Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Bobby Lee, Daily Californian

On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments over whether a voter-approved initiative passed last November to speed up the death penalty process is constitutional.

Proposition 66, a ballot initiative titled “Death Penalty Procedures Initiatives Statutes,” expedites the death penalty process by setting a five-year deadline for death penalty appeals to be heard.

Elisabeth Semel, a professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law and director of Boalt’s Death Penalty Clinic, said she does not believe the initiative is a good solution for dealing with the backlog of death row appeals the state supreme court has yet to hear. Semel said it takes an average of 15 years for a direct death row appeal to be decided by the California Supreme Court.


Arts in Corrections:  Building Bridges to the Future: Event will run from June 26 to 30, 2017 at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
Mike Mena, California Lawyer for the Arts, via EIN Presswire

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, June 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- - California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) in conjunction with the William James Association will present a national conference entitled: Arts in Corrections: Building Bridges to the Future. The conference will take place at Loyola Marymount University located at: 1 Loyola Marymount Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The event will commence on Monday, June 26 and will run through Friday, June 30. A full list of events can be found at: calawyersforthearts.org.

CLA's collaborative advocacy with the William James Association to restore arts programs in correctional institutions began in 2011, after a 10-year drought in state funding for arts programs in prisons. As the result of their demonstration project in four state prisons, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation provided the California Arts Council with a 2.5 million contract for arts programs for a two-year pilot project in up to 19 state prisons in 2014. The CDCR investment in the arts as a rehabilitation strategy has since grown to $8 million/year in all 38 state prisons for the next fiscal year, 2017-18.

Formerly Incarcerated Ms. Burton, dubbed the Modern Day Harriett Tubman, Comes to the California Endowment on June 12 to sign her memoir, "Becoming Ms.Burton"
Marie Lemelle, Platinum Star PR, via EIN Presswire

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, June 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In California, there are three state prisons housing women - Folsom Women’s Facility under the administration of Folsom State Prison; California Institution for Women in Corona; and Central California Women's Facility, the largest female institution in the state, located in Chowchilla. According to the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's weekly population report as of midnight June 7, 2017, the three prisons, with a combined female population of 5,264, are over capacity by 138.3%.

To raise the awareness about the injustices suffered by formerly incarcerated women and change the narrative, Ms. Susan Burton, author of her memoir, "Becoming Ms Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women," comes to The California Endowment today for a candid discussion and a book signing. "My intent for writing about my life is to elevate the conversation about the mass incarceration of women," said Ms. Burton. "I want to increase opportunity and create solutions."


Dee Emmert and Daniel Silva, The Sacramento Bee

When California voters passed Proposition 47 in 2014, they made it clear what they wanted – a criminal justice system that focuses on meaningful alternatives to incarceration with ample resources for rehabilitation and preventive services to help keep people out of jail in the first place.

This month, our Board of Supervisors has the opportunity to make this vision a reality in Sacramento County. Whether they succeed depends on the priorities they set in the county’s budget, with hearings starting Tuesday.

Thomas D. Elias, Long Beach Press Telegram

Words matter, we often hear in these days of a president notorious for loose verbiage.

They also matter in the California Penal Code, where the label “violent” is not applied to many crimes most people with common sense would unquestionably define as violent. Some examples: assault with a deadly weapon, soliciting murder, elder and child abuse, arson, human trafficking, plus some forms of rape and forced sodomy.

That word “violent,” or in this case “non-violent,” matters more than ever since last year’s passage of Proposition 57, a pet project of Gov. Jerry Brown.