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A stark reminder that death penalty system is broken

Published on May 4, 2014, in Corrections.

We had two horrific reminders last week why California’s death penalty system – the largest and most expensive in the country – is broken beyond repair. First, we heard new evidence that hundreds of innocent people have been sentenced to death in the United States. Then we saw political interference with the judicial system produce



Brown: Alternatives to prison a priority

Published on May 3, 2014, in Corrections, Realignment.

During a visit Friday to Orange County, Gov. Jerry Brown offered no apologies for complaints of increased crime and jail violence in the wake of 2011’s prison realignment, which resulted in thousands of nonviolent offenders being housed in local jails rather than state prisons. “The U.S. Supreme Court ordered us to release thousands of prisoners,”



Arts in Corrections to return to California prisons with $1 million

Published on May 2, 2014, in Corrections.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will announce Friday it plans to spend $1 million to restore arts programing for prisoners. The funding will bring back the Arts in Corrections program, the demise of which KPCC reported on in January, along with makeshift programs that have popped up to try to fill in some



Man wanted for attempted murder of forest service agent arrested in Eureka

Published on May 1, 2014, in Parolee News.

Today, at approximately 7 a.m., a Parole Search and Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant were served at the 2500 block of Garland Street, Eureka. United States Marshals, United States Drug Enforcement Agents, California Highway Patrol (C.H.P.) Officers, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and California State Parole conducted the search. Officers in Trinity



Assembly rejects bills to put parolee supervision back on state

Published on April 29, 2014, in Corrections.

California lawmakers rejected proposals Tuesday to give state parole officers greater authority over released inmates now being watched by counties, legislation aimed at relieving probation departments that say they are ill prepared for their new caseload. The bills in the Assembly Public Safety Committee responded to a 2011 law that gave counties responsibility to supervise



Realignment the topic du jour at PPIC roundtable

Published on April 28, 2014, in Realignment.

California has undergone some dramatic changes in the crime and punishment sector since its prison population began receiving scrutiny from federal courts. The primary example of this is Realignment, a complex shift in responsibility that put more control and responsibility in the hands of counties. The years since this change have been something of a



Police Arrest At-Large Parolee Convicted of Sodomizing Infants

Published on April 28, 2014, in Parolee News.

The Fresno man convicted of sodomizing two infants who was at large this weekend has been arrested by Fresno police. The California Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Lawson on April 16. He was released on GPS-monitored parole, but it is believed that Lawson cut off his GPS tracking ankle bracelet. Brandon McMillan in



State counts empty medical beds to cut prison crowding

Published on April 28, 2014, in Corrections.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration states that California has already met a court-ordered limit on the state prison population, but inmate lawyers argue that is because the state is counting a half-filled medical prison closed to new admissions. A panel of three federal judges gave California until June 30 to reduce crowding to a statewide average



Bell, Calif. city manager gets 12 years prison for $6 million corruption scheme

Published on April 16, 2014, in Public Employee.

The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo apologized during sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, telling Judge Kathleen Kennedy he breached the public’s confidence. “It is



ALERT SAN DIEGO – CrimeFighters Manhunt: Lucas Saiz

Published on April 11, 2014, in Parolee News.

The CBS News 8 CrimeFighters are helping authorities in a manhunt for a fugitive who continues to evade authorities. Lucas Saiz, 32, is wanted by the California State Parole Agents for violating the terms of his release. He has a criminal history of robbery, multiple burglaries, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a