Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Record Searchlight

A Shasta County man serving a 150-year sentence for murder was found dead in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison Tuesday morning.

Joshua McCormick, 36, of Anderson was found unresponsive in his cell at approximately 6:30 a.m. The prison staff initiated lifesaving measures, but after being unable to revive him, pronounced him dead at 7:33 a.m., officials said.

McCormick has been in prison since May 2014, and was serving a sentence of 150 years to life with the possibility of parole for three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

DEATH PENALTY

Nick Cahill, Courthouse News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Stunted by federal challenges and a litany of habeas corpus petitions that have overwhelmed the courts, California's seldom-used death penalty has come to a standstill. Despite having the most inmates awaiting execution - 700 currently housed on death row - the Golden State has not executed an inmate since 2006.

With California's capital punishment on pause, proponents of two wildly diverging ballot propositions - one seeking to abolish the death penalty and the other to speed up the execution process - are asking voters to approve major reforms this November.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Patrick Healy, NBC LA

The two ex-cons arrested in the killings of three law enforcement officers last week had both been imprisoned within the past decade for violent crimes involving use of guns, and had continued to commit violations while on parole, court records show.

It raises the question: Why were they no longer locked up?

Instead, one has now been charged with the murder of Steve Owen, 53, veteran sergeant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department.

Joe Galli, CBS

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Palm Springs police officers Jose "Gil" Vega and Lesley Zerebney were killed in the line of duty on Saturday. Zerebney is a second generation police officer.

Zerebney's father, David Kling, lives in Zerebney's home town of Hemet, where Zerebney went to West Valley High School. Kling is retired from the California Highway Patrol.

"The funny thing about here is, she is tough as nails, she is a dead shot with a rifle, even as a teenager. She could beat me in a shooting competition. And yet, underneath that, there is just a soft heart and really sensitive, and that really came out when she had the baby," Kling said to KESQ media partner KABC.

OPINION

LA Progressive

From the point of view of a staff member at one of our California state prisons, I want to share some of my experiences regarding prison life from a different perspective–from that of a free person working on behalf of the inmates in a prison.

Before doing so, however, let me tell you a little about myself so you’ll have some understanding of why I feel so passionate about the work I do and the men I serve.

I grew up in a small town in northern Texas during the 50’s. There were quite a few prominent rich people who lived there but most came from the lower-income working poor. This was also during the time of segregation. Attending elementary and junior high schools there, I was always pretty popular but not for the reasons you might think. There were always some popular kids in class like those who played football, did cheerleading, or came from prominent, affluent families in our town.