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Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law to Impact Other States: Pamela Constable of The Washington Post reports the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning to allow the provision of Arizona's immigration law that requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they encounter while performing their duties. The court struck down other parts of the law that they say conflict with federal law, such as making it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek out jobs. Federal districts courts have blocked similar laws in Georgia, Indiana, Utah, and South Carolina, which may now need to be changed to apply the high court's ruling. In Alabama, federal courts upheld a law allowing police to check the legal status of immigrants. The ruling bans other aspects of proposed state laws, such as Alabama's provision which makes it a crime to be in the state illegally, and Indiana's proposed warrantless arrests of illegal immigrants. Cecilia Wong, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union in San Francisco, said the ACLU will go to court "immediately" to challenge Arizona and other similar state laws.

Santa Cruz County to Outsource Inmate Medical Services: Jason Hoppin of the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted last Wednesday to approve the outsourcing of medical services in county jails. Several board members said the move was essential to the county's efforts to handle more inmates, many of which are having to be released under monitoring. "It is a challenge that was thrown upon us," Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner Phil Wowak said. "... I don't have the ability to provide that system given the budget constraints that I have."

Federal Bureau of Prisons Sued: Justin Moyer of The Washington Post reports a class-action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Colorado against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The lawsuit alleges inmates with mental illnesses are being denied adequate services, including medication, and improperly held at the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado. Regulations prohibit inmates with serious mental illnesses from being held there, but the lawsuit alleges prisoners end up there due to an inadequate screening process.

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