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March 23, 1994 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chief legal counsel for the state Board of Prison Terms, David Brown, has been arrested on a felony charge of stalking his former girlfriend, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. A 32-year state civil servant, Brown, 57, who is out of jail on $25,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court this week. The possible penalty for a felony stalking conviction is two to five years in state prison.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2005 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court decided Monday to limit sharply the ability of inmates to challenge parole denials, ruling that the parole board has the right to keep a convict in prison simply because of the nature of the crime that sent him there. The state Board of Prison Terms, which has a history of seldom granting parole, has wide flexibility to deny release to convicted criminals even if they have been model inmates deemed not dangerous by mental health officials, the 4-3 decision said.
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NEWS
October 20, 1985
A new state legal unit has been created to deal with the increasing number of jailhouse lawyers. The Correctional Law Section will represent the Department of Corrections, Board of Prison Terms and the California Youth Authority and their employees in lawsuits filed by prisoners who claim their rights have been violated or that they have been illegally imprisoned.
OPINION
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."
NEWS
June 23, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
December 17, 1985 | United Press International
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.
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.
NEWS
April 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
December 6, 1986 | Associated Press
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
June 9, 2002
Re "State Must Reexamine Manson Follower," June 4: So Superior Court Judge Bob N. Krug needs the state Board of Prison Terms to be more specific about the reasons for denying convicted murderer Leslie Van Houten parole, stating that it wasn't enough merely to claim that she was unsuitable for release because of the gravity of the crime. Try telling that to Rosemary LaBianca's family. I wasn't aware that there had to be any further reason to keep people behind bars other than for the simple fact that they broke the law. We have this sick notion in our society these days that prison is for rehabilitation.
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.
NEWS
March 10, 2000 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dealing a rare setback to a governor used to getting his way, a powerful state senator is blocking Gray Davis' attempt to reappoint the controversial chairman of the state Board of Prison Terms. Democrat John Burton of San Francisco, the Senate's president pro tem, says he won't "validate the leadership" of James W. Nielsen by clearing him for a new four-year term as head of the state parole board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 55-year-old homeless man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in prison for strangling his girlfriend and leaving her battered body on the steps of a Ventura elementary school. While handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge Vincent J. O'Neill Jr. told defendant Jose Garcia that he wished he could wipe out any possibility of parole given the long line of women Garcia has beaten over the last 30 years. "That's not my job, though," the judge said.
NEWS
April 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1994
The brief Associated Press story about the denial of parole to Sirhan Sirhan on Dec. 1 (Dec. 2), leaves out the most interesting events at the parole hearing, which was broadcast live by Court TV. As Sirhan's attorney, I pointed out some important facts about the evidence. According to the Robert Kennedy autopsy report, the assassination weapon's muzzle was one inch away from Kennedy's fatal head wound. At trial, the coroner testified that the gun was somewhere between being in actual physical contact with Kennedy and being one inch away from him as to the other two wounds he suffered.
NEWS
March 23, 1994 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chief legal counsel for the state Board of Prison Terms, David Brown, has been arrested on a felony charge of stalking his former girlfriend, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. A 32-year state civil servant, Brown, 57, who is out of jail on $25,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court this week. The possible penalty for a felony stalking conviction is two to five years in state prison.
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