Thursday, July 28, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

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Cal Fire says the impact from prison realignment isn't as bad as some anticipated, thanks to partnerships.

Jody Kent Lavy, The Intelligencer

The men — some just teenagers, others in their early 60s — have all been told they will die in prison.

All were teenagers at the time of their crimes. All were tried as adults and convicted of murder. Some, more specifically, were convicted of felony murder, meaning they weren't the primary perpetrators and may have not even known the crime would take place. Yet here they are, at San Quentin State Prison, where I visited them in mid-July.

These men are not just sitting around doing their time. They are determined to reflect on their crimes, acknowledge the harm they caused and better themselves. They are part of an innovative program called Kid CAT: "Kid" because they were kids at the time of their offenses, and "CAT" for "creating awareness together."

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

The owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America decided to evacuate the animals from their Santa Clarita kennel Sunday night, after the fire moved closer and closer to the property. They were invited to bring them all to the prison
Sam Bergum, NBC

Nearly 50 deaf dogs threatened by the Sand Fire have found a temporary home: behind bars. The rescue dogs are waiting out the fire in the Lancaster prison.

The owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America decided to evacuate the animals from their Santa Clarita kennel Sunday night, after the fire started moving closer and closer to the property. Though they were not under mandatory evacuation, Mark and Lisa Tipton decided they were better safe than sorry.

"We knew if we had an issue in the middle of the night, [we] would be here alone with 45 dogs to load up," she posted on the rescue's Facebook page. "Not a can-do."

DEATH PENALTY

Lindsey J. Smith, San Jose Inside

Moments before Richard Allen Davis was sentenced to death in a San Jose courtroom for the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas, the young girl’s father addressed the court.

“He broke the contract; for that he must die,” Marc Klaas said on Aug. 5, 1996. “Mr. Davis, when you get to where you’re going, say hello to Hitler, say hello to Dahmer and say hello to Bundy. Good riddance, and the sooner you get there the better we all are.”

Davis entered the Klaas family’s life on Oct. 1, 1993, when he broke into Polly Klaas’ mother’s home in Petaluma and kidnapped the 12-year-old. The ensuing two-month search engrossed the nation, and ended when Davis led investigators to the young girl’s body. But for Marc Klaas, the torture was far from over, as the case evolved into an emotional three-year trial. At sentencing, Davis, who was also convicted of attempting lewd acts on Polly, delivered a final blow, alleging the young girl had begged him, “Just don’t do me like Dad.”

Ana Ceballos, Monterey County Weekly

Come November, California voters will have a say on whether to abolish the death penalty or speed up the process of the 37-year-old state law.

Proposition 62 would replace capital punishment with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Backers of the ballot measure argue that keeping the death penalty is too costly for taxpayers. This initiative is spearheaded by former M*A*S*H* actor Mike Farrell.

Supporters of the competing measure, Prop. 66, propose expediting executions both by limiting appeals and hastening the appeals process, which proponents say would save taxpayers millions of dollars a year. Both proposals would require the 743 inmates currently slated for death to pay restitution to victims as they complete their sentences. Since the death penalty was enacted in California 1978, 13 inmates have been executed.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Ty Steele, Fox 40 News

EL DORADO COUNTY -- It has been more than 30 years, and there are still no arrests in the senseless killing of retired Folsom prison guard Halley Wing.

Now, the El Dorado County Office of the District Attorney is releasing never-before-seen evidence in hopes of solving the case.

“We’re going to find the person, if at all possible, and hold them accountable for their actions,” said El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson as he stood in front of the public memorial for Halley Wing at the community center in Rescue, California.

Overall less is spent on prisons, but they've seen a larger increase
Daniel Wheaton, The San Diego Union-Tribune

The amount of money spent on prison and jails is outpacing that for education, a new government report found.

The U.S. Department of Education Policy and Program Studies Service analyzed spending on correctional facilities and education, and found that expenditures for education increased from $258 billion to $534 billion nationally, while expenditures for correctional facilities increased from $17 billion to $71 billion from the 1979-80 to 2012-13.

That means during those years, spending for schools increased by 107 percent, while spending for prisons increased by 324 percent during the same time period.