Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Daily Republic

VACAVILLE — The search continued Tuesday for a man who walked away from a minimum-security prison facility early Monday and hasn’t been seen since.

Police and prison officials are searching for Jarvis Brown, 29, who was reported missing during an institutional count at approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday at California Medical Facility, according to information provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He had last been seen in his bunk around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Notification was quickly made to local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes, agents from the state prison system’s Office of Correctional Safety were dispatched to locate and apprehend Brown. CMF’s Investigative Services Unit, Crisis Response Team, local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol were also notified to assist in the search for Brown.

DEATH PENALTY

Shirin Rajaee, CBS

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s one of the most emotionally charged issues on the November ballot: California’s death penalty.

In just days, voters will be asked to weigh in on two propositions that are literally life and death decisions. One ballot measure repeals the state’s 38 year old death penalty, while a different measure seeks to speed up the process leading to executions.

The one thing both sides agree on is that the state’s current system is broken, and something needs to be done. For those supporting Proposition 62, which replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole, it’s time for real change.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Angela Musallam, CBS

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A wanted parolee out of Sacramento led police on a chase through the city, then holed himself up inside a warehouse in East Sacramento.

Police say it happened just after 5 p.m. Monday.

An ex-girlfriend of 29-year-old Manuel Vasquez first called police to report he was driving a stolen car.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

Proposition 57, potentially the most significant revision of California sentencing laws in 40 years, would allow the state parole board to consider releasing inmates who have served their basic term for a crime the law defines as nonviolent.

How many inmates would be eligible depends on whom you ask. And there’s quite a difference — one set of numbers, based on the text of Prop. 57, is more than 23 times higher than figures used by the yes on 57 campaign, which says the measure would be enforced much more narrowly.

The disparity could leave voters wondering what they’re being asked to approve.

The most reliable data usually come from a neutral source like the state’s legislative analyst, said Rory Little, a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Jason Rochlin, Daily Titan

Cal State Fullerton will be taking part in a three-year pilot program starting in the spring 2016 semester alongside a number of other CSU campuses to implement Project Rebound, a means of expanding college access to help formerly incarcerated individuals earn a degree and lower prison recidivism rates.

Project Rebound is a program from San Francisco State University (SFSU) that has a goal of “Turning Former Prisoners into Scholars,” according to the program’s SFSU Associated Students page.

It was started by John Irwin in 1967, as the program became a model for other similar programs in Northern California.

Brady Heiner, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and the director of Project Rebound at CSUF, said that Rebound is the sole survivor of nine different incarcerated student-oriented programs in the CSU system that existed in the 1970s.

OPINION

Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project

High-profile state ballot measures on contentious issues like the death penalty, guns and pot are closely watched as indicators of the national mood. But this election season also brings less-noticed proposals that may have more far-reaching effects. Here are four ballot measures in six states that could serve as laboratories for other states.

Shortening Time Served for Nonviolent Felonies

California

California has a long history of putting criminal justice policy on the ballot: the state’s infamous “Three Strikes” law was strengthened by a ballot initiative in 1994; then, with voters’ appetite for mass incarceration on the wane, the law was partially repealed by another initiative in 2012. In 2014, voters downgraded several major felonies to misdemeanors — most notably, possession of heroin and other illegal drugs.

Kenneth E. Hartman, The Examiner

Proposition 62, the “Justice That Works Act,” claims to end the death penalty in California. But if it is voted in, it will result in the death of thousands of prisoners. In this case, a death penalty by another name will kill no less effectively, no less cruelly.

Life without the possibility of parole, particularly after the passage of this ballot initiative, will mean exactly what it says. Or as the author of the proposition prosaically framed it: “They grow old in prison and they die in prison.” Death is the expected outcome of the penalty; the death penalty in other words.

There’s more to Prop. 62 that should warrant caution. The language calls for all of us so sentenced, while we’re awaiting our old age and eventual deaths, to be housed in “high-security” prisons. In this state, home to the largest prison system ever found by the U.S. Supreme Court to be violating the cruel and unusual punishments clause of the Constitution, on an industrial scale, that means a lifetime of suffering and deprivation. It also means a virtual blank check being handed over to prison bureaucrats to exact whatever kind of brutality they see fit.

Locking people up for as long as possible isn’t the most effective way of dealing with crime.
The Wall Street Journal

Regarding Allysia Finley’s “California’s Bad Example for Criminal-Justice Reformers” (Cross Country, Oct. 8): One thing my five decades in law enforcement taught me is that locking people up for as long as possible isn’t the most effective way of dealing with crime. As the former police chief in the California cities of Richmond, San Jose and San Diego, I saw too many people cycle in and out of the system no matter how tough our punishments got.

Prison is the proper punishment for the most violent crimes, but it does more harm than good for many with nonviolent offenses, increasing the likelihood they will continue the cycle of crime. That’s why California’s Proposition 47 was so important—the law enables California to reallocate savings from a reduction in incarceration of low-level, nonviolent offenders to community-based crime prevention programs that actually address the drivers of crime.

Merced Sun Star

Those who take another’s life in a way that merits California’s death penalty often lack remorse, guilt or anything approaching empathy. They have no conscience.

But what about the rest of us?

Do we put ourselves on the same plane? Is our thirst for revenge so overpowering that it blinds us to the injustices implicit in carrying out our state’s most severe and irreversible punishment?

The death penalty is inhumane, counterproductive and costly. We recommend voting yes on Proposition 62 to abolish it, commuting all death sentences to life without parole. We also urge voters to reject Proposition 66, which would limit appeals and expedite executions.