Friday, April 14, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

Jazmine Ulloa, The Los Angeles Times

California state regulators have given their initial approval to a new set of guidelines that expand the credits inmates can earn for demonstrating good behavior and completing rehabilitation programs behind bars.

The regulations are the first step to overhauling the prison parole system under the widely debated Proposition 57, which is expected to cut the statewide prison population by 9,500 inmates over the next four years.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Aja Seldon, Clemence Robineau, and Jeff Pierce, KRON 4

VACAVILLE (KRON)– Inmates at Solano State Prison put their talents to the test during a performance of Shakespeare’s King John for visitors and fellow inmates.

The performers were from the prison’s level three unit, and most were serving life sentences.

“I’ve been in prison since I was nineteen years old. I’ve never had a job, and I’ve never done nothing like this as a team like this so this gives me an opportunity to work with other people,” said Joseph Jackson.

Helen Christophi, Courthouse News

SAN DIEGO (CN) – A California appeals court dealt a blow Thursday to a Native American prison inmate who petitioned for the right to use pure tobacco during religious ceremonies.

A three-judge panel for California’s Fourth Appellate Division found that Imperial County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cota improperly ruled in favor of inmate Gregory Rhoades. Cota should have held an evidentiary hearing before handing down his decision, the panel concluded.

Sending the case back to Cota, the panel ordered him to hold a hearing so that both Rhoades and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation can present factual evidence to support their positions. After the hearing, Cota will need to issue another ruling.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Dom Pruett, The Reporter News

A Vallejo man convicted of breaking into the residence of the estranged mother of his children and sexually assaulting her was denied parole Tuesday.

Matthew P. Cortez, 37, was convicted of sexual penetration by a foreign object with force and violence during the commission of a burglary. He entered a plea to the charges before trial, receiving a sentence of 15 years to life, according to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.