Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips

DEATH PENALTY

Brian Melley, Associated Press

Four years after Californians defeated an effort to repeal the death penalty, voters rejected a do-over and were favoring a counter measure that would speed up appeals so condemned murders are actually executed.

With more than 8 million votes counted Wednesday, 54 percent of voters rejected Proposition 62 that would have replaced the death penalty with life in prison without the chance of parole. The dueling reform measure had a narrow lead of about 51 percent.

Jim Miller, Sacramento Bee

California voters reaffirmed their backing for capital punishment Tuesday, rejecting a ballot measure that would have repealed the death penalty.

Proposition 66, which would accelerate the death penalties appeals process, holds a narrow lead in unofficial results.

Proposition 62 would have eliminated the death penalty and replaced it with life in prison without the possibility of parole, with the yes-on-62 campaign getting large donations from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and wealthy Democratic activist Tom Steyer, as well as others. It failed with 46.1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results Wednesday.

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

California voters defeated a ballot measure to repeal the state’s death penalty, while voting to pass a rival measure backed by prosecutors that would seek to speed up executions.

For the second time in four years, voters rejected a law to reduce the maximum sentence for capital crimes to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Proposition 62 was defeated 54 percent to 46 percent.

Proposition 66, which would set strict timelines for state court rulings in capital cases and limit future appeals, won with a narrow 51 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.



CORRECTIONS RELATED

Don Thompson, Associated Press

At least 30,000 of California's 130,000 state inmates could soon be considered for early release, the latest step in an unprecedented five-year effort to reduce California's prison population, after voters approved a sentencing reform measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Democratic governor says Proposition 57 will encourage more rehabilitation and help reverse a mistake he made when he was first governor in the 1970s by giving corrections professionals more say in when inmates are released, restoring balance to the legal code that he says has become overburdened with get-tough policies.
But opponents worry the initiative could cause a spike in crime and create uncertainty about the timing of inmates' releases.

John Myers, LA Times

California voters handed a decisive victory to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday in his effort to reshape the state's criminal justice system, approving a ballot measure to offer a new chance at prison release for thousands of prisoners.

Proposition 57, the governor's plan to further shrink the state's prison population, was supported by almost two-thirds of voters in Tuesday night returns. Its strongest support came from urban areas with a sizable number of Democratic voters.