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Immigrants Feds Chose Not to Deport Commit Murder, Sex Crimes: Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times reports the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that between 2008 and 2011, illegal immigrants who could have been deported but were released by the Obama administration went on to commit 19 murders, 3 attempted murders, and 142 sex crimes. The administration chose not to deport more than 36,000 illegal immigrants arrested for other crimes in that three-year period.

5th Circuit Says Lack of Air Conditioning Violates Eighth Amendment: Brandi Grissom of The Texas Tribune reports the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that allowing an inmate to be "exposed to extreme temperatures can constitute a violation of the Eighth Amendment." The Texas Civil Rights Project sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2008 over conditions former inmate Eugene Blackmon experienced while in custody at the Garza East Unit in Beeville while serving a three-year sentence. A similar lawsuit last month was filed on behalf of the family of Larry Gene McCollum, who suffered a heat stroke last July as an inmate at the Hutchins State Jail in Dallas and died.

Puerto Rico Increases Prison Sentences: The Associated Press reports the governor of Puerto Rico on Monday signed into law an updated penal code. Puerto Rico has seen a rise in crime for several years, and last year had a record number of homicides. The updated penal code increases prison sentences for homicide, assault, kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault, production of child pornography, and other offenses, as well as establishes fixed sentences. 

Many Wisconsin Hospitals Charging Rape Victims for Evidence Collection: Jessie Van Berkel of Gannett Wisconsin Media reports many hospitals in Wisconsin have forced sexual assault victims to pay for the cost of collecting evidence. Jill Karofsky, executive director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Office of Crime Victim Services, says fewer victims will be billed as the state educates hospitals about government funds available to cover most of the cost of sexual assault examinations if a victim doesn't have insurance or doesn't want to use it. Sally Smarzinski, a victim advocate at the Fox Cities Sexual Assault Crisis Center, said the response to sexual assaults should be similar to if your house was broken into. "I would assume the police were going to come in, maybe dust for fingerprints, maybe collect some evidence," Smarzinski said. "Then I got a bill for $1,000 for that investigatory service? ... People would be outraged."

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