Jamestown, CA — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are investigating the death of an inmate early this morning at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown.
CDCR Officials report the inmate, 47 year old Daniel Gonzales, died of an apparent suicide in his cell. They say Gonzales was alone in his cell at the time of his death.
Gonzales entered the CDCR on April 19, 2007 from Tehama County, California to serve a 10 year and 4 month sentence for Assault with force with great bodily injury.
He was scheduled to parole in November 2014.
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Aus Angst vor einer Zwangsrekrutierung durch Rebellengruppen sind in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo Tausende Kinder auf der Flucht. In dem zentralafrikanischen Krisenland würden immer wieder Kinder entführt und gezwungen, für bewaffnete Gruppen sowie Militärs als Soldaten zu kämpfen, berichtete die Kinderhilfsorganisation World Vision. Deshalb überquerten zahlreiche junge Menschen mittlerweile ohne ihre Familien und ganz auf sich allein gestellt die Grenzen in die Nachbarländer Ruanda und Uganda
“Viele junge Menschen, die hier in den Flüchtlingslagern in Uganda ankommen, sind unter 15 Jahren. Sie wurden von ihren Eltern getrennt und wissen nicht, wie sie überleben sollen”, sagte Stewart Katwikirize von World Vision Uganda. Auch aus Ruanda berichten Hilfsorganisationen von einer zunehmenden Zahl von Kindern, die in den Camps eintreffen. Viele von ihnen seien krank und unterernährt und benötigten dringend medizinische Hilfe…
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Transcript: What Is the Death Penalty?
Hi. I’m Evan Mandery. I’m a professor at John jay College of Criminal Justice and I’m the author of Killing Court, a history of the Supreme Court’s treatment of the Death Penalty in the 1970’s.
Information About the Death Penalty
The Death Penalty is the legal execution of defendant’s for cries they have committed. Either by the state or the federal government.Most commonly the death penalty is used as a punishment for murder. With respect to the federal government it’s stll a potential penalty for acts of terrorism or highjacking, or for say, the attempted assassination of the president. But almost everyone executed in the United States is executed for aggravated murder.
Facts About the Death Penalty
And what aggravated means is that there’s a factor present beyond what’s present in the ordinary case. So, for example, the murder of a police officer might qualify someone for the death penalty or the murder of someone particularly old or young. Or, for a murder that is committed in an especially heinous manner.
More Facts About the Death Penalty
There are many people who believe that the death penalty does not deter, and some who believe that it does deter. One leading recent study suggests that th death penalty deters if it’s used very frequently. But, complicating the issue, it also appears that the death penalty encourages murders by desensitizing citizens to violence. So, it may be that a state has to execute many, many people before the deternts effect out weighs what criminologists refer to as the brutalization effect.
Additional Facts About the Death Penalty
The death penalty is on the books in 34 states currently, but it is almost exclusively a southern phenomenon, and really, predominantly a Texas phenomenon, which executes far and away more people then any other state or the federal government. For example in California, California sentences, California juries sentence many, many people to die but almost no one in California is executed. Where as in Texas executions are carried out at almost the rate of one per week.
The United States is one of a handful of nations in the western world which continue to employ the death penalty and it’s really a source that complicates American foreign policy that the United States projects itself as Humanitarian but at the same time retains a death penalty which most nations have long condemned as barbaric.
Executions are almost always carried out in the united States by lethal injection which the Supreme Court approved as a method of execution in 2008. A handful of states still have electrocution and hanging on the books. Generally that can be used as an option by the defendant but almost no one exercises that option. And almost everyone is executed by lethal injection.
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Circle of Hope – July 27, 9:52 AM
Nigeria as a developing country has had challenges which are not peculiar but are to a large extent associated with other developing countries. However, one unfortunate history about Nigeria and several other African governments is the brutal nature of government against opposing voices.
One of such cases which has become globally celebrated is the Ogoni in the oil belt of Nigeria. In the early 1990s, the Ogoni people under the leadership of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People(MOSOP) began a mass protest against Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and the Nigerian Government accusing the duo of rights abuses and environmental devastation of Ogoniland.
The case of the Ogoni were very glaring and factual. To stop the Ogoni people, the government hurriedly executed their leaders including Ken Saro-Wiwa on November 10, 1995. Sixteen(16) years later, a United Nations Environmental Audit Report on Ogoniland revealed an alarming threat to the lives and environment of the Ogoni People. The report says it will take 30 years and $1billion dollars to clean the mess. The Nigerian government has not implemented the report.
Indeed, Ken Saro-Wiwa and his kinsmen were right. One of those who survived the era of unlimited persecution of the Ogoni people is Mr. Ledum Mitee, Saro-Wiwa’s deputy who later became President of the Ogoni Movement and Vice Chair of the UNPO.
Today, on the occasion of Mitee’s birthday, Ogoninews.com calls for the abolition of the death penalty citing the following 11 reasons:
1) The death penalty is absurd and cruel.
2) But for the Death Penalty, these people would be alive today: Ken Saro-Wiwa, Chief Edward Kobani, Albert Badey, Chief Samuel Orage, John Kpuinen, Chief Theophilus Orage, Dr. Barinem Kiobel,Daniel Gbokoo, Baribor Bera, Paul Levura, Nordu Eawo, Felix Nuate, Saturday Dobee. (The Ogoni 4 – Edward Kobani, Albert Badey, Chief Samuel Orage, and Chief Theophilus Orage’s death had been linked a desperate plan to get Saro-Wiwa killed by invoking the Death Penalty).
3) The death penalty is degrading. It turns states into prescription drug abusers, killing prisoners with drugs like sodium thiopental that manufacturers are on record as stating should only be used to healing purposes.
4) High profile cases, often with racial undertones, create political pressures that can lead to police and prosecutor misconduct. Ken Saro-Wiwa, who led Ogonis of Nigeria, between 1992 and 1995, campaign against Shell’s devastation of Ogoniland was convicted along with 8 of his kinsmen 10 days after a death sentence was passed on them despite that the judgement gave them 30 days to appeal. They were denied the right to appeal and shortly after their execution, Shell was lobbying to return to Ogoniland to resume oil operations.
5) It is not limited to the “worst of the worst”. A recent example: the execution of Teresa Lewis in Virginia on September 23; she was put to death as the “mastermind” of a crime despite her 72 IQ, and despite the fact that the men who actually carried out the crime did not get the death penalty.
6) The death penalty is not limited to cases where there is no doubt about guilt. Convicted by flimsy witness testimony, and unable to exonerate himself with those same witnesses, Troy Davis was executed despite serious doubts about his guilt. His birthday is on October 9!
7) Death penalty is been used as a political weapon against the opposition.
8) Death sentences continue to drop. In 2010 the U.S. recorded barely over 100 persons sentenced to death , compared to an average of close to 300 in the 1990s.
9) One-by-one, states are abandoning capital punishment.
10) The death penalty is not limited to cases where there is no doubt about guilt. Convicted by flimsy witness testimony, and unable to exonerate himself with those same witnesses, Troy Davis was executed despite serious doubts about his guilt. His birthday is on October 9!
11) In 1998, a condemned general, Olusegun Obasanjo was pardoned by the state and became Nigeria’s only President to hand over to a democratically elected civilian government. Although he could not successfully push for an abolition of the death penalty, he’s live was speared by the pardon and he has advocated an end to the death penalty.
12) The death penalty abolition movement is growing, and some progress is being made, but there is a lot of work yet to be done. The time to get started is now.
– This article was written with contributions from Amnesty International
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By Gary Leupp
Gary Leuppis Professor of History at Tufts University, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Religion. He is the author of Servants, Shophands and Laborers in in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan; Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan; and Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, (AK Press). He can be reached at: email@example.com
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