Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Should a convicted killer get a shot at parole? Two California sisters say absolutely not. But what if the man – their stepfather -- maintains he is innocent?
Tracy Smith, Forty Eight Hours CBS News

“Our mother was feisty—incredibly vibrant,” Jeanette Marine said of her mother, Phonthip Ott.

“She was spunky. She was fun. She was that fun mom,” added sister Tippy Dhaliwal.

“Our grandparents picked us up to visit for the day. And when we returned home from the visit and we walked inside and she’s not there,” said Tippy, who was 14 at the time. Her sister was 10.

“….we weren’t even been fully in the house when Tippy, she grabs my hand and she says, ‘Something’s not right,’” said Jeanette.

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

California lawmakers will once again consider whether to increase penalties for sex offenders who willfully remove or disable their GPS trackers.

A bill reintroduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) would make it a felony for a person to tamper with any monitoring device affixed as a condition of parole, community supervision or probation. The crime would be punishable by 16 months or two or three years in state prison.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Ed Leefeldt, CBS News

Charles Manson is sick and may be dying. After a trip to the hospital and back to prison, one of America’s most famous murderers may finally be arriving at his end -- nearly 46 years after California had sentenced him to death. Apparently, Manson is too old and sick for any lifesaving surgery.

That means the state’s taxpayers may soon finally stop paying to keep him alive -- a tab that has easily already exceeded $2 million. Of course, owing to the amorphous nature of the actual costs of incarcerating a single prisoner, the total expense California has incurred for Manson may never be accurately tallied.

The Washington Post

After a lengthy legal battle, a California transgender woman became the first inmate in the United States to receive a government-funded gender-reassignment surgery.

Convicted murderer Shiloh Quine, who is serving a life sentence for her role in a deadly 1980 incident in Los Angeles, is currently recovering from the surgery, according to the Transgender Law Center, which represented Quine in a federal civil rights lawsuit against California prison officials.

Advocates say it’s a significant step that sets a precedent in recognizing transgender people’s constitutional rights behind bars, particularly on issues of medical treatment. But they also caution that the fight for transgender rights in prisons is far from over.

OPINION

Christian Farley, The Fresno Bee

California has increased spending for prisons by the billions, since 1970. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has focused immensely on corrections and has failed to rehabilitate prisoners to be functioning members of society.

Due to the lack of investment in rehabilitation, prisons have grown and expanded with recidivism rates reaching national highs of 65 percent. This daunting return rate within three years of an individual’s release calls for better rehabilitation, especially given the fact that 95 percent of individuals will eventually be released.