Friday, September 23, 2016

Daily Corections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

The Associated Press

SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Police are launching a homicide investigation after an inmate who was attacked by his cellmate at a prison north of Sacramento last month has died.

State prison authorities say 54-year-old Martin Hall, the victim of the attack at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville, died Wednesday.

In a news release Thursday they say Hall was attacked by 51-year-old Donald Wilson on August 31 in the cell they shared.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Rob McMillan, abc 7 News

CHINO, Calif. (KABC) -- After spending nearly 40 years in prison, a convicted killer has again been denied parole for the murder of a Cypress police officer.

Bobby Joe Denney, now 72, will remain in state prison, but will be eligible for another parole hearing in five years, according to family members of the victim who attended Thursday's parole hearing.

The hearing was held at the state prison in Chino.

DEATH PENALTY

Christopher Cadelago, The Sacramento Bee

A plurality of likely voters backs the latest ballot effort to repeal the death penalty in California and shutter the nation’s largest death row, but support remains below the 50 percent threshold needed, a new poll shows.

The survey, completed jointly by the Field Poll and the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, found Proposition 62 ahead 48 to 37 percent, with 15 percent of likely voters undecided.

Meanwhile, barely a third (35 percent) support Proposition 66, a competing initiative aimed at expediting the death-penalty process. With 42 percent undecided, it appears far less familiar to voters. Twenty-three percent are opposed.

OPINION

The Press Democrat

California was slow in responding to a federal mandate to alleviate overcrowding in state prisons. But it has reached its stride through several initiatives. These include the adoption of legislation authorizing the release of low-risk inmates, voter approval of Proposition 47 in 2014, which reduced certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors, and the statewide prison realignment program, which has shifted thousands of prisoners to county jails.

On the Nov. 8 ballot, the governor is proposing another early-release plan — but this time he has gone too far. Proposition 57, if approved, would allow felons sentenced for less-violent crimes to earn early parole by receiving credit for education and good behavior opportunities. It also would allow judges, rather than prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults.