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California prison guards have good reasons to fear death penalty repeal

Published on November 2, 2016, in Corrections, News.

As correctional peace officers working inside California prisons, we take Proposition 62 very personally, because it directly impacts our safety and the safety of the inmates we oversee. Proposition 62 would repeal California’s death penalty law, putting inmates and correctional officers at serious risk. The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board supports it (“End the illusion: Abolish



Why I’m voting to keep the death penalty alive in California

Published on November 2, 2016, in Corrections, News.

After 30 years as a journalist in California, I’ve come to believe that my industry can unintentionally distort the public’s understanding of the death penalty. I’m not referring to political distortions rife in the state’s initiative process as voters consider two death penalty measures on the Nov. 8 ballot. (A yes on Proposition 62 would



California Supreme Court Rules for Jerry Brown in Prison Case

The California Supreme Court, siding with Gov. Jerry Brown in a major prison case, on Monday overturned a lower court ruling blocking his initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole. In a 6-1 ruling, the court found Brown acted within his discretion when he filed the November ballot initiative as an amendment



Jerry Brown’s crime initiative dealt major blow

Published on February 25, 2016, in Corrections, News.

In a major setback for Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping prison and parole initiative, a judge on Wednesday ruled the measure was improperly filed, barring the state attorney general from issuing ballot language necessary for supporters to start collecting signatures. The initiative, which would make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole, was filed last month



California corrections chief aims to change prison culture

Published on February 10, 2016, in Corrections.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s new corrections chief plans to add training on diversity and leadership for prison employees and to examine what has been effective in other states to change employees’ attitudes as he tries to alter a culture that often pits prison guards against inmates and outsiders. “They (guards) have worked under very difficult



Prison officials looking into death of Shasta County man

Published on February 8, 2016, in Corrections, News.

LANCASTER, Calif. – Officials at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) are investigating the death of an inmate. Inmate Rashell Clarke, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Clarke succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 11:26



Sentencing reform in California: Another “let them out early” proposal?

California is a strange place politically. Many years ago California had a crime known as larceny. The penalty was six months to life in the state slammer. One such prisoner was incarcerated at DVI where I worked. He stole a bicycle from an unlocked garage. He was also an in-your-face jerk. When he came up



Inmate with ’187′ tattooed on chin walks away from community re-entry facility

Published on January 6, 2016, in Corrections, News.

Authorities Wednesday sought the public’s help in locating an inmate who walked away from a Los Angeles community re-entry facility. Louie Iniguez, 24, who was due to be paroled next month, destroyed his GPS device and walked away from the Male Community Re-Entry Program about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Dana Simas of the California Department



Due process, fairness, justice, and the Peace Officer Bill of Rights

Published on January 5, 2016, in Corrections, News.

There has been a major splash in the media recently about the Peace Officer Bill of Rights (POBOR) in California and a black eye for the San Francisco Police Department. I have now been retired for over ten years. I started working for the California Department of Corrections at the tag-end of 1980, just when



GPS Supervision in California: One Technology, Two Contrasting Goals

Published on January 4, 2016, in Corrections, News.

Two NIJ-supported studies with very different results show that GPS technology may be used to help prevent cime in various ways. Using sophisticated technology to control crime generally appeals to both the public and policymakers, because it prompts visions of reduced crime and improved safety… Stephan Gies in