June 23, 1987 |
Juan Corona was denied parole today after a state board reviewed a psychiatric report that said the convicted mass murderer would be "extremely dangerous" outside the confines of prison. Corona is serving 25 concurrent life sentences in connection with the hacking deaths of 25 seasonal farm workers 16 years ago. The ruling by the state Board of Prison Terms came after a three-hour hearing in which Corona was twice admonished for not speaking more on his own behalf.
November 20, 2003
Re "Panel Calls Prison Policies Costly Failure," Nov. 14: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a great opportunity to make huge savings in our prison system because he does not owe anything to the correctional officers union. Our prisons and parole boards seem to do everything to keep the prison population growing. Not mentioned are the millions of dollars of savings that the new governor can achieve by approving the releases of hundreds of prisoners that the Board of Prison Terms has recommended but which were vetoed by former Gov. Gray Davis.
December 17, 1985 |
The state Board of Prison Terms announced today that it will give convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan, the killer of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, another chance to bid for his freedom, as early as next March. Gilbert Saucedo, board executive officer, said the nine-member board decided to grant Sirhan a hearing following an administrative appeal by his lawyer.
December 15, 2003
Re "Backward Parole Policies," editorial, Dec. 10: Although Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he intended to let the Board of Prison Terms do its job, a telephone call to the board revealed that of the eight cases our new governor had reviewed since he took office, he upheld only two release dates (those for Rosario Munoz and Fred Ray Nesbit). The governor has reversed the board's recommendation for release in five cases, and sent one case back for an en banc hearing. This is a better record than what you accurately call former Gov. Gray Davis' "knee-jerk vetoes of nearly all parole board decisions," but hardly letting the board "do its job."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2001
Re "Angry Lawmakers Ax Parole Board Budget," April 23: Congratulations to state Sens. John Burton and Richard Polanco for their political courage in trying to force the Board of Prison Terms to follow the law in granting paroles to deserving prisoners. Every prisoner who merits parole and is not released is costing the taxpayers over $25,000 a year. With education severely underfunded we cannot continue to divert huge sums to keeping people in prison when the law states a release date must be set unless the prisoner remains a danger to society.
April 30, 1999 |
The state Board of Prison Terms has advised Gov. Gray Davis to deny death row inmate Manuel Babbitt's petition for clemency, the Associated Press learned Thursday. Davis received the board's confidential recommendation Monday and is reviewing it as he decides whether to grant Babbitt clemency. Following a long-standing custom, neither Davis nor the board intends to make the report public. However, a copy of the board's letter was obtained by Associated Press.