Monday, July 17, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Michael Bott, NBC Bay Area

A unique partnership is forming behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison between two groups that typically clash.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has been quietly leading a team of prosecutors into the prison and meeting face to face with the men locked up inside. It’s an effort to humanize the criminal justice system, improve rehabilitation efforts, and push the evolution of criminal prosecutors. No program like it exists in the country.

“I believe that people need to be held accountable, and we certainly do that,” Gascon said. “But I also believe we have to give people an opportunity to come back and be part of our community.”

Jason Kotowski, Bakersfield.Com

The trial of "Austin Powers" actor Joseph Son, who was serving a life term in prison when he killed his cellmate, began this week in Kern County Superior Court.

Son, 46, is charged with assault by a life prisoner with force causing death. It's similar to a murder charge, but more specific to Son's circumstances since he was already serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole at the time of the killing.

Opening statements were presented Thursday, and the trial is expected to last at least to the middle of next week.

PROPOSITION 57

Josh Copitch, KCRA News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On Friday the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will now be accepting public comments on Proposition 57 regulations, which was approved last November.

The Proposition 57 regulations include an increase in credit-earning opportunities for inmate participation in in-prison programs and activities, as well as parole consideration for nonviolent offenders once they have served the full-term of their primary offense.

Claremont Courier

According to the latest city manager’s report, Claremont police officers and staff are frequently asked by concerned residents, “What can I do to address the increased crime attributed to Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57?”

The changes made by these laws have allowed violent and career criminals the opportunity to avoid either jail time or rehabilitative programs, the report says.

In addition, these laws have created a criminal justice system that does not take into account an individual’s criminal history, according to police.

DEATH PENALTY

Sean Emery, Orange County Register

A death sentence for the first woman from Orange County to be sent to death row was reinstated Friday, July 14, by a Federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of appeals determined that Maria del Rosio “Rosie” Alfaro should face capital punishment for stabbing to death 9-year-old Autumn Wallace more than 50 times during a June 15, 1990, burglary in Anaheim.

Alfaro’s death sentence was overturned in 2014 by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who argued that the long waits inmates face on California’s death row constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — During a brief court hearing Friday, prosecutors announced they will not be seeking the death penalty for a prison inmate already serving a life sentence accused of the 2015 killing of his cellmate.

Jesus Perez, 48, is accused of killing Nicholaus A. Rodriguez, 24, who was serving an eight year prison sentence for a robbery in Alameda County.

Perez was convicted of a Los Angeles County murder in 2009.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

John Ross Ferrara, Lost Coast Outpost

A new PBS documentary airing next month will tell the story of Yurok Chief Justice Abby Abinanti, as she works to preserve indigenous customs and beliefs through the tribal justice system.

The movie features Abianti, who became the first Native American woman admitted to the State Bar of California in 1974, and Quechan Tribe Chief Justice Claudette White. The documentary, named “Tribal Justice,” aims to show the struggles and triumphs these strong female leaders face as they work within their communities to overcome poverty and inequality.