Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Thomas Peele, The Mercury News

Authorities are investigating whether the former leader of Oakland’s cultish Your Black Muslim Bakery — now serving a life sentence for the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey — tried to orchestrate additional killings from prison.

Using a contraband cellphone at Salinas Valley State Prison, Yusuf Bey IV sent text messages to at least one follower directing that person to join plans to hurt people Bey IV believed had slighted him, authorities believe.

The alleged plot is revealed in text messages obtained by this news organization and according to people familiar with Bey IV’s plans.

His intent seemed to be to send a message that he could still do harm despite being in a high-security prison, where he is serving three consecutive life terms with no eligibility for parole.

OPINION

R.V. Scheide, News Cafe

Living as I do in the peaceful, wooded foothills of eastern Shasta County, I still sometimes find it hard to believe there’s a crime epidemic sweeping the fair city of Redding in the valley below. It’s easy to get lulled into the idea California’s ongoing experiment with prison realignment and sentencing reform is doing just fine.

As just about everyone who lives in the city of Redding knows, it isn’t. The experiment began with the passage of AB 109 in 2011, the state Legislature’s response to the federal government’s declaration that our prison system was unconstitutionally overcrowded and could not provide adequate health care to the inmates.

To reduce overcrowding, AB 109 among many other things created a new criminal class, the so-called non-violent, non-sexual, non-serious felony offender. Inmates that met the new classification were either released from prison or transferred to county-supervised probation. Persons convicted of non-non-non felony offenses are now incarcerated in county jails instead of being sent to prison.