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Riverside County to Charge Offenders for Jail Time: Phil Willon of the Los Angeles Times reports starting in December, Riverside County will bill criminals in county lockups up to $142 a day. Already in California, Placer County charges inmates up to $118 a day, and Madera County $73 a day. In accordance with state law, a judge must first determine that a defendant has the ability to pay before the county can seek an incarceration fee. Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone acknowledges that most convicted criminals will not be able to pay but estimates that up to 25% may be able to pay some amount, which could bring in at least $6 million a year to the county. "In these very challenging economic times, every dollar counts for counties, especially when you're $80 million in the hole," Stone said. "If you do the crime, then you're going to do the time and you're going to pay the dime."

Justice Department Sues Utah Over Immigration Law: Josh Loftin of The Associated Press reports the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Utah's immigration enforcement law, signed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert in March. The law requires those arrested for serious crimes, ranging from certain drug offenses to murder, to prove their citizenship and gives police the discretion to to check citizenship status on traffic infractions and other lesser offenses. The Justice Department argues that Utah's enforcement law preempts federal authority and could lead to the harassment and detention of authorized visitors and American citizens. Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement, "The federal government is the chief enforcer of immigration laws ... it is clearly unconstitutional for a state to set its own immigration policy." Other states that have been sued by the Justice Department after passing strict enforcement laws are Arizona, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Two Death Warrants: The Associated Press reports Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed death warrants for two inmates on death row in the state, Kenneth Hairston and Ralph Birdsong. Hairston was convicted of killing his wife and autistic son in 2001. Birdsong is set to be executed for killing two people in 1988. Both executions are scheduled for January. Pennsylvania has only executed three people since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976.

Court Upholds Georgia's Standard of Proof for Condemned Inmates: Bill Rankin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 7-4 decision upheld Georgia's standard that an inmate must prove they are mentally disabled beyond a reasonable doubt to be ineligible for execution. The Georgia Supreme Court also recently upheld the state's standards. Judge Frank Hull, writing for the majority, said when the U.S. Supreme Court barred the execution of the mentally disabled in 2002, it left it up to the states to develop their own guidelines. Since there is no U.S. Supreme Court precedent to the contrary, federal law "mandates that this federal court leave the Georgia Supreme Court decision alone -- even if we believe it incorrect or unwise." A lawyer involved in the case said the ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Nice to know America has a very active justice system. I like the 1st news. Seeing that inmates should be charged for jail time should prove to be a valuable lesson for them and for all to never commit a crime.

Wendy from B√Ęche hivernage piscine¬†

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