Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Fairfield Daily Republic and Associated Press

VACAVILLE — California Medical Facility still is providing inadequate care to inmates despite a decade of oversight intended to improve care, the state inspector general said Monday, citing poor nursing care and a recent change in policy that means there are no doctors at the facility after normal hours.

The Vacaville prison facility failed on half of 14 key benchmarks.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Nashelly Chavez, Sacramento Bee

At the age of 11, West Sacramento native Michael Rizo first entered the juvenile justice system after he stole something from his neighbor’s yard.

“I started messing up around elementary school, just started getting influenced by negative people,” Rizo said.

In the years that followed, he moved in and out of foster care, often running away from home and living in abandoned houses. Rizo said he continued to act out as he got older, participating in gang activity and a string of robberies.

Paul Payne, Press Democrat

A proposal before voters this November to make the state’s less-violent prisoners eligible for release sooner has widened the gulf between law enforcement and advocates of reducing prison overcrowding.

Proposition 57, developed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would allow inmates to earn credits for completing educational and rehabilitation programs. It would also allow judges — not prosecutors — to decide whether to try certain minors as adults.

Deborah McKeon, Temple Daily Telegram

BELTON, TEXAS — Larry Don Patterson, arrested Tuesday in connection with two 43-year-old murders in California, was a Bell County registered sex offender.

The Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Patterson in Oakhurst, Okla., in a heavily wooded area, according to officials.

Patterson is suspected, along with William Lloyd Harbour, 65, of murdering Valerie Janice Lane, 12, and Doris Karen Derryberry, 13, just north of Sacramento, Calif.
Harbour was arrested in Yuba County.


OPINION

Bakersfield Californian

There are many very bad, dangerous people on California’s death row. Among the more than 700 inmates awaiting execution are people who have murdered and tortured. In many cases, their crimes are beyond the imagination.


They deserve to be executed for their crimes. But they almost surely won’t be. Instead, they will sit on death row for years. And years. And years. The likelihood of them dying of old age or disease is much greater than the chance they’ll be subjected to lethal injection, or any other legal means of execution.