Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Julissa Zavala, Hanford Sentinel

CORCORAN — Corcoran property owners are one step closer to deciding if they are willing to foot the bill for the recently-raised levee that protects the city in the event of a flood.

The Cross Creek Flood Control District sent out ballots July 11 asking owners to decide on a $10 million funding plan that will put them on the hook for the levee-raising project completed earlier this year.

But first, whether or not a vote could even take place had to be approved by the Kings County Board of Supervisors.

Recorded in the historic San Quentin State Prison, the new Ear Hustle podcast paints a human image of life in lockup.
Patrick Strickland, Aljazeera

A bunk bed with mattresses. A toilet and sink side by side. Two lockers. A television. A handful of permitted appliances. Pictures of family, friends and loved ones pinned up on the walls. Six cubic feet of personal belongings. And two men.

This is the claustrophobic scene inside most of the drab, four-by-nine feet (1.2 metres by 2.7 metres) cells in the infamous San Quentin State Prison, a medium security institution in northern California.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Westside Today

Authorities Tuesday disseminated a photo of an inmate who walked away from a Community Re-entry Program facility in the Los Angeles area.

Damian T. Strong, 32, left the facility on Monday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was sent to state prison from Los Angeles County on May 24, 2016, to serve a 4 1/2-year sentence for attempted carjacking with personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

The Almanac Online

One of two men convicted of murder in a 1987 residential burglary of a Belle Haven apartment in Menlo Park has been denied parole, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Juan Robert Garcia, 60, is currently an inmate at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, where he is serving a sentence of 46 years to life.

A jury in July 1989 found him guilty of first-degree murder, felony attempted robbery, felony assault with a deadly weapon and felony residential burglary.

PROPOSITION 57

Ashleigh Panoo, The Fresno Bee

A man convicted of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon is the first in Fresno to be released from prison as part of Proposition 57’s non-violent parole review, said the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.

Danny Ray Lucero’s release was granted Monday at the board of parole hearings where members said that Lucero “did not pose an unreasonable risk of violence” to society, according to the district attorney’s office.

Ruby Gonzales, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

LOS ANGELES-  Sentencing was delayed for a former Rosemead resident tried as an adult and convicted for fatally stabbing her grandparents when she was 14.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday approved the defense’s request to transfer the case of now 21-year-old Sophia Cristo to juvenile court.

The move is allowable under a law passed in 2016. Under Prop. 57, a juvenile court judge decides whether a minor 14 and older will be tried as an adult. Prior to its passage, prosecutors made that decision.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Orange County Register Editorial Board

California’s cluttered sex offender registry is too large to be effective and must be reformed if it is to be of any use to law enforcement.

One of only four states to require universal lifetime registration for all sex offenders regardless of their offense or risk of re-offending, California now has more than 100,000 people on its sex offender registry. Created in 1947 to help police monitor high-risk offenders, the registry of today lumps together high- and low-risk offenders, making it harder for law enforcement and the public to discern who is truly a threat.

Sarah D. Wire, The Los Angeles Times

Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday there's enough common ground on criminal justice reform that she's optimistic Congress can come together to pass a new plan.

"There's some room for getting legislation passed," the California Democrat, who is a former prosecutor and state attorney general, said after giving opening remarks at a conference on women in prison. "This is something that should not be thought of as even bipartisan; it should be a nonpartisan issue, and I feel optimistic that we can appeal to people across the aisle."

Addressing the nation's overcrowded prisons has been a sticking point in American politics for decades. In recent years, a bipartisan group of senators has worked on a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that would reduce maximum minimum sentencing and increase treatment options, but the group hasn't been able to get it to the floor for a vote. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has pushed for federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest sentences possible, saying it will deter crime.

Sandy Coronilla, ABC News 10

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV)--A police officer was hospitalized after sustaining a head injury during a struggle with a shoplifting suspect Monday morning, according to the El Cajon Police Department.

Police were called after a person was observed shoplifting at the Dollar Tree store on Fletcher Parkway around 11 a.m. 

An officer chased the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Daniel Cook, to the KFC restaurant located at 724 Fletcher Parkway near North Johnson Avenue where he was injured while trying to make an arrest.