Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Trent Clark, HipHop DX

San Francisco, CA – Whether it’s making it rain in tuition money or delivering lyrical parables that mold a young audience’s mind, J. Cole has undoubtedly positioned himself to be a generational figure of civility in the current Hip Hop climate.

That semblance of character was recently enforced when Cole and several other Dreamville residents visited San Quentin State Prison in San Francisco to offer up a bit of humanity to the inmates.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

The court order that gave Jeff Schmeling his job back at San Quentin State Prison came too late for the veteran correctional officer.

He’d been dead for two years by the time a judge ruled in his favor, holding that state officials inappropriately fired him over a missed medical test.

The waiting continues for his widow.

Michelle Hanisee, Crime Report

Politics will never exist without spin doctors. Yet, as cynical as our political system has become, recent California ballot measures sold to the public as “public safety” measures have gone beyond the pale.

Nearly every soft-on-crime law enacted in the last half decade included the words “safe” or “safety” in the description. No two better examples exist than Propositions 47 and 57.

OPINION

Times of San Diego

In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 57, also known as “the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative,” by an overwhelming margin of 64 percent to 36 percent.

Among a number of other provisions, Proposition 57’s main objective was to increase parole chances for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and provide them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior.

As a voter myself, I opposed this initiative for several reasons — mainly, I was worried that it was poorly written and would create opportunities for those committed of more vicious crimes to receive an early release. I also had concerns about the effects of Proposition 57 in combination with AB 109 and Proposition 47, additional criminal justice reforms that I believe have eroded public safety.

Taina Vargas-Edmond and Richard Edmond Vargas, The Sacramento Bee

Legrante Ellis is 13 years into a 25-years-to-life sentence for credit card fraud in the amount of $442.61. Arthur Johnson, a 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran, has served more than 21 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for residential burglary. Robert Brown, 57, has been incarcerated for 18 years for having a knife he was using as a mechanic.

These men were sentenced under California’s three-strikes law, which mandates 25 years to life for a third felony, including nonviolent ones. Proposition 36, passed in 2012, offered some relief to third-strikers convicted of nonviolent offenses, but more than 2,700 remain in prison.