Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Jessica Rogness, East Bay Times

A state prison inmate at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville allegedly walked away from the institution’s minimum support facility in the middle of the night, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

CDCR officials are looking for minimum-security inmate Jarvis L. Brown, 29, who was reported missing during an institutional count at approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday.

He was last seen in his bunk around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

CDCR notified local law enforcement agencies, including the Vacaville Police Department.

DEATH PENALTY

Matthew Green, KQED

Among the heap of statewide propositions California voters will weigh in on next month, two are literally life and death decisions.

Proposition 62 would abolish capital punishment in California, making life without the possibility of parole the maximum punishment for murder. On the other hand, Proposition 66 would not only keep the state’s death penalty intact, it would speed up the notoriously long appeals process for those cases, potentially accelerating the rate of executions.

In the extreme unlikelihood that both measures receive more than 50 percent approval, only the one with the most votes would be enacted.

Jennifer Asbenson urges voters to reject Prop. 62
Jeff Stahl, KESQ

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - The only known survivor of a serial killer, a man authorities say murdered eight woman, is now worried voters might get rid of California's Death Penalty law she hopes her would-be killer will someday face.

Jennifer Asbenson is still is waiting for her would-be killer, Andrew Urdiales, to face the justice she says he deserves, 24-years after her attack.

"On the confession tapes, he said he stopped strangling me because his hands got tired," Asbenson said. "He says my face turned blue, my eyes started protruding. My eyes got bloodshot."

Asbenson thought she was going to die that September morning in Desert Hot Springs, 1992.

David Downey, The Mercury News

Devout Catholic Don Nelson was about as pro-death penalty as one can be.

Then his mother was beaten to death by Richard Ramirez, the infamous serial killed dubbed the Night Stalker, who broke into her Monterey Park home.

“She was two years away from the retirement she was looking forward to,” Nelson said.

The 72-year-old man choked up in an interview, as he recalled her brutal murder 31 years ago and the day a short time later when authorities captured Ramirez, ending the trail of terror he blazed that brutally hot and fearful summer.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

The former official is accused of failing to stop a guard from sexually abusing female inmates.
John M. Blodgett, The Press Enterprise

A former California Institution for Women warden can face trial for allegedly failing to stop a guard from sexual abusing female inmates – which in one case resulted in an inmate’s pregnancy, an appellate court ruled last week.

The trial was set to begin in April 2014 when the former warden, Guillermo Garcia, appealed in March 2014, saying “he should be immune from liability and dismissed from the case,” according to a news release by Oakland-based Justice First Attorneys at Law. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically altered California’s criminal sentencing system when he was first governor a generation ago.

Now he is asking voters to partly change it back by giving corrections officials more say in when criminals are released and stripping prosecutors of the power to decide when juveniles should be tried as adults. He says both would help rein in a legal code that he believes has tilted too far in favor of get-tough policies.

His Proposition 57 on the Nov. 8 ballot alarms many law enforcement officials, coming after a jump in crime last year and major policy shifts in the last five years that have put California on the national forefront of reducing mass incarceration.