Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Dozens of sex offenders back behind bars again in annual California Halloween night check.
John Marshall, Blasting News

Dozens of convicted sex offenders across #California are back behind bars after state and local law enforcement officials went to their homes on #Halloween night to make sure they weren’t coming in contact with children. Officials with state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say parole agents and police officers knocked on the doors of nearly 1,200 sex offenders across California as part of an annual Halloween night compliance check and search of their homes. During the checks, law enforcement officials say 62 people were arrested for parole or probation violations, including two who were parolees-at-large. Fifteen parolees were also arrested for possession of child pornography and six for having guns or other prohibited weapons.


Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Brigid Hanson, 61, of Cameron Park, has been appointed chief of the Office of Labor Relations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she has been acting chief since 2016 and has served as a retired annuitant since 2015. Hanson held several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2004 to 2014 and from 1997 to 2000, including acting director of the Division of Administrative Services, special assistant to the undersecretary of operations, assistant secretary of labor relations, associate director of human resources, director of administration and operations in the Division of Juvenile Justice, deputy director in the Division of Correctional Health Care Services, assistant secretary and labor relations specialist. Hanson was assistant director in the California Youth Authority’s Office of Safety and Labor Relations from 2002 to 2004, a labor relations manager at the California Department of Education from 2001 to 2002 and a labor relations specialist at the California Department of Transportation from 2000 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $132,288. Hanson is a Democrat.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors felt burned out and some nurses seemed indifferent to inmates' care at a prison along California's central coast even after 10 years of federal oversight intended to improve conditions there, the state inspector general reported Tuesday.

Salinas Valley State Prison "demonstrated a profound inability to provide patients with adequate access to care," with inspectors finding problems "in virtually all areas," according to the inspector general's report.


Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

When a pair of puppies stepped into a state prison’s highest security yard on a scorching summer day, dozens of felons fretted that the Labradors would singe their feet on hot pavement.

“Pick them up! You’ve got to carry them. Watch out for their paws!” inmate Andre Ramnanan remembers his worried peers shouting at him.

Three months later, Ramnanan says the dogs still have a “magical” effect on the yard at Mule Creek State Prison in Amador County. Sometimes, they even defuse fights.


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.

End the Death Penalty or Speed It Up – California Faces Opposing Ballot Initiatives
Liliana Segura, The Intercept

On the day a California jury sentenced 25-year-old Irving Ramirez to die, Dionne Wilson went out to a bar to celebrate. “We had a major party,” she told me. Ramirez had shot and killed her husband, Dan, in 2005 — the first Alameda County cop to be murdered in the line of duty in almost 40 years. The district attorney tried the case himself; when the death sentence came down two years later, Wilson felt satisfied she could finally move on with her life.

But the next day, a feeling of letdown began to sink in. “I was supposed to wake up in the morning with this newfound freedom,” Wilson said. “And I didn’t. And I kept waiting and waiting and waiting. And it never came.” Wilson had pushed for the death penalty, although she understood Ramirez wouldn’t be executed anytime soon. “Everybody in California knows that when you get on death row you’re more likely to die of old age,” she said. “Everyone knows that. That really wasn’t the issue.” The sentence was supposed to be the thing that healed her. “It was supposed to be my justice.” Instead, she felt lost and angry.


Voters in CA, NE, and OK will face ballot measures on capital punishment in November. California has two competing propositions: one would end the death penalty and another would speed up executions.


Voters in Nebraska, Oklahoma and California will consider ballot measures dealing with capital punishment. California's Proposition 62 would get rid of the death penalty altogether. Another ballot measure would keep the death penalty in place and also speed up the process by limiting prisoners' appeals. Scott Shafer from KQED in San Francisco explains.


Chelcey Adami , The Californian

Issues of public safety, mass incarceration and rehabilitation of convicted criminals circle Proposition 57, also known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, coming up on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Voting for it means supporting more parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of certain nonviolent crime as well as allowing judges, instead of prosecutors, decide whether certain juveniles are tried as adults.

Proponents of the measure, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, state that it will help reduce the state’s prison populations, allow rehabilitation of offenders, reduce disproportionate criminalization of minorities, and save millions for taxpayers. They also argue that by further reducing the prison population, the chance of a court-ordered release of dangerous criminals is lessened.


Michael Vitiello, The Sacramento Bee

In an ideal world, California would adopt wholesale reform of the criminal justice system.

Instead, we have a crazy patchwork quilt of measures, like Proposition 36, the criminal justice realignment of 2011, and Proposition 47 of 2014.

Some are blunt instruments, like Proposition 47, which reduced some serious felonies to misdemeanors and reduced the incentive for some offenders to participate in drug treatment when their drug offenses were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.

Chuck Alexander, The Sacramento Bee

As correctional peace officers working inside California prisons, we take Proposition 62 very personally, because it directly impacts our safety and the safety of the inmates we oversee.

Proposition 62 would repeal California’s death penalty law, putting inmates and correctional officers at serious risk. The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board supports it (“End the illusion: Abolish the death penalty,” Endorsement, Oct. 9).

Visalia Times –Delta

Historically, the voters of California have continually voted to keep the death penalty as the ultimate sentence for those who commit the most heinous crimes. However, every election cycle there is a constant push by a few Hollywood actors, out-of-state billionaires with personal agendas and the ACLU to abolish the death penalty – despite the will of the people.

In 2012, opponents of the death penalty spent over $7 million dollars pushing a deceptive ballot measure called the “SAFE California Act,” which would abolish the death penalty and somehow make California “safer.” California voters were smart enough to see through the smoke screen. The proposition failed, and once again voters made their will clear.