent crime rose by double digits. Recently released FBI data confirm what law enforcement leaders have been saying for months: After decades of decline, crime is on the rise in California.

Of particular concern, even as crime was surging in California, it was going down or stable in most major U.S. cities. In fact, of the 10 major American cities that saw the biggest increases in property crime rates, six are in California.

What can explain this California crime surge? While it is difficult to know for sure, law enforcement experts throughout the state increasingly point to Proposition 47, the controversial ballot initiative passed in November 2014 that reduced many property and drug crimes from felonies – punishable by more than one year in prison – to misdemeanors.

Jason Ruiz, Long Beach Post

A report delivered by senior members of the Long Beach Police Department during Tuesday night’s city council meeting sought to provide answers as to why there’s been a swell in violent and property crime during the first quarter of this year. While the report didn’t name a definitive catalyst, it did advance a narrative that has been pushed by police departments across the state: legislative changes are behind the recent spike.

Deputy Chief Richard Rocchi rattled off alarming statistics during his report to council. Violent crime is up 13 percent, shootings are up 42 percent and the murder rate has increased by 83 percent from what it was a year ago. He noted an increase in gang activity, something that has accounted for about one third of shooting statistics in Long Beach this year. The city, which had seen crime hit a 40-year low in 2014, has joined a sobering national trend of increasing crime in almost every major municipality.

CBS News

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Las Vegas is blaming two California laws for a spike in murders and other crimes.

The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department claimed a number of crimes that happened in Sin City have been traced back to Californian.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo blamed AB 109, which allows for early release of certain inmates, and Proposition 47, which reduces nonviolent crimes to misdemeanors.