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Many N.C. Gun Crime Inmates to be Released: Michael Biesecker of the Associated Press reports that the 2009 conviction of Terrell McCullum of North Carolina for being a felon in possession of a firearm was overturned Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge James Fox. While under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to possess a gun, the court found that the N.C. definition of who is a felon includes offenses which not serious enough to meet the federal felony standard.  The Department of Justice has taken the position that the NC defendants whose priors fall into that category should be released.

CA Files for Higher Inmate Population Cap: Julie Small of KPCC reports the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation filed papers Friday to raise the cap of inmates which can be incarcerated in CA prisons by 7,000, arguing it can adequately provide a constitutional level of health care for 117,000 inmates, rather than the 110,000 the U.S. Supreme court ordered. A decision may not be released until next year.

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