Thursday, October 20, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Deborah Asuncion, 57, of Corona, has been appointed warden at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, where she has served as acting warden since 2015. Asuncion was chief deputy warden at California Institute for Men, Chino in 2015 and served in several positions at Salinas Valley State Prison from 2011 to 2015, including associate warden and facility captain. She served in several positions at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison from 1999 to 2011, including captain, lieutenant, facility captain and sergeant. Asuncion was a correctional officer at California State Prison, Centinela from 1996 to 1999 and from 1993 to 1994. She was a branch manager at the Valley National Bank of Cortez from 1995 to 1996, office manager at United Way of Imperial County in 1995 and a correctional officer at Calipatria State Prison from 1991 to 1993. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $145,440. Asuncion is a Democrat.

OrovillMR News

A job fair for adults supervised by Butte County Probation, California State Parole, and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office is planned Nov. 2 at the Chico Masonic Lodge.

It’s the second year for the event which brings together dozens of employers and hundreds of potential employees

Local employers looking to participate in the fair can contact Amy Asher at Butte County Probation or by email at aasher@buttecounty.net.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Tanner Clinch, The Eloy Enterprise

ELOY — The La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy is exceeding its own educational expectations awarding more GEDs and vocational certificates to the inmates who have taken advantage of the opportunities available at the facility.

As of late August, 94 inmates had received their GED in the 2016 through the programs offered. In addition, 557 inmates have also received vocational certificates in everything from electrical, to carpentry and plumbing, according to a CCA press release.

DEATH PENALTY

Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project

Public support for the death penalty is at its lowest level since the Supreme Court suspended capital punishment in 1972. A Pew Research poll published late last month revealed that only 49 percent of Americans now favor executing murderers, a seven-point decline from March 2015. Those poll numbers may reflect growing public concern about botched executions, the high costs of operating death rows, and the suspicion that states may have executed innocent people. The polls have lifted the hopes of death penalty abolitionists as more states move away from executions either in policy or in practice and as execution rates keep falling. That momentum, however, is about to run smack dab into four ballot measures in three states that will test the popular mood and perhaps shape the national debate over capital punishment into 2017 and beyond.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Kelly Davis, Voice of San Diego

When Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced July 13 that he’d be heading up the statewide campaign to oppose Proposition 57, it took some folks by surprise.

The measure would grant early parole consideration to certain offenders, allow inmates who engage in educational and vocational programs to earn good-time credits and give judges discretion over whether juveniles should be tried as adults (right now, district attorneys make that call).

Faulconer’s move pit him against District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, usually a Faulconer ally, who in January announced her support for the measure.

There was speculation Faulconer joined the campaign to boost his statewide profile for a 2018 bid for governor — though he’s repeatedly denied any plans to run. Since his July announcement, though, he’s been relatively quiet about Prop. 57.

OPINION

The Los Angeles Times

In the nearly 40 years since California revived the death penalty, executioners at San Quentin have put 13 convicted murderers to death. But were they all truly the “worst of the worst” of the state’s killers? Were they all even killers? There’s a strong argument to be made that at least one of the executed inmates, Thomas Thompson of Laguna Beach, may, in fact, not have been guilty of murder. At the very least, there is strong evidence that the “special circumstance” — rape — that made him eligible for the death penalty didn’t occur. So why was Thompson executed? Prosecutorial chicanery by the Orange County District Attorney’s office, questionable testimony from jailhouse snitches and a defense attorney who failed at some of the basic tasks of trial, including challenging evidence, according to appellate rulings and a post-execution analysis.

Thompson’s 1998 execution points to one of the most compelling of the many reasons to abolish California’s death penalty under November’s Proposition 62.  A criminal justice system in which it’s often difficult to establish incontrovertible guilt should not be the vehicle for deciding life or death.

John Phillips, The OC Register

On election day, California voters will decide whether or not the death penalty stays or goes as the ultimate form of punishment for the state’s most heinous killers.

Capital punishment abolitionists are heralding Proposition 62, which would replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole, as the rightful sunset of a barbaric practice. To them, it’s a waste of taxpayer money and an immoral practice.

I couldn’t disagree more. Not only do I think it’s a good use of public resources, I believe it’s the moral answer to society’s most immoral people.

Dan Dow and Ian Parkinson, The Tribune

The purpose of Proposition 57 is to dramatically reduce our state prison population to comply with a federal court order. To ensure that voters support it, the authors claim it will only apply to “nonviolent” offenders.

When voters hear that only allow nonviolent offenders will be released early, many think that sounds reasonable. Most voters assume “nonviolent” crimes are limited to petty theft, drug use or possession, vandalism, traffic offenses and the like. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Under California law, there is only a short list of crimes classified as “violent.”

All others, including serious felonies, are technically “nonviolent.” Here is a partial list of crimes in California that are not defined as violent:

Sarah Dowling, Woodland Daily Democrat

The state of California’s early release program continues to raise questions as those released from prison reoffend.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office regularly publishes a list of convicted criminals who have been granted early release under this program.

Since the beginning of the program, 26 inmates with committing felony offenses from Yolo County have been released early, despite the opposition of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig. Of those 26 already released, six have been rearrested for crimes such as domestic violence, drug possession and resisting arrest.

Across California, more than 2,900 convicted felons have been released from prison early under the program, according to Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Melinda Aiello, who detailed the history of the early release program in a press release.