Monday, September 26, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Durant and Green Attend Annual Event Featuring Pickup Game Against Prison Inmates
NBA.Com

The Warriors made their annual trip to San Quentin State Prison on Saturday. As has been the case in each of the last five years, members of the Warriors front office staff and basketball operations department played a pickup game against select prison inmates in front of a crowd of prison guards and other inmates.

While Warriors President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Bob Myers headlined the Warriors contingent on the court, Warriors players Kevin Durant and Draymond Green took in the action from the sidelines. There, they sat among the inmates to watch the action, sign autographs and even play some dominos.

Modern Machine Shop

The TV program “Titans of CNC”—formerly “Titan: American Built”—posted the promo above of its upcoming third season. Titan Gilroy, the show’s star and creator, has obtained permission to establish a modern CNC machining program within San Quentin State Prison and film there. This video shows the new San Quentin machine shop taking shape, as Mr. Gilroy (himself a former prison inmate) works alongside inmates to renovate and equip the space, and prepare the new CNC shop for the instruction of students.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Prisoners and P.J. the Chihuahua mix both are benefiting from his service-dog training.
Mark Muckenfuss, The Press Enterprise

Prison is changing P.J.

But in a good way.

The little black-and-white Chihuahua mix is learning to heel, fetch and even open doors. So far, he has not learned how to pick any locks. But his trainers want to teach him how to turn light switches on and off.

And they want him to learn how to alert his future owner of an impending seizure.

P.J. is not a canine offender. He’s one of five dogs that are part of a new program at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco in which inmates train service dogs.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Pablo Lopez, The Fresno Bee

By all accounts, Jeffrey Snyder has had a screwed-up life.

His parents divorced because of his father’s alcoholism. Around age 10, he was introduced to drugs and alcohol and homosexual sex by older boys in his Fresno neighborhood.

When he tried to talk to his parents about it, they didn’t know how to deal with it.

In 1974, he joined the Army, but was honorably discharged six months later because he could not adjust to military life.

DEATH PENALTY

Hannah Fry, The Los Angeles Times

Convicted double-murderer Daniel Wozniak looked toward the front of the Santa Ana courtroom, his expression void of emotion as an Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday affirmed his death sentence.

The courtroom fell silent. The victims' family and friends wiped away tears as Judge John Conley sentenced the former Costa Mesa community actor, 32, to death for killing Irvine resident Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23, and her Army veteran friend Samuel Herr, 26.

Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON >> The last inmate executed in California was Clarence Ray Allen, legally blind and suffering from diabetes, whose heart was stopped with lethal chemicals as punishment for a triple homicide in Fresno he ordered from a Folsom Prison cell a quarter century earlier.

It was more than a decade ago when Allen spoke his last words — “Hoka Hey, it’s a good day to die” — and the poisons flowed into his veins at San Quentin State Prison.

Now, with the death penalty dying across the U.S., the nation is watching California as its voters consider competing initiatives meant to either revive executions or abolish capital punishment. Several states in recent years ended their death penalties through court decisions or legislation, but California is a test of whether voters think executions are worth trying to save.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Roelle Balan, Ohlone Monitor

There is one way to describe Fiani Johnson and that is nosy. While laughing with peers, she said that she was so nosy she used to follow the ambulance,firetrucks and police cars when something big happened. She eventually stopped after getting a ticket for following these emergency cars. Her curiosity got the best of her because now she wants to change the lives of inmates.

Fiani Johnson is like most Ohlone students, she grew up in a home with parents and siblings and went to school, very eager to learn. There was one problem, she was caught up by the law and ended up going to jail for a year.

During her time in jail, her compassion for people in prison grew. Her observations while in jail inspired and moved her to try to help those who are incarcerated. “I just want to give them that opportunity to show they are good (people),” she said.

Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News

Nearly two years after a state law passed that turned some serious drug offenses into minor ones, a new study has stirred up renewed discussion on whether the measure is working.

Voters gave Prop. 47 the nod in November 2014, mandating that six low-level property and drug offenses would be reclassified from felonies to misdemeanors.

From Los Angeles to the Inland Empire, it meant that felons got resentenced. Many received reduced time. And some were simply released for time already served.

OPINION

Mercury News

The best California ballot measures state clear intentions and leave little or no room for debate over how they will be implemented.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to roll back fixed prison terms for non-violent felons fails this basic test. Vote no on Proposition 57 on the November ballot.

We agree with the governor’s intent, but the proposition is sloppily written. It fails to clearly identify which crimes would fall under it and how an inmate’s criminal history would affect eligibility for parole. Brown or other reform advocates need to try again