Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Louis A. Scott, KALW

Warriors fans probably think of the Spurs, Clippers or Cavaliers as their biggest rivals. But there’s another rivalry just out of sight of the public eye — the Golden State Warriors versus the San Quentin Warriors.

For the last several years, Dubs stars like Steve Kerr, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant have stopped by the prison yard to shoot some hoops. The superstars don’t play, but the team brass does, led by General Manager Bob Myers. A couple years back, the inmates recorded the game, and that’s the subject of today’s San Quentin Prison Report.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

California prison officials released a safety guide for parents to help keep kids safe this Halloween.
Perry Smith, KHTS

The California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, which otherwise might seem like a nontraditional nexus for child safety on Halloween, actually has a longstanding tradition of supporting best practices on our nation’s spookiest night, dating back to 1994.

One of the reasons for Operation Boo is the high percentage of sex offenders who are not monitored by the state, officials said.

The state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation notes there are almost 114,000 sex-offenders statewide in California; and the CDCR is only responsible for supervising around 5,860 of them.

Kelly Puente, The OC Register

A state board on Tuesday denied parole for a former Anaheim man convicted of killing his friend who was beaten and tossed out of a Cessna airplane in 1982.

This was the fourth parole bid for Lawrence Cowell, convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 25 years to life for killing Scott Campbell. He will be eligible for parole again in three years, said Orange County Senior Deputy District Matt Murphy.

“We’re glad the board agreed with our assessment that Cowell still poses a danger to the community,” Murphy said.

DEATH PENALTY

Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee

If voters approve Proposition 62 this November, California would replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Rather than focusing on moral arguments, supporters of the initiative have sought to make the campaign an issue of fiscal sensibility.

In a new television ad, Ron Briggs, who managed his father’s successful 1978 ballot measure to expand California’s death penalty, says it was a mistake, emphasizing that the state would save money if it abolishes capital punishment. But the spot paints an exaggerated picture of the cost by juxtaposing unrelated figures.

Ben Bradford , Capital Public Radio

California voters who oppose the death penalty and those who want to challenge the plastic bag industry may accidentally cast ballots against their views.

40 percent of likely voters who called themselves “anti-death penalty” in a new Capitol Weekly survey also favored Proposition 66. That measure would look to hasten executions.

Alexei Koseff, The Sacramento Bee

With polls showing California voters poised to abolish the death penalty in just two weeks, the state correctional officers’ union is underwriting a major drive to save capital punishment.

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association on Monday released a pair of ads encouraging voters to reject Proposition 62, which would replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without parole, and support a competing measure, Proposition 66, that aims to expedite the process and resume long-stalled executions.

Dan Ashley, ABC 7

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Phyllis Loya lost her son more than a decade ago. Pittsburg Police Officer Larry Lasater was shot pursuing two robbery suspects. One of them, Alexander Hamilton is on death row.

"And they were laughing at my son being killed. They were remarking how they ratatatatted other officers who tried to aid my dying son," said Loya.

Dionne Wilson knows the same pain. Her husband Dan was on patrol in San Leandro when he was called to an apartment complex where a group of men were drinking outside. She says one of them, Irving Ramirez, was on probation and in possession of drugs and weapons.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Rob Hayes, ABC 7

SAN DIMAS, Calif. (KABC) -- Voters will be tasked with deciding on several measures during Election Day on Nov. 8, including measures that could have an impact on public safety.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and other law enforcement officials voiced their opposition to Proposition 57 and 62 and their backing of Proposition 66 on Tuesday.

CBS SF

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Santa Clara County has one of the highest rates in the state for trying children as adults. Proposition 57, on the November ballot, would make that decision up to judges, not prosecutors.

For many teenagers accused of violent crimes, juvenile hall is just a stopover on the way into the adult court and the prison system.

Pastor Sonny Lara of Firehouse Ministry is a former gang member and now a youth outreach minister.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Family members of two California police officers fatally shot to death this month spoke forcefully Tuesday against a November ballot initiative that would change California's sentencing laws by giving corrections officials more control of when criminals are released.

Tania Owen, widow of slain Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Owen, said Proposition 57 would endanger public safety and criticized Gov. Jerry Brown, the sponsor of the measure.

OPINION

Anne Marie Schubert and Richard Riggins, The Sacramento Bee

The death penalty is reserved for the most heinous of killers.

The crimes committed by death row inmates are so brutal and depraved that a jury of their peers rendered the ultimate sentence. Death sentences are rare – only 10 to 20 cases a year across the state – but they need to remain available for the worst of the worst.

The death penalty in California is broken, but with simple reforms, it can work again. We urge voters to vote “no” on Proposition 62, which would repeal capital punishment.

Donald Heller, The Sacramento Bee

Almost 40 years ago, I wrote California’s current death penalty law. I attempted to write a constitutionally sound law that would be fair and equitable. As a Republican and as a former prosecutor, I believed and still believe that people who commit heinous crimes should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. I thought that the death penalty was appropriate for willful and intentional murder.

Unfortunately, history and irrefutable data has shown that the death penalty is dysfunctional and costly, and may well have resulted in the execution of an innocent person.

Birgit Fladager, The Fresno Bee

Abolishing the death penalty and reducing sentences for depraved criminals to life in prison without the possibility of parole is a bad idea that needs to be defeated this November.

Proposition 62 is backed by Hollywood elites and billionaires who have no stake in the game and are working to thwart justice. They have never suffered the agonizing pain that victims’ families experience, nor have they dealt with these heinous criminals on a regular basis.

Sami Gallegos, KXTV

Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old when she was kidnapped from her South Lake Tahoe home while walking to the bus stop in the summer of 1991.

That's when Duggard's nearly 20-year ordeal -- one of California's most infamous kidnapping cases -- began. Earlier this summer, Dugard released a book detailing her life in captivity.

Dugard was repeatedly raped and held captive in a backyard by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. She was given a television. At 14 years old, she gave birth to her first child by Phillip. At age 17, she had her second child. She learned everything about pregnancy and childcare from her television.

Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

One of California’s most famous kidnap victims is opposing a parole overhaul backed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would make more inmates eligible for early release.

Jaycee Dugard, who spent 18 years in confinement after being kidnapped by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, wrote on Facebook that she fears Proposition 57 could speed the release of former criminals.