Thursday, November 10, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

DEATH PENALTY

Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News

Although California voters soundly rejected abolishing the death penalty and appear to have approved a measure to speed up executions, don’t expect anything to change soon — if at all.

Proposition 66, which was ahead Wednesday by a razor-thin margin with dozens of counties still counting ballots, would face major hurdles before it could deliver on its promise of expediting a death penalty appeals process that often drags on for decades. About 750 people are on death row in California, and no one has been executed since 2006.

Alexei Kosoff, Sacramento Bee

California has once again reaffirmed its commitment to the death penalty.

On Tuesday, voters defeated Proposition 62, a measure to abolish capital punishment. It garnered only 46 percent of the vote, the second time in four years that the state has rejected an effort by critics to repeal the death penalty.

Proposition 66, which aims to speed up a fractured system that has produced only 13 executions in nearly four decades, was narrowly ahead as vote-counting continued, with about 51 percent support.

Dana Littlefield, San Diego Union-Tribune

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos is relieved. 

After the votes were counted, the ballot measure to streamline the decades-long appellate process for death penalty cases passed by a narrow margin in Tuesday’s election.

Ramos, who helped lead the campaign for Proposition 66, said Wednesday that its approval — along with the defeat of a competing initiative aimed at repealing the death penalty — shows that most Californians believe the ultimate punishment is warranted in certain cases.


CORRECTIONS RELATED

Stephanie Michaud, My News LA

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Wednesday formally appointed Terri McDonald, the onetime jails chief, to head the troubled Probation Department.
Supervisor Hilda Solis called McDonald a proven leader and said she “will provide the seasoned command, leadership and management skills that the county needs right now.”

Solis said the board had been looking for a candidate with a commitment to both public safety and the rehabilitation of offenders.

McDonald — who stepped down from her role at the Sheriff’s Department earlier this year — was hired three years earlier by then-Sheriff Lee Baca in an effort to reform a culture of intimidation and violence against jail inmates.