Author Archives: Noel Scott

Sistema de Fianza Necesita Reforma

Por Noel Scott El sistema de fianzas que mantiene encarcelados a gente de escasos recursos económicos injustamente, necesita una reforma, de acuerdo a Cantil-Sakauye Tani Jefe de Justicia en California. “No deberíamos penalizar a la gente de escasos recursos económicos únicamente por ser pobres”, comento Cantil-Sakauye en su discurso anual dirigido a la Legislatura de […]

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California Bail System Penalizes the Poor

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer The bail system that unfairly keeps poor people locked up needs reform, according to California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.   “We must not penalize the poor for being poor,” Cantil-Sakauye said in her annual State of the Judiciary address to the California Legislature. This follows the dismissal of a […]

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Soledad’s Medical Operations Return Back to CDCR

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer Medical operations at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad were turned over again to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) by J. Clark Kelso, the federal receiver, reports the Correctional News. It’s only the second prison (after Folsom) to receive a passing grade from the state inspector […]

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Exonerated After 34 Years With No Compensation

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer After 34 years of imprisonment, Lewis Jim Fogle was exonerated in Pennsylvania by DNA evidence. His compensation for spending more than half his life behind bars: zero. “It’s the state’s responsibility to make it right with me for what they cost me. They took my family away from me. […]

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Beverly Parenti Awarded for Her Work With SQ Inmates

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer Providing inmates with valuable skills that they can utilize for employment once out of prison became a priority for Beverly Parenti and her husband, Chris Redlitz, after a visit to San Quentin State Prison five years ago. “Our mission is to provide marketable skills that will result in gainful […]

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CDCR’s New Secretary Plans Rehabilitative Efforts

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer California’s new prison boss says he plans major changes to boost rehabilitation efforts and cut back on inmate abuses. Scott Kernan said altering the prison culture is his top priority as the new secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, The Associated Press reported on Feb. 10. […]

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Court of Appeals Upholds Prop. 89

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer Two ballot propositions that make it harder for prisoners convicted of murder to get parole have been upheld on appeal. The Feb. 22 ruling reverses findings by the late U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton. He ruled the propositions unfairly created stricter parole standards for inmates previously sentenced. The […]

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Fed. Court Ruled in Favor of Giving Bond Hearings for Immigrants

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer Immigrant detainees must now be given bond hearings every six months, a federal appeals court has ruled. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling stemmed from a class-action lawsuit filed by Ahilan Thevanesan Arulanantham, the deputy legal director of the ACLU of Southern California. Some immigrants linger in […]

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Death Row Prisoner Free After 30 Years

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer Glenn Ford was exonerated and released last year after spending 30 years on Louisiana’s Death Row. The man who prosecuted him says he was responsible for the wrongful conviction, according to The Crime Report, Former prosecutor A.M. “Marty” Stroud said in a letter to the Shreveport Times he was […]

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Bill Would Increase Sentencing Discretion

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer Legislation is being proposed to fix inequities in mandatory minimum sentences, a U.S. senator reports. The bill drafted by the Senate Judiciary Committee is called the “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told the Deseret News. The measure would give judges more sentencing discretion. It would […]

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