Monday, July 31, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions on where they could live was seen as a way to increase housing options and allow law enforcement to better track them.

Sex offenders must register with the state and provide new addresses when they move. Those who are homeless are less apt to keep their locations updated and more likely to commit new crimes.

The California Supreme Court and state lawmakers say current state law fails to follow recent rulings by the United States limiting life sentences for teenagers convicted of murder.
Don Thompson, The  Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leif Taylor was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole not once, but twice, for killing a man while stealing a bicycle when he was 16.

His first sentence was overturned when an appeals court ruled that his confession to fatally shooting William Shadden in 1993 was coerced by investigators. But he was resentenced to the same no-parole term after civil rights attorneys say the courts ignored his youth and difficult childhood.


Natalie Tarangioli, KERO News

DELANO, Calif. - An North Kern State Prison inmate was murdered by another inmate on July 20, according to the coroner's office.

Allen Fagerson from Kingman was found with stab wounds in his jail cell just before 9:30 a.m. The coroner's office said Fagerson, 56, died shortly after he was found.


Ted Gest, Crime Report

A panel of California officials from across the criminal justice system agreed that the state’s nearly six-year-old “realignment” of inmates has led to a long list of improvements for crime victims and lawbreakers alike.

The officials spoke yesterday at the opening session of the National Forum on Criminal Justice, which is being held this week in Long Beach, Ca. The event is attended mostly by state criminal justice leaders from around the U.S. and is sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association, the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the IJIS Institute.


Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED

San Francisco-based visual artist Amy M. Ho builds installations that explore the psychology of space. Her work asks: How does a built environment make a person feel, both physically and emotionally?

The installations often start as models of real or imagined spaces. Rendered in white paper, rooms, tables and chairs become ghostly. Light slants through open doorways, but also through the doors themselves, revealing their material nature. Ho photographs the models and projects those images into existing or specially made architectural spaces, rendering the once small-scale paper constructions eerily life-sized (or larger).

In her ongoing series Spaces From Yesterday, Ho collaborates with incarcerated artists from San Quentin State Prison — where she has worked with the William James Association since 2012 — to recreate inmates’ memories of specific places. In each iteration of the project, which Ho purposefully identifies as a two-person show, her collaborator’s illustration of the same space hangs alongside Ho’s installation.


Dana Littlefield, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Mexican Mafia, God, family — in that order. That’s how one expert described the power and influence the notorious prison gang, also known as “La Eme,” holds over people in prison or county jail, as well as those on the outside.

In a 2007 article published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, writer Tony Rafael — who spent years researching the Mexican Mafia — explained in an interview how the gang’s leaders give orders to members of Hispanic or Latino street gangs that could include harassing, assaulting or killing others on its behalf.


Anne Marie Schubert, The Sacramento Bee

Last November Californians voted for Proposition 57 with the promise that “nonviolent” inmates who “turn their lives around” in prison could earn early parole if they demonstrate they no longer pose a danger to the public.

Voters undoubtedly supported this proposition because they want their justice system to reflect both measurable accountability and the opportunity for meaningful rehabilitation. As Sacramento County district attorney, I support that concept wholeheartedly.