Friday, May 5, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Today

Some inmates in California are taking drama classes through the Prison Project, a program created by a theater group known as The Actors’ Gang. Actor Tim Robbins, known for his role In “Shawshank Redemption,” is the group’s artistic director. He tells NBC’s Joe Fryer that one purpose of the group is to help “find emotions that have been lost” in the inmates, in hopes that the behavior extends to their next act in life.

DEATH PENALTY

Helen Christophi, Courthouse News Service

HAYWARD, Calif. (CN) — ACLU attorneys faced a tough fight Thursday in asking the state judge who dismissed its case challenging California’s execution procedures to reconsider the tentative ruling she issued in March.

Alameda County Court Judge Kimberly Colwell tentatively dismissed the Eighth Amendment lawsuit on March 30 without leave to amend. On Thursday, ACLU attorney Linda Lye told Colwell that the Legislature violated the California Constitution’s separation of powers clause by tasking prison officials with developing an execution protocol, but not providing guidance on how to carry out executions.