Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips



CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

Heeding pleas from Turkish-American groups and the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed parole for an Armenian-American who murdered Turkey’s consul general in Los Angeles in 1982.

Hampig “Harry” Sassounian was 19 when he and a companion, who has never been caught, shot and killed Kemal Arikan as the consul sat in his car at an intersection in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. A group called the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide, to which Sassounian reportedly belonged, called a news service shortly afterward and claimed responsibility for the shooting, and other killings of Turkish diplomats, “to demand justice for genocidal crime in Turkey in 1915.”

DEATH PENALTY

Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that gives prison authorities responsibility for establishing procedures for lethal injection executions.

After voters passed a plan in November intended to speed up executions, the ACLU of Northern California challenged a state law that gave California’s corrections department wide authority to establish an execution protocol.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Ananda Rochita, abc News 10

Folsom Women's Prison is the first women's prison in California that will perform Shakespeare on stage.

They'll be performing, "The Taming of the Shrew."
Tamsyn Jones is the lead and an inmate.

"It's definitely taught me that I'm able to come out of my shell a lot more," Jones said. "It's taught me what I have inside of me that I never knew was there."

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Terry Gross, KRCB

Susan Burton knows just how hard it is to get back on track after being released from prison. It's an experience she lived through six times, once for each of the prison terms she served.

"One of the things about incarceration is that you're deprived. You lose all of your identity and then its given back one day and you're ill-equipped to actually embrace it and work it," Burton says. "Each time I left prison I left with the resolve to get my life together, to get a job, to get back on track. And each time the task became more and more and more daunting."

East County Today

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff conducted a multi-agency compliance operation on May 11, 2017. The operation targeted registered sex offenders living in East Contra Costa County.

The goal of the operation was to arrest out-of-compliance registrants and contact high-risk registrants and those on probation or parole.

Sarah Le, Epoch Times

LOS ANGELES—Crime has been going up in California, and some members of law enforcement and their support organizations are blaming a series of changes to California’s criminal justice system in recent years.

Violent crime in California increased 10 percent and property crime increased 8.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the California Office of the Attorney General. In Los Angeles, violent crime increased three years in a row, rising 69.5 percent since 2013, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

“Our city has experienced a steady crime increase in almost all categories,” said LAPD Sergeant Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, in a press release.