Posts Tagged ‘informant’

Prison Realignment Starts Tomorrow, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Rina Palta of KALW News has a  bit on prison realignment this morning. (That’s just the kind of thing you can find at THE INFORMANT: Cops, Courts, and Communities in the Bay Area.)

And here’s some related information about parolees from candidate for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, below.

Welcome back:

“October 1: State transfers parolees to San Francisco’s probation programs and jails - The City braces for influx of ex-offenders starting Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, October 1, the first group of state prison parolees scheduled for transfer to San Francisco will begin arriving in the City under Realignment — legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2011.

The City has created a comprehensive program to shift ex-offenders to local control, including increasing electronic monitoring, social and rehabilitation programs, and preparing for an increased jail population.

Some details on the parolees and program:
· Expected number of new parolees in 2011-2012: 700
· Average age of transferred parolee: 39
· Average number of prior convictions: 7
· Time in which parolees have to report to the City after release: 48 hours
· Crimes: Non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual offenses
· Transportation for parolees: City will transport most; some travel by bus

Questions remain:
· Recidivism: How will the City’s new parolee population impact jails?
· Funding: State funding is short of City needs and only budgeted for nine months. How will programs be sustained?
· Impact on City agencies: How will law enforcement, social and health services be affected by the increased ex-offender population?

Supervisor Mirkarimi, Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, convened hearings on Realignment and sponsored several ordinances to address the ex-offender transfer.”

Congratulations, Oakland. You’ve, Once Again, Made Top Five in the “City Crime Rankings” Book

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
“City Crime Rankings” from CQ Press is now out for this year. Oakland, CA placed fifth, which might disappoint some of its cheerleaders.
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“St. Louis has the highest crime rate ranking, and had the second highest rate of violent crime for 2009, with 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 population, compared with a national average of 429.4. Behind St. Louis with the highest crime rate ranking are Camden, New Jersey which occupied the top spot last year; Detroit, Michigan; Flint, Michigan; and Oakland, California.”

A nice graphic from Justin Beck / SF Chronicle:

Oh well.

Newsflash: The Murder Rate in Oakland is Alarmingly High – How Many Murders are Too Many Murders? – KALW vs. SFGate

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

[UPDATE: Writer Ali Winston explicates:

"We're talking about crime reductions here, right? We're not saying Oakland's murder rate isn't high - it is. But it is way down from two years ago. The numbers don't lie - and the Chronicle left those crucial facts out of the article. We're just pointing out the discrepancy with this morning's article. Still offensive to you?"

No, we're talking about whether or not the murder rate in Oakland is "stubbornly high." There's nothing wrong with the Chron's bit - it's perfectly cromulent. It should not frustrate "everyday readers." Obviously, the Chron is not under any onus to cheerlead for Oakland law enforcement.]

I don’t know about you, but I hold debunkers and factcheckers to a higher standard. Keep that in mind as you check out KALW’s Ali Winston’s factcheck of Chronicle Staff Writer Matthai Kuruvila

“Sweeping generalities like “the homicide rate remains stubbornly high” are frustrating to everyday readers to begin with, but are even more agitating when they are not backed up by the facts. According to the Oakland Police Department’s latest weekly crime statistics (from 9/20/10-9/26/10), there have been 62 murders in Oakland this year, down from 80 in 2009. That’s a 23 percent drop, and a 39 percent decrease from the 101 murders in 2008.”

Maybe so, but, nevertheless, The Murder Rate in Oakland is Alarmingly High, right? That “fact” checks out, right?

A nice graphic from Justin Beck / SF Chronicle:

Oh well.

News Conference of the Year: Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell

Monday, April 20th, 2009

San Francisco gets more than its fair share of news conferences for a variety of reasons, but this one on Wednesday looks to be memorable. This whole issue about Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the death of SFPD Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell in 1970 was quite the hot potatoe last month, as this bit from the Demian Bulwa demonstrates.

Get a sneak peak of the tenor of the people behind the news conference here.

Maybe a lot of people will show up this wednesday, maybe not. We’ll see.

1970 Cold Case to Be Explored at San Francisco News Conference on April 23; Evidence in Bombing Murder Points to Weather Underground
  
Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism Urges Probe of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

SAN FRANCISCO, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Pressure is mounting for an expanded probe of Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and their alleged roles in the 1970 bombing murder of a San Francisco policeman. Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground and author of Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen, will repeat his sworn testimony that points to the involvement of the Weather Underground in the bombing murder of Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell at a 12:30 p.m. News Conference on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Marriott Courtyard San Francisco Downtown, 299 Second Street, in the Rincon Hill room. Grathwohl says that he was at a meeting where Ayers said that his wife Dohrn had planted the bomb

The San Francisco Police Officers Association has publicly supported the call for a renewed investigation, saying the evidence points to Ayers and Dohrn as the perpetrators.

The News Conference is being sponsored by the Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism, a project of investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid’s America’s Survival, Inc. “Forty years is too long to wait for justice,” Kincaid said. “Let’s bring the cop-killers to justice.” Kincaid’s web site www.usasurvival.org has exclusive reports on the bombing and Communist Cuban support for the Weather Underground.

The cold case of Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell, killed in 1970 when a bomb exploded at the San Francisco Park Police Station, has been reopened by law enforcement authorities. Grathwohl, Cliff Kincaid, and retired San Francisco Police Sergeant Jim Pera, one of the first on the scene of the bombing, will discuss the McDonnell case, the violent history of the Weather Underground, and the reemergence of its members in political and campus organizing activities. Ayers/Dohrn “comrade” and Weather Underground member Mark Rudd is on a speaking tour in the Bay Area.
 
SOURCE America’s Survival, Inc.