Thursday, August 25, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Julia Mitric, Capital Public Radio News

After the Clayton Fire broke out on Aug. 13, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection scrambled to set up an operating base. The base is known as fire camp and it's like a village.

You'll find a school bus transformed into a medical station and a long row of portable toilets. Generators hum from every side. They provide power for sleeping trailers and an industrial ice maker.

Ana Ceballos, Monterey County Weekly

Some have been here for days, others for a couple of weeks, but they all have one thing in common: They are here to snuff out the Soberanes Fire, whether it be battling towering flames or working on the administrative side of things. After their 12 – to 16-hour shifts, they retreat to their temporary home, a mobile city erected July 24 at Toro County Park.

This city has a population of more than 2,000 personnel – larger than the population of Del Rey Oaks. Here, there are no paved roads, buildings or houses. Instead, dirt trails lead temporary residents toward spacious lots and grassy patches, dotted with trailers and tents. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmates cook the meals. And everything residents could possibly need is available to them at no personal charge.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

13 people arrested and two weapons recovered
Barry Brown, KION

GREENFIELD, Calif. - Law enforcement agencies in South Monterey County conducted a gang and parole sweep Wednesday. The operation was designed to address a recent increase in violent crime in the area.

13 people were arrested and two weapons were recovered along with various narcotics.

The Greenfield Police Department worked with several other agencies during the sweep including King City Police, Soledad Police, Monterey County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals.

OPINION

Mary C. DeLucco, The Sacramento Bee

I realize that when writing a piece about California’s death row it’s much more interesting to focus on an inmate whose crimes are the stuff of horror movies. But it seems that in a story written by a columnist who describes himself as “ambivalent” about capital punishment, it would be edifying to also look at those on death row whose guilt is questionable, or whose crimes were not horrendous but occurred in the wrong county, or whose conviction was the result of a woefully inadequate defense attorney. (“A macabre and failed system of justice”; Forum, Aug. 21)

Michael A. Ramos, The Sun Columns

Seven hundred forty-three criminals sit on California’s death row. Prisoners like Randy Kraft who sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered 16 young men between 1972-1983 or Dennis Stanworth, who was convicted of raping and murdering two girls and was sentenced to death in 1966 for the heinous crimes he committed.

California’s Supreme Court set aside Stanworth’s death sentence in 1972 after the California Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment was unconstitutional. So, instead they gave this brutal killer life in prison with the possibility of parole. In 1990, he was paroled and by 2013 he killed again — this time his elderly mother.

And who could forget Richard Allen Davis? A career criminal who was three months out of prison and “rehabilitated” only to end up raping and killing 12-year-old Polly Klaas. Davis has now been sitting on death row for 17 years — at taxpayer’s expense.