Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Makenzie Davis, Lassen County Times
Some recent training at the Pups on Parole program was beneficial not just for the friendly canines, but also for their inmate handlers.
The Pups on Parole program, initiated in 2008, has adopted out about 450 pups to homes.
Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of upcoming articles in which the staff of the Folsom Telegraph will take readers behind the walls of Folsom Prison to illustrate the many programs in place that benefit our community and prepare inmates for future parole.
Each morning Argueta Mauricio wakes up, gets dressed and heads off to work where he spends his days restoring and repairing bicycles. However, Mauricio doesn’t work in a typical store front bicycle repair shop; instead his fully-equipped shop is nestled within the walls of Folsom Prison where inmates, like himself, have been restoring bicycles for decades.
This week, the fruits of Mauricio’s labor, which consists of some 200 bicycles that have been restored to “like new conditions,” will be distributed to nearly 200 less fortunate children in El Dorado County, just in time for the Christmas Holiday. It’s all part of Folsom Prison’s bicycle restoration program that has been operating since 1986 in conjunction with the Cameron Park Rotary and Ponderosa High School’s Interact Clubs.
DEATH PENALTY

Brian Rokos, The Press Enterprise

The California Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 12, unanimously denied the automatic appeal of a man sentenced to death by a San Bernardino County judge.
Daniel Landry, now 48, stabbed inmate Daniel Addis to death at the California Institution for Men in Chino on Aug. 3, 1997. A judge, acting on the recommendation of the jury that convicted Landry, sentenced him to death on Sept. 11, 2001.

Supreme Court Justice Closes Out The Year Railing Against The Death Penalty
Kevin Daley, The Daily Caller

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer launched his latest broadside against the death penalty in a rare dissent from the Court’s decision not to take up a pair of death penalty appeals.
Henry Perry Sireci has been on death row since 1976 when he was convicted of the murder of a used car salesman. His lawyers argued to the justices that a Florida court’s refusal to grant him a new trial, based on new DNA evidence which may exonerate him, violated his constitutional guarantee of due process. Breyer argued the justices should have agreed to take up his case. He wrote:
CORRECTIONS RELATED

For-profit prisoner calls on hold
Tom Gogola, Bohemian.com

Former San Quentin inmate James "J.B." Bennett works a couple of days a week counseling the Bay Area's recently de-carcerated, helping them get back on their feet and acclimated to life beyond the bars.
When ex-convicts meet with Bennett, they're greeted by a bulletin board hanging in his workspace with some handy slogans on it, including one that reads, "Communication is to a relationship as breath is to life."
That's a sentiment from pioneering 1970s family therapist Virginia Satir, founder of Palo Alto's Mental Research Institute, and it's a telling quote for our times.
Joe Khalil, Fox 40 News

A provision in Proposition 57 could lead to thousands of California court cases in which teenage minors are set to be tried as adults to be reviewed and sent back down to juvenile court.

“I'm enjoying having my freedom back,” said Jackie Pickett, a victim at the center of one of the cases that could soon see a drastic change.

It’s been quite a journey for Pickett.

THE STATE WORKER

Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

A proposed contract for state government’s largest union includes dozens of special pay raises for certain workers that could increase their salaries by as much as 19 percent next year, according to new details released this week by the bargaining units.
The biggest gains would go to financial experts working for departments like CalPERS, as well as workers with specialized training in competitive career fields.