Thursday, September 22, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

OCDA

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is opposing the parole of an inmate convicted of the first-degree murder of a Cypress Police Department (CPD) officer responding to a burglary being perpetrated by the inmate. Bobby Joe Denney, 72, is currently being held at the California Institute for Men in Chino. Denney pleaded guilty on May 16, 1977, to one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and was convicted by a jury on June 15, 1977, of one felony count of first degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for being armed with a deadly weapon. In 1977, before life without parole or the death penalty were enacted, Denney was sentenced to life in state prison.

Denney is scheduled for a parole hearing tomorrow, Sept. 22, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings (Panel), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This case was originally prosecuted by then Senior Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brown.

DEATH PENALTY

Scott Shafer, KQED

There are two completely opposite November ballot measures dealing with capital punishment, and a new poll shows neither one is getting support from a majority of voters.

Proposition 62 would repeal the state’s death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. It falls just short of the simple majority it needs to pass.

Forty-eight percent of likely voters support it, while 37 percent are against it. Fifteen percent are undecided.

Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal

The Board of Supervisors decided provisionally Tuesday to throw its support behind propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot that would increase parole chances for some felons and repeal the death penalty.

Four of the board’s five members — Supervisor Steve Kinsey was absent — discussed what their positions should be on the other 15 propositions on the ballot as well. A resolution making their choices official will be considered for a formal vote on Oct. 4. They decided not to take a position on Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Brooke L. Williams, City Limits

For this theatrical performance, there are no props. No costumes. No elaborately adorned stage. There are only voices. Voices that tell powerful stories and that evoke the raw emotion that can only come from baring one’s soul.

This is “The Castle”, the play that The Fortune Society’s founder, David Rothenberg, first conceived nearly a decade ago. Clients of the non-profit organization, which is focused on helping the formerly incarcerated, are the stars of the show.

Arts programming for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated has been shown to have therapeutic benefits. A 2014 Justice Policy article found that arts education in prisons led to increased participation in academic and vocational programs as well as a decrease in disciplinary reports.

Julie Caine, KALW

In January 1969, two members of the Black Panther Party – Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter and John Huggins – were shot and killed on the campus of UCLA.

Larry 'Watani' Stiner and his brother were arrested and convicted for the murders. They were members of Organization US – a black nationalist group active at the time. The brothers were sent to San Quentin State Prison. 

The Times-Standard

The 43-year-old sentenced last week for fatally beating a man in Blue Lake in 2015 was scheduled to be transferred into state prison custody today.

Jonas Randall Semore will be transferred into the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation following a court appearance in front of Judge John Feeney.