Thursday, July 7, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Highland Community News

The County of San Bernardino’s innovative and groundbreaking programs earned 45 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), continuing a tradition of recognition from the organization.
Every year, NACo recognizes programs across the country that modernize county government and increase services to county residents. This year, NACo awarded 618 entries from 112 counties in 34 states.


DEATH PENALTY

Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) (Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez on Wednesday announced her support for a statewide ballot measure to repeal the death penalty in California.
Sanchez, an Orange County Democrat first elected to Congress in 1996, said that the “death penalty in California remains an ineffective deterrent and does not meet the constitutional standards of due process.”

Melinda Burns

After a long career as an FBI boss, having put the Mafia behind bars, investigated dozens of homicides and sent two murderers to their deaths by lethal injection, Tom Parker became a spokesman for death penalty repeal.

Parker, a 72-year-old Santa Barbaran, is seeking the support of law enforcement officials for the Justice That Works Act, a death penalty repeal measure that qualified last month for the November ballot in California.

“There were times during my career when I would gladly have pushed the button on a murderer,” he said. “Today, my position would be, life without parole.”


CORRECTIONS RELATED

Christian Henrichson, The Marshall Project

As the national spotlight burns bright on criminal justice reform, policymakers and the public are closely watching the data for signs that we’ve turned the page on mass incarceration. 

Indeed, a recent report from the Brennan Center for Justice noted that 28 states have decreased imprisonment over the last ten years. However, this analysis of state incarceration trends, like every similar one before it, is subject to an important limitation: It excludes individuals in local jails.

One-third of the 2.2 million incarcerated Americans are in jails and, if jail and state trends diverge, the prison numbers alone can give a false picture of a state’s trajectory and make it hard to compare one state with another. As we recently learned, they do diverge—in 16 states.