Friday, October 28, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips



CALIFORNIA INMATES

Garth Stapley, The Modesto Bee

With misty eyes and firm resolve, Laci Peterson’s mother stood before news cameras in Modesto once again to remind people what it means to lose loved ones at the hands of a killer.

“I support the death penalty because some crimes just warrant the death penalty,” Sharon Rocha said Thursday, less than two weeks before a statewide election that could decide whether capital punishment is abolished or expedited in California. She and a roomful of authorities hope voters reject Proposition 62 and embrace Proposition 66.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Matt Hamilton, The Los Angeles Times

A California review board denied parole Thursday to Charles “Tex” Watson, the self-described right-hand man of Charles Manson and a key figure in the Manson family’s 1969 killing spree in the Los Angeles area.

Watson, 70, was initially sentenced to die in San Quentin’s gas chamber for his part in the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others. In 1973, his sentence was commuted to life in prison after the state Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional.

"Operation Boo" requires registered sex offenders to adhere to certain restrictions
Omari Fleming, NBC LA

State officials are cracking down on registered sex offenders, just as Halloween is around the corner.

It's called "Operation Boo," which requires that all registered sex offenders to adhere to certain curfews and restrictions between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., starting on Halloween night. They also cannot put up Halloween decorations or give out candy to trick-or-treating children.

abc 23 News

California law enforcement officials decided against requiring sex offenders on parole to put up "do not disturb" door signs on Halloween.

Following last year's mandate, one sex offender sued, stating the signs violated rights and made it easier for people to target sex offenders.

DEATH PENALTY

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

On a cool afternoon in October, Sandra Friend sits near a patch of green clover outside her small country home near Yuba City, thinking of her late son as the wind rustles through the trees. Friend, 43, says she wants “California voters to know what kind of offenders are on death row,” men like Robert Boyd Rhoades, who sodomized, tortured and killed 8-year-old Michael Lyons two decades ago.

She recalled that investigators said the wounds her son endured were deliberate: Rhoades stabbed the 63-pound boy 70 to 80 times with a fisherman’s knife and kept him alive for hours.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Ken Mashinchi, abc 23 News

The California prison system could be undergoing a significant change.

A federal mandate to lower prison population has led to bills like AB 109 (realignment) and Prop 47 (making some felonies into misdemeanors). Proposition 57, which is on the November ballot, is a two-part proposal designed to affect non-violent criminals as well as juveniles.

Through 23ABC’s interviews with public safety officials, the juvenile angle was not met with much opposition, so it will be discussed first.

Elizabeth Larson, Lake County News

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – As voters prepare to decide on a slate of statewide ballot measures, local and regional law enforcement leaders have come out with a strong warning against Proposition 57, which they say will endanger the safety of the communities and citizens they serve.

They're also concerned that it will undermine the authority of local elected judges and erode four decades' worth of advances in victims' rights in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown has developed Proposition 57, The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, and also is campaigning vigorously for its passage.

Dave Williams, The Community Voice

Initiative designed to reduce state’s prison population

Proposition 57 on this November’s ballot is called “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, but police chiefs throughout Sonoma County are vehemently opposed to this ballot initiative.

Cotati Police Chief Michael Parish is the president of the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association, and he believes passage of Prop. 57 will allow for the early release of child molesters, those who rape unconscious persons, gang members who commit drive-by shootings, or those who commit assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence causing trauma.

OPINION

Michael B. Salerno, The Sacramento Bee

Proposition 57 would not release criminals convicted of crimes such as kidnapping, rape and murder, as argued by victims’ rights advocate Marc Klaas (“Prop. 57 would release violent criminals and undermine the rights of victims,” Viewpoints, Oct. 25).

It would simply allow parole consideration for nonviolent offenders who have already served their base sentences, giving them an incentive to earn earlier release. Voters should approve Proposition 57 to make long overdue refinements to felony sentencing.

Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — 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.

Kay Recede, FOX 40 News

MODESTO -- Laci Peterson’s mother spoke in favor of Proposition 66 in Modesto on Thursday.

She, along with district attorneys, sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders in the Central Valley rallied in support of the proposition that would amend the state’s death penalty system by shortening the time of legal challenges.

However, those who oppose argue, a "yes" vote would create trouble for taxpayers and more heartbreak for victims' families.