Monday, June 6, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


David Siders, The Sacramento Bee

The California Supreme Court, siding with Gov. Jerry Brown in a major prison case, on Monday overturned a lower court ruling blocking his initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole.

In a 6-1 ruling, the court found Brown acted within his discretion when he filed the November ballot initiative as an amendment to a narrower measure concerning juvenile justice.

“There is no question that the changes the proponents made to this initiative measure were, in certain respects, quite extensive,” said Justice Carol A. Corrigan, writing for the majority. “However, that is their right, so long as the changes are reasonably germane to the original theme, purpose, or subject.”


First graduating class is told 'There are many people rooting for you'
Almendra Carpizo, Record

STOCKTON — Rebecca Gallegos drove from San Jose to Stockton to watch her son, Julian Gallegos, graduate.

It was a moment the mom of three never thought she’d get to experience with her 23-year-old son.

Julian Gallegos was one of seven inmates at California Heath Care Facility who participated in the facility’s inaugural Jack Tone Adult School graduation ceremony. In total, 10 offenders earned GED diplomas through the adult school.


LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two inmates who walked away from state facilities in separate incidents are both back in custody, officials said Friday.

In one incident, Chad Ellebracht, 40, walked away from the Pilot Rock Conservation Camp #15 in Crestline, San Bernardino County on Tuesday. He was taken back into custody Friday around 2 a.m. in Visalia, state officials said.

Ellebracht was serving a three-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance and was due to be released on Aug. 8. His escape will now be considered by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office for potential prosecution.


Paige St. John, The Los Angeles Times

On an August afternoon in 1984, Linda Marie Baltazar Pasnick, a 27-year-old aspiring model, was running errands before a fashion competition when she pulled into the drive-through at a Der Wienerschnitzel.

As she waited in line, a panhandler pushed his face into her window and she shooed him away. Ronnie McPeters came back with a gun, leaned in to her open window and fired three times. Then as her car rolled forward and she cried for help, he shot twice more.


The Sacramento Bee

Proposition 47 is Exhibit A for why the initiative process should almost never be used to monkey with the complex criminal justice system.

Consider the case of Matthew Christopher Jackson. He pleaded guilty in Orange Superior Court to a variety of offenses including stealing a gun, a felony at the time.

In 2014, after he had been sentenced to prison, voters approved Proposition 47, a far-reaching and insufficiently considered initiative that reduced penalties for drug possession and many property crimes to misdemeanors.