Friday, August 11, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CDCR NEWS

The Bakersfield Californian

Robert Barton, a former Kern County deputy district attorney who now lives in Rancho Cordova, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings, the governor's office said Thursday.

Barton, 55, has served as inspector general of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2011, where he was senior assistant inspector general from 2005 to 2011. He was supervising deputy district attorney at the Kern County District Attorney’s office from 2000 to 2005, where he served as a deputy district attorney from 1988 to 2000.

DEATH PENALTY

Clyde Hughes, Newsmax

Scott Peterson, speaking from death row for the first time in more than 10 years, said he "had no idea" he would actually be convicted for murdering his wife Laci and unborn child. He still proclaims his innocence.

Peterson's comments came in a prison call between Peterson, now 44, and his sister-in-law Janey, which will be part of a six-episode series on the case that will air on A&E starting Tuesday, People magazine reported.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

BREAKING: Todd Graham, convicted of the murder and robbery of 84-year-old Audrey Hignight outside a local market, is now 68 years old.
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SOLANO COUNTY, CA -- The state Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday approved the release of a convicted murderer whose elderly victim in Fairfield died a week after she was assaulted in 1988, Solano County prosecutors said Thursday. Todd Graham robbed and assaulted Audrey Hignight, 84, outside a Fairfield market on May 8, 1988. Witnesses said Graham kicked and punched Hignight as he was trying to get her purse and left her laying on the ground, according to the district attorney's office.

A man and his son who saw the assault chased Graham and with the help of another witness detained him until police arrived, prosecutors said.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Jayme Lawrence, KHTS Radio

Prop 47 and Prop 57 concerns have led to a discussion on public safety and potential improvements by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced she’s introducing a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, at the August 15 board meeting, which will establish a Blue-Ribbon Commission on Public Safety to explore innovative solutions to criminal justice challenges resulting from statewide reforms, according to officials.

The motion builds on a previous motion unanimously approved by the board February 21, 2017, which was also by Supervisors Barger and Hahn.

OPINION

Ryan Flaco Rising, San Bernardino County Sun

I still remember the day I was released from prison. After serving seven years at California State Prison-Sacramento, I was told that, finally, my time had come. As I stood on the precipice of freedom and redemption, with just one final electronic gate separating me from the outside world, a loud voice over the prison’s intercom system announced that I had served my debt to society and that I was free to go.

Little did I know that on the outside my past would follow me everywhere I went, and I’d continue to be punished over and over and over again.