Friday, July 28, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Critics say California law doesn't follow recent US, CA supreme court rulings
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leif Taylor was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole not once, but twice, for killing a man in Southern California while stealing a bicycle when he was 16.

His first sentence was overturned when an appeals court ruled that his confession to fatally shooting William Shadden in 1993 was coerced by investigators. But he was resentenced to the same no-parole term after civil rights attorneys say the courts ignored his youth and difficult childhood.

Doug Saunders, San Bernardino County Sun

Thirteen people were jailed Wednesday during a probation compliance operation in Rialto, Bloomington and Fontana.

Law Enforcement conducted more than 130 searches and served 14 warrants at homes of people on probation and parole, according to a San Bernardino County Probation news release.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is searching for a 55-year-old man who walked away from a Stockton residence where he had been assigned in an alternative custody program.

Patrick Flynn was committed to a three-year sentence from San Joaquin County for grand theft, according to a department news release. He was accepted into the alternative custody program July 3. The voluntary program was developed to allow eligible offenders to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community rather than state prison.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

Hector Gonzalez, Moorpark Acorn

New state funding will provide training in computer coding and building maintenance for incarcerated teens and young adults at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, officials announced last week.

The California Prison Industry Authority approved $12 million on June 29 to expand career and technical education programs to the state’s inmates. The funding was included in the state Prison Industry Authority’s $237-million budget for 2017-18, said Michele Kane, chief of external affairs for CalPIA.

Nicholas Quah, Vulture

There’s a story in Ear Hustle’s third episode that encapsulates much of what makes the podcast utterly fascinating. The man who tells it is a character you might find in just about any environment that packs different people into the same place over an extended period of time: high schools, offices, summer camps, the many milieus of Richard Linklater movies. But in this case, the environment in question is San Quentin, a California state prison located just north of San Francisco. The man’s name is Rauch, and he’s described as an animal lover who is often found barefoot and sketching in a part of the prison yard called Hippie Row. He speaks slowly, as if in a daydream. The story he tells is about a frog.

“Everywhere I moved in the cell, it would move somewhere to watch me,” Rauch explains. “I would move over here and get out of view, and he’d come up to look at me. I think he was letting me know that, ‘You know what? You go to sleep, and I’m gonna pee on you, dude.’ So I ended up letting him go.”

OPINION

Steven Hawkins, Washington Examiner

Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to see the full potential in a situation.

When married business partners Beverly Parenti and Chris Redlitz researched America's criminal justice system, they were appalled by the statistics they discovered: An overall $48 billion budget for state and federal prisons, a recidivism rate of more than 60 percent, and a 700 percent increase in prison population over the last four decades.

Their interest in the topic had begun after a lecture Redlitz gave at San Quentin in 2012. Although the inmates' attentiveness and eagerness revealed great potential, more likely than not, this potential would have been wasted upon release, and many of the men would eventually re-offend after release for lack of opportunity to better themselves. As Redlitz puts it, "You don't have to be a professional investor to realize [our current system] is a bad investment for taxpayers."