Thursday, December 22, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Avianne Tan, abc News

Inside Folsom State Prison in California is a Santa's workshop of sorts.

Its sole elf? Inmate Mauricio Argueta.

Every day for a few hours, Argueta works at the shop repairing old and damaged bicycles as part of a program the prison has with the Cameron Park Rotary, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili, a public information officer for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Once the bikes are made like new, the Cameron Park Rotary donates them to children in need as Christmas gifts, Khokhobashvili told ABC News today.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Sacramento State News

prisoner’s blood pressure elicited several comments from one inmate, including, “I can guarantee that there is a guard that has not let her out of his sight.”

It all started about four years ago when Sacramento State photography Professor Nigel Poor was shown one box of photo negatives at San Quentin State Prison. Now she is in the midst of a huge project to organize, scan, and produce prints from several thousand negatives taken at the prison between 1935 and 1986.

In addition to its historical significance, the project is using inmates to help interpret the images and provide better understanding about their lives.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing a woman when he allegedly fired shots through the closed door of a Foothill Farms apartment earlier this month.

Deputies arrested Lawrence Johnson, 21, in the shooting death of Sungaya Fleming, 38, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department reported.

There were 16 people in the apartment on Myrtle Avenue at the time of the shooting, including children, authorities said. Four were wounded.

DEATH PENALTY

Brian Melley, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES

A ballot initiative approved by voters to speed up death penalty appeals was put on hold Tuesday by the California Supreme Court to consider a lawsuit challenging the measure.

The court issued a one-page decision staying the "implementation of all provisions of Proposition 66" and set a timeline for filing briefs that the court will consider before deciding to hold a hearing.

Proposition 66 would change how appeals are handled with the goal of expediting them so murderers are actually put to death. There hasn't been an execution in over a decade, and 750 inmates languish on Death Row.

Chris Mcguinness, New Times

Some people are salvageable, you know. I’m not. What do you do with a man that does [not] have any feeling?”

Dennis Duane Webb’s words are just as chilling today as when he spoke them in a San Luis Obispo courtroom 28 years ago. He said them to a jury that just found him guilty of the brutal rape, torture, and murder of a young husband and wife in Atascadero in 1987.

“What do you do with a rabid dog?” Webb reportedly told the jurors. “Put it to sleep.”

They apparently took him at his word. Webb was sentenced to death in 1988 and shipped off to San Quentin prison to await his execution. But that day would never come. On Dec. 13, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced that Webb, now 65, had been pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His cause of death has yet to be determined.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

The Geo Group, which runs 104 prisons and other facilities around the country, is opening a new halfway house in SoMa.
Casey Tolan, SF Weekly

One of the largest prison companies in the U.S. is opening a new halfway house in San Francisco.

The Geo Group, which runs 104 prisons and other facilities around the country, won a five-year, nearly $13 million state contract to run the re-entry center this month. Their new facility, at 139 Sixth St. in SoMa, is scheduled to open in February or March 2017 and will house up to 80 state inmates near the end of their prison sentences who will receive job training and counseling while they prepare to leave incarceration.

The state corrections department says the center, a former hotel, will be a powerful tool for helping former inmates transition back to normal life. But, in the past, other facilities in the Bay Area run by the same company have faced reports of sexual abuse of inmates.

OPINION

VC Reporter

The passage of Prop 47, the 2014 bill that reduced six types of low-level, nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors, came with a lot of controversy. Surely, committing crime should have consequences, but some feared that without any real punishment beyond tickets and minimal fines, crime would go up. On the other hand, how harsh should punishment be for petty theft or drug use? Voters erred on the side of hope and second chances.

This week, USA Today reported that nearly 200,000 felony charges in Caliornia were resentenced to misdemeanors via Prop 47, enabling a whole new world of opportunity for jobs, housing, welfare benefits and more for now former felons. In Ventura County, 6,222 felonies of 10,870 petitions were resentenced. Conversely, petty theft crime in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction went up from 1,793 in 2014 to 1,865 in 2015. Though there was a 4 percent rise in pretty thefts last year, there were actually more petty thefts in 2013 at 1,967, which makes any link in increased crime link to the passage of Prop 47 pretty fuzzy.