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CA Gov. Says Early Inmate Release Not Safe for Public: During the Sept. 29, 2011 press conference on public safety realignment, California Gov. Jerry Brown stated realignment  "is a viable plan that...will not only ensure public safety but will fix a prison system that has been profoundly dysfunctional for decades." However, Paige St. John of the Los Angeles Times reports Brown's lawyers filed papers Monday stating a plan to further release inmates to meet CA's prison population cap of 137.5% imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court by June 2013 would be "a terrible idea that jeopardizes public safety." California's lawyers stated the potential dangerousness of the inmates in prison since realignment has increased. Brown's Corrections Department argues it can provide adequate healthcare to the 119,000 inmates in prison.

OH Inmate May Be Too Overweight for Execution: The Associated Press reports Ronald Post, scheduled to be executed in Ohio Jan. 16, filed Friday to have his execution delayed as his at least 480 lbs weight could lead to severe problems for executioners and serious physical and psychological pain for Post. Post was convicted of shooting and killing a hotel clerk in 1983. In Ohio, executions are carried out via a lethal single-drug injection of pentobarbital through the arm. Some of the complications and problems with Post's execution include vein access and the worry the execution gurney may not be able to hold him. The inserting of IVs into Post's arms has proven difficult for medical personnel in the past.  Post was denied gastric bypass surgery and his knee and back problems have made losing weight a challenge.  He has also been encouraged not to walk for fear of falling. A prison exercise bike had broken under his weight while at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. His severe depression also causes him unable to control his food intake.

Clemency Denied for Penn. Death Row Inmate:
Vignesh Ramachandran of NBC News reports the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons denied clemency for death row inmate Terrance "Terry" Williams Monday. The board voted 3-2 in favor of clemency, but without a unanimous vote a nonbinding recommendation to the governor to change his death sentence to life without parole could not be made. Williams was convicted of killing his victim, an alleged sexual abuser of his, with a tire iron in Philadelphia in 1984. Williams had also been serving a life sentence for killing another alleged abuser of his the year before. Williams is set to be executed Oct. 3.

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