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Obama to Stop Deporting Some Illegal Immigrants: Alicia A. Caldwell and Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press report the Obama Administration announced, effectively immediately, illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 and are younger than 30 will be immune from deportation if they have been in the country for at least five consecutive years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military. They can also apply for a work permit that can be renewed without limits.

South Dakota Inmate Defends Right to be Executed: Kristi Eaton of the Associated Press reports Eric Robert, sentenced to death after pleading guilty to killing a prison guard in South Dakota, says the state Supreme Court's decision to stay his scheduled February execution to allow for a mandatory review denies him his constitutional, due process right to be executed. "If this process will take up to (two) years as reported, Robert proposes we seek to answer the main underlying issue in this case: does a death row inmate have a constitutional right to die on time as ordered?" Robert's lawyer said in an email. In briefs to be filed by next week, Robert will ask the South Dakota Supreme Court to let his execution proceed, and propose legislative changes to prevent a similar situation in future cases.

ACLU Releases New Report on Aging Prisoners: John Rudolf of The Huffington Post reports the ACLU published a new report Wednesday that says there are nearly 125,000 inmates aged 55 or older currently incarcerated in the U.S., a more than 1,300 percent increase since the early 1980s. The report also says more than $16 billion is spent by states and the federal government to incarcerate elderly prisoners annually, and blames this increase on "harsh" sentencing laws. According to the report, prisoners aged 50 and older cost around $68,000 a year to incarcerate compared to $34,000 for younger prisoners. Not surprisingly, the ACLU suggests releasing elderly inmates from prison to save on costs.

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