Thursday, July 14, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —California parole officials on Wednesday rejected the release of a killer whose crime led to the creation of one of the state's best-known crime victims' groups.

Harriet Salarno founded Crime Victims United of California after her 18-year-old daughter was fatally shot by her former boyfriend on her first day at the University of the Pacific in Stockton in 1979.

John Myers, The Los Angeles Times

Kevin Faulconer, who tamped down talk of a 2018 bid for governor during his successful reelection as mayor of San Diego, will lead the charge against the effort to revamp prison parole laws by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Faulconer appeared with prosecutors and victim rights advocates at a San Diego news conference on Wednesday morning to launch the campaign against Proposition 57.

CALIFORNIA REALIGNMENT

Wes Bowers, Record

STOCKTON — The number of offenders convicted after being released from jail last year is slightly down from previous years, and San Joaquin County officials and leaders say that’s a positive trend for state-mandated realignment in public safety.

San Joaquin County Chief Probation Officer Stephanie James presented an annual recidivism report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. It is the fourth report the Probation Department has presented to supervisors since the passage of Assembly Bill 109, California’s Public Safety Realignment Act.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

The questions surrounding Nathan Hall’s final exam for Feather River College have been settled to the satisfaction of some of California’s ranking jurists.

The dispute developed while Hall, a convicted murderer, was serving time at San Quentin State Prison. In recent years he took a correspondence course in English offered at the prison through the community college, which is in Plumas County.

Key Budge, Tehachapi News

Inmates at the California Correctional Institution were asked if they would like to symbolically walk the prison yard at the same time people on the outside walked laps around the track at Coy Burnett Stadium in Tehachapi to support Relay for Life.

A total of 644 inmates said “yes,” and raised $1,053.06 for the fight against cancer.

Warden Kim Holland expressed interest in offering the inmates a chance to participate in Relay for Life as a form of rehabilitation after hearing about it at a CCI Civilian Advisory Committee meeting. She said she wants the inmates to participate in programs that give them a chance to give back to the community.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Jessica Hice, The Sacramento Bee

During work hours, Bryan Jenks earns his living as a technician in the health care department at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. Off the clock, the tall, tattooed 23-year-old runs through fields, jumps over metal railings and scales brick walls around the Sacramento region, all for fun and exercise.

Just don’t call him Spiderman. He’s a local champion of parkour, a training and movement discipline that aficionados use to move in the most efficient way possible through a variety of landscapes, without the help of equipment such as ropes and ladders.

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering the son of a liquor store owner during a robbery.

The court in a unanimous decision said Monday that a San Joaquin County judge wrongly dismissed a prospective juror in Louis Zaragoza’s trial. Though the juror opposed the death penalty, the court said she showed she could set aside her views on capital punishment when determining a sentence.

OPINION

Patrick McGreevy, The Los Angeles Times

Thousands of felons serving time in county jails would be allowed to vote in California elections from behind bars under a bill moving swiftly through the state Legislature despite widespread opposition from law enforcement officials.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) introduced the measure with an aim that providing convicts the right to vote will give them a better sense of belonging to society and possibly reduce their chances of committing new crimes when released.

“Civic participation can be a critical component of re-entry and has been linked to reduced recidivism,” Weber told her colleagues during a recent heated floor debate on the bill.