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.
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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.
December 6, 1986 |
A man convicted of killing two guards during a 1971 San Quentin prison uprising failed to win parole Friday on an earlier murder sentence, squelching his hopes for release next week after 20 years behind bars. The state Board of Prison Terms denied parole for Johnny Spain, who was sentenced to life in prison for a Los Angeles murder and robbery in 1966 when he was 17. The parole might have cleared the way for his release on bail in light of the Sept.