Friday, May 6, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Chelcey Adami, The Salinas Californian

SOLEDAD – This week, Salinas Valley State Prison recognizes the evolution that the level-4 facility has gone through as it looks back on the 20 years that it has been in operation since it first activated on May 1, 1996.

The facility held a small commemoration ceremony on Wednesday with present and former staff in attendance to recognize them for their work there.

“This institution, if anything, has been marked with change,” SVSP Warden William Muniz told the crowd on Wednesday. “We have had many, many changes, and there have been many, many successes over the last 20 years.”


Melody Gutierrez, The San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — The state Supreme Court seemed to signal plans Thursday to give the green light to a ballot initiative supported by Gov. Jerry Brown that would limit when juveniles can be prosecuted as adults and shorten sentences for some adult prisoners.

The state’s high court is reviewing whether a last-minute amendment to the initiative changed the original measure to the point that proponents should be required to refile it. If forced to refile, as the California District Attorneys Association is hoping, the initiative would likely not have enough time to gather signatures to make the November ballot.
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Maura Dolan and John Myers, The Los Angeles Times

The California Supreme Court appeared inclined Thursday to clear the way for a November ballot measure allowing the early release of some prison inmates.

The case carries high stakes for the state's criminal justice system and Gov. Jerry Brown’s political legacy. It will test Brown’s effort to grant parole to perhaps thousands of inmates serving time for nonviolent felonies.

But the crux of the legal fight is whether officials properly followed state election law. That law requires amendments to a ballot measure be “reasonably germane” to the purpose of the original measure.

David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

An effort to block Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early release came under heavy skepticism from the California Supreme Court on Thursday, with several justices suggesting Brown acted within his discretion in the controversial way he filed the measure.

The court hearing came after a lower court ruled in February that Brown improperly filed his initiative as an amendment to a narrower measure concerning juvenile justice. The Democratic governor is scrambling to gather signatures to put on the November ballot an initiative to make certain felons eligible for early parole and to give the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation authority to award credits for good behavior.

Redheaded Blackbelt

On May 5, 2016 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force with assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Siskyou County Unified Major Investigations Team, Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol Warrant Service Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration served seven Humboldt County Superior Court search warrants.

The search warrants were related to an ongoing investigation into a narcotics trafficking and distribution operation being conducted in the Scotia, Rio Dell and Fortuna areas. As a result of the warrants approximately three pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of heroin were seized. Along with this was evidence of sales including scales, packaging material and prepackaged narcotics. Additionally, Agents seized over $155,000 in U.S. currency as proceeds of narcotics sales and a .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol.