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FL Inmate Granted Stay of Execution: Debra Cassins Weiss of the ABA Journal reports that John Errol Ferguson was granted a stay of execution Saturday in Florida by U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley. In an emergency motion, Ferguson's lawyers told the court that he believes he is a prince of God and cannot be killed. A hearing will determine whether Ferguson is competent to be executed. Judge Hurley will hear arguments Friday. This news scan continues from this post.

FL Jail Officials May Create Inmate Tattoo Database: WKMG Local 6 headlines Florida jail officials may create an inmate tattoo database in hopes of aiding investigators in locating unidentified suspects. Capt. W.F. McClelland said the database is in the early stages of planning. Jail officials and county attorneys are deciding on issues in order to set the policy. The issues include such considerations as whether the database would include all or only visible tattoos, and photographs or written descriptions of the tattoos. Two jail lieutenants will be moving forward with the policy once the decisions are made.

No Set Data Standards in CA to Discern Realignment Effects: Heather Tirado Giligan of the Sacramento Bee reports after one year of realignment there is no direct answer as to whether AB 109 has been effective or not. Opponents blame realignment for the surge in crime in many counties; jails are overcrowded and many may be released into counties early. However, police data appears to be showing mixed information. While some cities like Stockton have homicides increasing, Sacramento's murder rate is down 18.5 percent. Oakland's rape and robbery rape are both up by about 20 percent, though in Los Angeles violent crime is said to be down 7 percent. At this point there is no set method for counties to report specific data or standard for what data is to be reported.

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