Monday, October 31, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Sheyanne Romero, Visalia Times –Delta

Parole agents went inside the house looking for pornography and Halloween candy. What they found led a sex offender back to prison.

“We always find porn,” said agent parole agent Tony Avitia, who works out of the Department of Adult Parole Operations in Hanford. “Even when they know we’re coming, we still find things they shouldn’t have.”

Right away they found marijuana. Bad news for the parolee.

The Recorder

To help prevent sex offenders from ruining anyone’s Halloween, especially kids, the state will conduct its 23rd annual Halloween children’s safety project Operation Boo.

The project, which is administered by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations, is aided by law enforcement partners statewide.

To aid parents in the process of ensuring their kids are safe on Halloween, the state has created the Operation Boo Parent Patrol, an online guide that gives suggestions for non-threatening ways to teach children how to spot and avoid potential sexual predators.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

PR Newswire

WEST CALDWELL, N.J., Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Community Education Centers, Inc. (CEC) is proud to announce the newest addition to its In-Prison Treatment Services division awarded from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The new program "Men's In-Prison Rehabilitative Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) Program" will begin on or before January 1st at the Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California. This new program increases the CEC roster of in-prison treatment programming locations for the State to six, in addition to a reentry center and Referral/Placement Office for Los Angeles County.

DEATH PENALTY

Sami Gallegos, abc News 10

California hasn't executed a death penalty inmate in more than a decade.

Whether or not you're in favor of capital punishment, both sides of the debate say the system is flawed.

Two competing ballot measures going before voters this year offer distinct solutions -- repeal the death penalty, or approve an attempt to shorten the process. The latter measure, Prop. 66, speeds up the process by amending statues that allow for legal challenges, which cause California's backlog of death row executions.

Brian Melley, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES —€” California's dysfunctional death penalty faces a fate in November that seems fitting: voters can put it out of its misery, or fix it so it does what it promises.

California's ballot initiatives — one would repeal capital punishment, the other would speed up appeals so convicted murderers are actually executed — are fueled by those who agree only that the current system is broken, leaving murder victims' kin grieving and the condemned languishing on death row.

In California, more than 900 convicted murderers have been sent to death row since 1978 — but only 13 have been executed. Many more have died of natural causes and no one has been put to death in more than a decade after a judge ordered an overhaul to the state's lethal injection procedure.

OPINION

Jethroe Moore, Charisse Domingo and Molly O'Neal, The Mercury News

At the heart of California’s Proposition 57 is a belief that with meaningful rehabilitation, programs, and support, those impacted by the criminal justice system can change. This is especially true for young people, who have their whole lives ahead of them.

Prop. 57 provides comprehensive criminal justice reform for both adults and youth.

It eliminates the ability of prosecutors to directly file charges against youth as young as 14 in adult court. It would return discretion to judges, and require them to consider adolescent brain development, the youth’s role in the offense, the youth’s background, the seriousness of the offense, the impact to victims, and other important factors.

Charles Lane, New York Post

Los Angeles — You’d think Proposition 62, a referendum to abolish California’s death penalty and replace it with life without parole, including for the 749 current occupants of death row, would win easily on Nov. 8.

Democrats dominate this state; their 2016 national platform advocated an end to capital punishment. Former President Jimmy Carter, left-populist icon Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the state’s major labor unions and 38 newspaper editorial boards are urging a “yes” vote.