Monday, July 18, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Lewis Griswold, The Fresno Bee

Corcoran- A building boom behind the walls of Corcoran state prison is putting the state on the right side of a federal receiver and boosting the local economy.

At the prison, which holds about 3,570 inmates, work has begun on new health clinics to comply with a 2002 settlement in federal court requiring a higher level of medical care for inmates at all state prisons.

As a result, construction projects are occurring at 31 of the 34 state prisons.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Adam Randall, Daily Journal

Convicted Mendocino County murderer Michael Charles Camou was denied parole for another three years earlier this month, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation records.

Camou entered a stipulation for his parole hearing scheduled on July 6. California Code of Regulations allows prisoners to declare themselves unsuitable for parole.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Steve Gorman, REUTERS

A former Swiss university professor who pleaded guilty to instigating the 1995 meat-cleaver murder of a man who she claimed raped her while she was a college student in California was sentenced on Friday to six years in prison.

Norma Esparza, 41, whose 2012 arrest in the long-unsolved case made international headlines, was sentenced along with two co-defendants for their roles in the slaying of 24-year-old Gonzalo Ramirez more than 20 years ago in Irvine, California.

The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A man called the "prison Houdini" has a path to freedom after Florida's parole commission voted to release him this month, 36 years after he was arrested for stealing the tools his father bequeathed to him.

Mark DeFriest didn't wait for his father's will to be executed before taking the tools and was convicted of burglary. Decades were added to the sentence after several

DEATH PENALTY

CAN

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 16, 2016 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, the bishops of California announced their support of a state ballot measure that would end the use of capital punishment in the state, replacing it with life in prison without possibility of parole.

“Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience,” the bishops said in their July 14 statement in support of Proposition 62.

OPINION

Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee

Attorney General Kamala Harris recently released her annual report on crime, revealing that in 2015, violent crimes jumped 10 percent from the previous year.

Among the four violent crimes listed, the 36.1 percent increase in rape was the most startling. It revealed that 12,793 persons – virtually all women – were rape victims last year.

Within that sickening statistic lies a bothersome political tale.