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LA Probation Getting Mainly High-Risk Offenders: Abby Sewell of the Los Angeles Times reports a majority of the offenders being put on probation in Los Angeles County under AB 109 are at a high risk of reoffending. Of the 11,136 offenders placed on probation in the county in since Realignment began on October 1, 2011, 59 percent are high-risk, 40 percent are medium-risk, and 1 percent are low-risk. A Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee also reports many are also classified as mentally disordered offenders. MDOs have mental illnesses which are considered dangerous. MDOs are being decertified. This downgrading places the offenders under county supervision rather than keeping them in state corrections.

Adult Criminal Numbers in 2011 Lowest in Decade:
Frederic J. Frommer of the Associated Press reports in 2011, the U.S. had the lowest number of adults incarcerated, on parole, or on probation since 2000. Nationwide, 6.98 million adults were under some form of supervision by the end of 2011 according to a report by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics released Thursday. About 70 percent of those were on parole or probation, and 30 percent incarcerated. This is 98,900 less than in 2010.

Chinese Gang Enforcer Faces NV Death Penalty:
Ken Ritter of the Associated Press reports a jury convicted Chinese gang enforcer Xiao Ye Bai of murder, kidnapping, burglary, extortion, and conspiracy Monday. The same jury is deliberating whether he will get the death sentence. Bai stabbed his victim 32 times in a Las Vegas karaoke bar over a gambling bet in July 2009 and wounded two others. Bai is also accused of shooting and killing another outside of a karaoke bar in Southern California several months earlier.

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