Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Sheyanne Romero, Visalia Times-Delta

A high-risk registered sex offender was arrested after failing to comply with parole requirements, Porterville police said.

Officers were told by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that Louie Ramirez, 34 of Porterville, was wanted by agents for failing to meet parole requirements.

Together, officers and US Marshalls responded just after 8 a.m. Tuesday to the 400 block of West Morton Avenue.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Sierra Sun Times

March 21, 2017 - MARIPOSA – A minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) Mount Bullion Conservation Camp (CC #39) in Mariposa County on March 21 has been apprehended.

Inmate Blake Castro, 31, was apprehended at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office after a property owner notified law enforcement of a suspicious person in Catheys Valley. Castro was taken into custody without incident and will be returned to SCC.

DEATH PENALTY

Xavier Alatorre, EL Paisano

Florida Governor Rick Scott removed State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case of an accused cop killer after she announced she would not seek the death penalty in this case or any other case thereafter. Scott has assigned Lake County State Attorney Brad King to the case.

“Earlier today, I called on State Attorney Ayala to immediately recuse herself from this case,” said Scott in a statement. “She informed me this afternoon that she refuses to do that. She has made it clear that she will not fight for justice, and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case.”

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Miriam Hernandez, abc News 7

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's a whole new world for Andrew Wilson.

He was recently released from prison 32 years after a murder conviction that the District Attorney's Office now acknowledges resulted from an unfair trial.

Free now for less than a week, he is still adjusting to life on the outside, tasting new foods and learning how to use a cellphone.

On Tuesday, he visited Loyola Law School, thanking law students and staff at the Project for the Innocent who secured his release.

OPINION

Ana Zamora, The Sacramento Bee

A new Florida State Attorney, Aramis Ayala, made a bold move when she recently announced that capital punishment is “not in the best interest of the community or the best interest of justice,” and vowed not to seek the death penalty in future cases.

In taking this courageous stand, Ayala recognizes that the death penalty is a false promise to victims’ families and the community. She joins other newly elected prosecutors across the nation who are no longer pushing for a policy that is tremendously costly, arbitrarily doled out and risky in its implementation. The death penalty is deeply flawed, and its use and support continue to dwindle nationwide.

California district attorneys should take a cue from their colleague in Florida and review and reconsider their support of this outdated policy.