Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Alecia Reid, KRON 4

SANTA ROSA (KRON) — Children look forward to trick-or-treating on Halloween, and local law enforcement is making sure they are safe.

The 23rd-annual Operation Boo is in full effect on Monday night. Parole agents are keeping their eyes on sex offenders and raising public awareness.

These agents’ sole focus is on sex offenders. They are called the GPS Super Unit.

Laura Acevedo, abc 23 News

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's called Operation Boo. It’s a statewide multi agency effort, led by the California Department of Corrections, checking on registered sex offenders making sure they are following their probation or parole orders on Halloween night.

The sex offenders must be home from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. with their porch lights off, no Halloween decorations and no candy outside or inside the home. The officers work as a team, setting up a perimeter around the home before knocking and making entry. Once inside, they detain the sex offenders while they search the house.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

The Daily Progress

SOLEDAD, Calif. (AP) — California corrections officials say a central California prison inmate has been killed by two other inmates.

Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Monday that the 36-year-old was attacked with an inmate-made weapon Saturday at Salinas Valley State Prison.

He died at a hospital an hour later. She says his name is not being released because relatives have not been notified.

DEATH PENALTY

Sarah Moore , KXTV

Kate Riggins believes the world would be a better place without Richard Hirschfield.

In 1980, Hirschfield abducted and murdered a young couple – raping the woman – before dumping their bodies in a ravine 30 miles east of Davis.

The man, John Riggins, was Kate Riggins’s son, a UC Davis pre-med student who was taking his girlfriend Sabrina Gonsalves to her sister’s birthday party when somehow they strayed into Hirschfield’s path on a foggy December night. They were only 18, and photos around that time show the beaming couple in the full blush of youth and promise.

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

Past efforts to repeal the death penalty in California have centered on moral or ethical objections. This year, proponents of Proposition 62, which would replace the punishment with life in prison without parole, are focusing on economics.

Prominent supporters of the measure have repeatedly pointed out that the state’s taxpayers have spent $5 billion on the executions of only 13 people in almost 40 years. Online ads have urged voters to end a costly system that “wastes” $150 million a year.

Karma Dickerson, Fox 40 News

The inmates on Death Row represent the worst of the worst of California’s criminals. Collectively, they’ve murdered roughly 1,000 people. Californians have consistently voted that executing these people is the way to make things right.

But what happens if the legal system gets it wrong?

“I’m a Death Row survivor out of the state of California,” said Shujaa Graham.

Graham spent years on San Quentin’s death row.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Jose Gaspar, Eyewitness News

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield woman carries on a lone fight against the early release of her brother's killer who was killed in a fiery car crash on August 12, 2007 in Carson. William, better known as Bill Cunha was 62-years-old. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's reports, Cunha died when his vehicle was broadsided by another driver in a Chevy Avalanche who ran a red light going at an estimated speed of 80 mph at the intersection of Alondra Boulevard and Broadway.

Cunha's vehicle burst into flames. The driver responsible for the crash, 28-year-old David Wayne Roberts fled the scene.

OPINION

Caroline Aguirre and Katharine Russ, City Watch

TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES-When touting the merits of The Public Safety & Rehabilitation Act of 2016 (also known as Proposition 57,) the 2016 California voters guide addresses the question surrounding juvenile arrests for violent or serious criminal offenses to be charged as adults. Those convicted could spend years incarcerated in California State prisons. Prop 57 strips away the power of prosecutors to try juveniles as adults, overturning Proposition 21 which was approved by 62% of the voters in 2000. Prop 21 gave prosecutors, instead of judges, the right to decide whether juveniles should be charged as adults.

A prosecutor could file directly against a juvenile in adult court under W&I 707(d), but could also file a “fitness hearing” in Juvenile Hall. Under W&I 707(c), a juvenile is presumed to be unfit for juvenile court.

Rape, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking Can Fall Outside Violence Definition
Stephen Foley, Santa Barbara Independent

Prop. 57 pushes the criminal justice pendulum too far in favor of dangerous felons. Inaptly described as a “public safety” measure, Prop. 57 aims to save taxpayers money by granting early parole for dangerous felons. However, the voters are being misled by the campaign in favor of Prop. 57. Proponents say it only applies to prisoners who committed nonviolent crimes, but there is an eight-page list of violent crimes that fall outside of a legal, technical definition of “violent.” Some of these so-called nonviolent felonies include rape, domestic violence, arson, human trafficking, vehicular manslaughter, gang crime, and assault with a firearm. Furthermore, Prop. 57 allows prison bureaucrats the constitutional power to grant sentence reductions for all felons — including those who committed violent felonies — without any input from voters, legislators, or judges.