Friday, December 16, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Amy Taxin, The Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Jurors took just an hour Thursday to convict a California sex offender of killing four women - crimes that were mostly committed while he was being tracked by GPS and that now make him eligible for a death sentence.

Victims' relatives clutched hands in the Orange County courtroom and closed their eyes while the guilty verdicts against Steven Dean Gordon were read. Some trembled and some cried.

"I can't say it's justice but it's peace. It's a little bit of peace," Jodi Estepp, the mother of victim Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, told The Associated Press outside the courtroom.

DEATH PENALTY

Brian Rokos, The Press Enterprise

Correction: A previous version of this story contained incorrect information. Daniel Landry's sentence of 70 years to life was for a third-strike conviction of being a prisoner in possession of a knife.

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.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Christopher Zoukis, The Huffington Post

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that within five years of release, 76 percent of prisoners released in the U.S. reoffend. Breaking this cycle requires radical reforms in rehabilitation methods, and some surprising approaches are showing promising results — downward dog and mantra chanting.

Educational and vocational programs already in place for prisoners are proven to help to reduce recidivism, but some facilities taking steps beyond those by offering programs that target wellness, such as yoga and meditation. Studies have shown teaching prisoners meditation and mindfulness can have positive effects on their behavior, and translates into further reductions in recidivism compared to prisoners who have only participated in traditional rehabilitation and educational programs.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

A new investigation reveals how Proposition 47 has failed so far to fund the drug rehab programs it promised.
Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones

California's experiment with releasing thousands of drug offenders from its prisons—a major step in the fight against mass incarceration—has run up against a big problem: Once they're out, there aren't enough social service programs to help these offenders overcome addictions and restart their lives.

At least 13,500 inmates have been freed in California since 2014, when voters passed a measure called Proposition 47 that reclassified simple drug possession as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. But the state has not yet invested enough money in treatment programs, according to a seven-month investigation by journalists at the Desert Sun, the Ventura County Star, the Record Searchlight, and the Salinas Californian. The end result: Thousands of addicts and mentally ill people have gone from incarceration to the streets, without a safety net to help them deal with substance abuse.