Friday, June 9, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee

At Folsom State Prison, old bikes are given an unexpected second life.

Just in time for summer vacation, dozens of underprivileged students across El Dorado County are receiving newly refurbished bicycles, courtesy of inmate Mauricio Argueta, who has put thousands of hours into the prison’s bike repair shop.

“It’s really hard because it’s just me doing it,” said Argueta, who spends about 60 hours a week fixing hundreds of bicycles each year. “It’s a little tough, but I love doing this and it’s a good experience.”

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: I know there are over 700 people on death row in California. What is the number of people in (prison) for life with no parole?

Jim Strachan, Vacaville

A: The most recent prison census data available online from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are for the prison population as of Dec. 31, 2013.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

David Hernandez, The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Union-Tribune profiles a wanted suspect each week in an effort to make our community safer. We partner with Crime Stoppers and local law enforcement to proļ¬le known fugitives as well as draw attention to unsolved crimes. This week’s wanted suspect:
Bobby Luca, 54

Wanted: Luca is wanted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for violating the terms and conditions of his parole. He is on parole for failing to register as a sex offender. He previously was convicted of making criminal threats and assault. Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous.

Dom Pruett, Times-Herald

A Fairfield man charged with murder in the October gunshot slaying of a San Francisco man made a brief appearance Wednesday in Solano County Superior Court, where his July preliminary hearing date was vacated.

Vashawn L. Davis, 24, is the alleged gunman in the fatal shooting that left 26-year-old Jonathan Cottonham Jr. dead. The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Alaska Avenue.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Rina Palta, KPCC

Nearly $36 million will flow into L.A. County to fight recidivism over the next few years—money all saved by sending fewer people to prison for drug and property crimes.

California voters passed Proposition 47 in 2014,  downgrading many drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, meaning offenders would no longer go to state prison. The authors of the initiative promised that it would yield savings from the state an that the money would be reinvested in programs designed to cut recidivism and prevent entry to the criminal justice system.

OPINION

The Times Editorial Board

California voters faced a binary choice in November’s election over the state’s death penalty system. Proposition 62 aimed to end capital punishment and convert all existing death sentences to life in prison without parole. Proposition 66, on the other hand, sought to speed up the system so that more people could be executed faster.

Both campaigns acknowledged that the state’s death penalty system is dysfunctional. Thanks to underfunding and legal challenges to the system, no one has been executed in a decade, even as the death row population has grown to 747 people. In fact, only 13 people have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in California in 1978.

Monterey County Herald

The California Supreme Court has to strike down key elements of Proposition 66 if it wants to ensure that justice prevails on death penalty cases.

That became clear Tuesday when the justices heard arguments on the legality of the proposition, which voters narrowly passed last fall to more quickly kill criminals who are sentenced to death.

The late John Van de Kamp, a former state attorney general, and Ron Briggs mounted the legal challenge, arguing that the proposition does not give people sentenced to die a fair chance to mount proper appeals. They’re right.