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Southern California County Sees High Re-offending Rate: Ann M. Simmons of the LA Times reports that of the approximately 300 non-violent and non-serious post-release supervised parolees of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department in Lancaster, CA, about 200 have been re-arrested since October. Lancaster deputies are working with several parolee compliance teams, and since last October have conducted 315 compliance checks and 68 address verifications, which resulted in 182 arrests and the seizure of 13 firearms, according to a written statement by Lancaster Deputy Michael Rust, who also states many of the offenders had been arrested multiple times for new crimes or charges. A recent report by the Sheriff's Department showed Lancaster's violent crimes have gone up 16% in the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year and homicides have doubled from 4 to 8.

Criminal Immigrants Free to Re-offend: William La Jeunesse of Fox News reports there are thousands of criminal immigrants currently in the U.S. who have remained in the country due to their home counties refusing to take them back, free to re-offend. Under a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, U.S. immigration officials are only permitted to hold anyone convicted of a crime who is in the country illegally for six months after being incarcerated, even in cases of murder. When a home country refuses to take the criminal alien back, the U.S. must release them. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, taking the lead to change this law, became aware of the issue after instances of particularly horrific crimes were committed by immigrants who were not deported. Poe is trying to pass a law which would withhold visas for countries which do not take back their criminal immigrants.

NY Unveils Crime-Fighting App: CBS New York headlines New York State Senator Eric Adams announced the smart phone application Brooklyn Quality of Life which will allow anyone with an iPhone, Android, or tablet to report crime and dangerous conditions. The app will allow the sending of photos, audio, and video to retired detectives which staff the application. Information will then be forwarded to the police in an attempt to maintain user anonymity.

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RE: criminal immigrants reoffending--Justices Ginsburg and Breyer have blood on their hands.

It is an interesting feat--divining in the Constitution the right of those who, by definition, have no right to walk our streets the right to walk our streets.

What we ought to do with criminal aliens from Cuba, simply fly them to GTMO and push them over the fence.

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