Thursday, July 21, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Megan Burks, KPBS News

Southwestern College in Chula Vista will begin offering the federal Pell Grants in the fall to Donovan prisoners as part of a pilot program started by the Obama administration.

About two dozen inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa will receive federal Pell Grants and classes in business administration in the fall.

Pell Grants have been off limits to prisoners since 1994, when Congress enacted a ban on financial aid for inmates as part of several tough-on-crime policies. Last year, President Barack Obama superseded the ban with a temporary pilot program to offer the grants to about 12,000 inmates. Under the Higher Education Act, the secretary of education can waive such restrictions to conduct pilots.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: Has Christopher Schulz been sentenced for a 2014 shooting on Fruitridge Road?

Rick, Sacramento

A: Christopher Schulz, 25, was convicted in May of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Rex Dalton, Voice of OC

Weekly through the winter in Santa Ana, a group of about 20 young men and women would meet in a circle to share their experiences about leadership.

The lessons they learned, however, weren’t from traditional sources but from the mean streets of Orange County or the corridors of California prisons.

The group was a mix -- some who had spent a short time incarcerated, but turned their lives around, and others who spent decades behind bars.

In June, they graduated from the community leadership program created by Project Kinship, a small Santa Ana-based non-profit organization that helps the formerly incarcerated successfully reenter the community.

DEATH PENALTY

The Los Angeles Times

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday threw his support behind a ballot measure that would repeal the death penalty in California, saying the criminal justice policy did not deter crime and was fundamentally immoral.

In a statement, he said Proposition 62 would abolish a system "that is administered with troubling racial disparities." Newsom, who publicly supported a 2012 failed measure seeking to end capital punishment, said the initiative would also save the state millions of dollars. He cited statistics showing that California has spent $5 billion to execute 13 people since 1978.

R.W. Dellinger, Angelus

“In 1978, my dad and I worked very hard to pass the Briggs initiative, which is today’s death penalty law here in California,” his son Ron Briggs, then a supervisor in El Dorado County, declared at an outdoor press conference at Grand Park near Downtown L.A. on July 14.

“We thought back then that we would deliver swift justice, that we would take care of the victims’ families and survivors and provide them closure. We thought we would save California money. We believed then a broad death penalty would act as a deterrent to crime,” Briggs explained.

“We couldn’t have been more wrong,” he said. “What we did is we created an ‘industry of death’ in California, costing tax payers $187 million a year. We have spent over $5 billion in California since 1978 doing 13 executions. That’s a staggering $384 million per execution.”

OPINION

The Sacramento Bee

In 1978, California enacted today’s California death penalty statute, the so-called Briggs Initiative. Now, Ron Briggs supports repealing the statute his “family wrote,” but his argument reads more like a surrender to death penalty abolitionists (“Death penalty is destructive to California”; Forum, July 10).

Instead of waving a white flag, Briggs should endorse Proposition 66, the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016, as a worthy successor to his family’s work. This initiative deals with the concerns Briggs raises about California’s death penalty system.