Marin County Jail Population Sees Little Impact From Prop 47

March 5, 2015

In Nov. 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, a ballot measure that moved to reduce certain felony crimes to misdemeanor offenses.

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One of the most interesting components of the law was that the ruling would be retroactive.  Anyone sentenced on one of the crimes in question would have their sentences re-evaluate; pre-trial defendants would be reconsidered for an “own recognizance” release.

Jails throughout the state have reported a dip in inmate populations.  In Los Angeles County, inmates who would have once served just a fraction of their sentence due to overcrowded conditions are now Read more »

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Santa Clara Jails Say Use Of Inmate Informants Was Not Unusual

March 4, 2015

A former employee of the Santa Clara County Jail said he often helped prosecutors and law enforcement officials by planting jailhouse informants in close proximity to crime suspects.

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The practice went on from the late 1990s and lasted about a decade, they said.  Today, the practice is being questioned due to a Supreme Court ruling that says the government isn’t allowed to interrogate a defendant unless their attorney is in the room.

Some allege the past acts were a gross civil rights violation of jailed defendants.

Jailhouse informants are allowed to listen silently, according to sources, but Read more »

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Does San Diego Traffic Stop Data Show Racial Profiling?

March 3, 2015

The San Diego Police Department last week released a full set of data pertaining to the types of drivers officers are pulling over during traffic stops;  the ACLU has said the statistics have them concerned that the SDPD is engaging in racial profiling.

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In 2014 approximately 144,000 vehicles were stopped and more than 7,100 people were searched, according to reports.

Roughly 30 percent of drivers pulled over and more than 40 percent of those who were searched were Hispanic, despite the fact that this racial demographic makes up 27 percent of the city’s population.

African American residents make up less than 6 percent of the city’s population, yet these drivers made up Read more »

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Domestic Violence Survivor Will Face Jail If She Doesn’t Write Letters To Her Attacker

March 2, 2015

A domestic abuse survivor in the UK is once again being victimized, but this time it is at the hands of the court.

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Natalie Allman dated Jason Hughes for two years before they decided to get married; shortly after the pair got engaged she learned she was pregnant.  But Hughes was a heavy drinker who had a tendency to be overly controlling, which lead Allman to break the relationship off before they walked down the aisle.

A few days later she awoke to her former fiance trying to smother her with a pillow.  What followed next can only be described as Read more »

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CA To Install Condom Vending Machines In Jails

February 27, 2015

A controversial CA law that requires corrections facilities to install condom vending machines has received final approval from Gov. Brown.

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Two prior versions of the bill failed, according to sources, because it’s illegal for inmates to have sex.

Inmate populations throughout the US tend to have higher rates of STD, HIV and Hepatitis C infections; lawmakers are hopeful that providing inmates access to condoms will slow, if not stall the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is Read more »

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Choosing Not to Post Bail

February 25, 2015

When someone is arrested and booked into jail, one of the most pressing decisions lies in whether to hire a bondsman.  Some families ask whether bail bonds are needed, especially if they feel their loved one is innocent.

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They question whether there is any value in arranging for a bond if they think the defendant will be released after their first court date.  Below is a list of reasons why you should rethink that decision.

  • There are only two guarantees in life: death and paying taxes Judges have full discretion when it comes to Read more »

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Is Prop 47 Creating a Criminal Catch & Release Program?

February 24, 2015

In Nov. 2014 Californians voted in favor of Prop. 47, a ballot initiative that proposed reducing certain felony offenses to misdemeanor crimes.

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The premise behind this was simple-  stop locking up low-level offenders for crimes that were mostly drug related.  Not only would this reduce county jail populations, it would allow these offenders to seek treatment.

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Inmate populations have dropped throughout the state but that’s not to say that “all is good” in the village.  Narcotics arrests may be down, according to LAPD and LASD sources, but Read more »

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The Naked Truth About Recent Arrests

February 23, 2015

There seems to be a common thread when it comes to a number of recent arrests; the defendants in question have all been taken into custody in the buff.

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The most recent incident took place late last week in Southern California, when members of the San Diego Police Department received a tip that a naked man was running along Interstate 5 north.  The suspect was making contact with drivers and then jumping on top of their cars, according to a source.

Officers arrived on scene a short time later and were able to subdue the sans-clothes suspect, but not before he Read more »

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Busted: Thief Swipes Vodka, Tries To Hide Bottle In Wheelchair

February 20, 2015

Earlier this month the Santa Monica Police Department got called out on a rather unusual call.

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A grocery store employee said they’d detained a male customer; loss prevention agents at the market saw him trying to swipe a bottle of Vodka.

The suspect had arrived to the store in a wheelchair and proceeded to head toward the alcohol section.  When he thought no one was looking, he grabbed two bottles of vodka, placed them on the seat and Read more »

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Law Enforcement Agencies Kiss Their Crown Victorias Goodbye

February 19, 2015

Police departments throughout the United States have said their relationship with the iconic Crown Victoria police cruiser has kicked the proverbial bucket.

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Ford stopped making the vehicle about four years ago, they said, and it’s no longer available to the public.  The Crown Vic had terrible fuel efficiency, according to the Detroit-based auto manufacturer, which is part of the reason they chose to retire the model.

Yes, the Crown Vics were spacious enough to hold big offenders and drove much faster than many assumed, but all good things must come to an end.

At the same time, that’s not to say that Read more »

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