Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Nick Cahill, Courthouse News Service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – With the support of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and voters, California is preparing to overhaul decades-old determinate-sentencing laws and make thousands of nonviolent inmates eligible for early parole.

In hopes of freeing up space inside its notoriously overcrowded prisons, this summer the state’s parole board will begin considering the early release of individuals convicted of crimes considered nonviolent by the state. Brown’s sweeping criminal justice reforms, approved overwhelmingly by voters in November 2016, amended the state’s constitution despite stiff opposition from law enforcement agencies and district attorneys.

Shooting at Lindhurst HS killed 4, injured 10
Mike Luery, KCRA 3 News

OLIVEHURST, Calif. (KCRA) — It was one of the worst shooting sprees in the U.S. at the time -- a deadly attack at a Yuba County high school that claimed the lives of a teacher and three students.

On the 25th anniversary, survivors of the attack on Lindhurst High School spoke about the eight hours of terror they endured.

Lindhurst High teacher Robert Ledford was on campus May 1, 1992, when gunman and high school dropout Eric Houston stormed into the school with a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Hannah Ray Lambert, KSBY San Luis Obispo News

The San Luis Obispo County Women’s Honor Farm has been working hard, crafting dozens of teddy bears for the Get on the Bus program.

Get on the Bus provides free transportation for children to visit their parents in prison. When the visit is over, a teddy bear is waiting on the bus so the kids can remember their special day.

“Some of them have not visited their father for one year, five years, 10 years. So that visit’s special as it is,” Get on the Bus regional coordinator Mary Thielscher said. “To leave with a gift from your father … many of them have never gotten anything from their father … so it’s really heartwarming and special.”

Nick Gerda, Voice Of OC

Orange County supervisors blocked a crime data report from being sent to state officials, claiming much of it is based on a misleading statistical standard used by Sacramento to shift prisoner parole and probation responsibilities to counties.

As it has in past years, a county panel led by Chief Probation Officer Steve Sentman prepared the annual report on Orange County’s efforts to prevent people convicted of crimes from re-offending. The report included statistics about the portion of released prisoners who re-offend each year, known as recidivism, and showed an overall drop in re-offending in recent years.