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My latest story about the apparent futility of fighting former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to commute the sentence of convicted felon Esteban Nuñez, got to reader Nedra Lynette.
Lynette, who emailed me this morning, said she is part of a community in California whose loved ones are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole in state prisons. Lynette said her relative, who has spent 25 years in prison on a life sentence, was twice rejected by the governor for parole after a board of parole commissioners found him suitably rehabilitated to be set free.
Nuñez’s case clearly appalled Lynette. She wrote:
He has not rehabilitated, he has only been coddled by political power and is being shown that it isn’t about what is right in the world it is strictly about who you know or who your dad knows. This makes me sick. There are so many men and women that have been found suitable for parole countless times.
A new report by California Watch today says Nuñez will serve his seven years of imprisonment in a “sensitive needs” yard in Mule Creek State Prison south of Sacramento.
Here’s a snippet:
These yards are designated for inmates whose safety would likely be at risk if placed with the general population at the state’s other prisons.
“It’s known as one of the more habitable places, comparatively speaking,” said Donald Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office.
A prison spokeswoman said the prison is for people who could be vulnerable because of their high profile. “Like you’re the son of the Assembly speaker,” she told California Watch.
The piece also noted another tidbit dug up by The Sacramento Bee:
A few months after Núñez was placed at Mule Creek, an administrative assistant at the prison was sent a new Kindle from the Núñez family, the Sacramento Bee reported. The gift was returned. Núñez now “shares a cell with a Sacramento politico who also asked Schwarzenegger for a sentence reduction but didn’t get it: Roberto Vellanoweth, the ex-Schwarzenegger appointee who killed four people in a drunken driving crash in 2007.”