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A California Vote to "Revictimize Victims":  Conn Carroll reports for The Heritage Foundation's blog, The Foundry, that the California Assembly Public Safety Committee has approved a bill allowing any prisoner to petition the sentencing court for "recall" if they have served at least ten years of a life-without-parole sentence for any crime committed before turning 18.  The juvenile offenders will then be allowed a rehearing where victims families would have to testify to fight a new and reduced sentence.  Carroll reports that the bill was defeated last June, through the coordinated efforts of prosecutors, police and victims.  The California Assembly responded by changing the composition of the Committee, which allowed the vote to pass 4-2 today.

Reports of Early Prisoner Release and High Crime in Michigan:
  At Sentencing Law and Policy, Doug Berman links to an article in Indiana's South Bend Tribune reporting that victims in Michigan do not want to see the early release of prisoners.  In the article, Lou Mumford reports that victims and prosecutors across Michigan are speaking out against the early release of prisoners and pending legislation that would do away with 1998s truth-in-sentencing guidelines.  Apparently, Michigan has reduced its prison population by 11.8% in the last 11 months, and prosecutors in Kalamazoo County, Michigan have felt its effects. Two of the last three homicides in the were allegedly committed by parolees released within the last two years.

Predicting the Outcome of the Sex Offender Commitment Case:  Yesterday, after addressing key points made during oral arguments for the case United States v. Comstock, Corey Rayburn Yung made a prediction on the outcome of the case.  Yung believes that Comstock has the better argument, but believes that the Court will rule in favor of the United States by 6-3.  Volokh Conspiracy blogger Ilya Somin links to Yung's and then makes his own prediction.  He believes that the Court is unlikely to find in favor of Comstock, but notes "stranger things have happened in the highest Court in the land."

Supreme Court Blocks Televised Prop.8 Trial:
  At SCOTUSblog, Lyle Denniston reports that today, the Court ruled 5-4 to block any television broadcast to the general public of the San Francisco federal court challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage.  The opinion was released nearly 40 minutes after the Court's earlier order blocking televised proceedings had expired.  The Court granted a stay pending a timely filing of a petition for a writ of certiorari or the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of mandamus by supporters of the Prop.8 ban.  Kent's post on Hollingsworth v. Perry can be found here

Justice City, USA, a blog of the website Careers in Criminal Justice, has this useful list of criminal justice and criminology blogs.

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