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CA Crime Rate Rises Sharply Under AB109:  Ben Shapiro of Breitbart News reports that California Governor Jerry Brown's Realignment is creating major public safety issues as crime is on the rise across the state. Statewide, there are more than 43,000 inmates are in county jails instead of state prisons. By 2014, the number is expected to reach 54,000. In the six-months since AB 109's implementation there has been a 7.6% rise in homicides statewide. Despite this, Gov. Brown states new prisons are not necessary. The article cites data from this CJLF Press Release.

CA Man Arrested for 1988 Cold Case Murder:  KCRA News reports that the Sacramento Police Department arrested Stanley David Grow Wednesday on suspicion of a 1988 cold-case homicide. On the morning of October 19, 1988, a Sacramento police officer found Manuel Morales, 51, dead in a gutter in a blood-drenched sheet. His body had multiple stab wounds. Before being found, Morales had been seen driving some women home in his car. The 25-year-old investigation was reignited when a DNA match was made to a DNA profile in July 2012 to a blood sample taken from the car. Grow's DNA was on file from a felony, and proved to be a match.

Bid to Regain Control of Prisons Denied:  The Associated Press and Lauren Sivan of FOX News report that a federal court rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to halt the reduction of California's prison population. The three judge panel ruled that Gov. Brown and corrections officials must further reduce the state prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity or face contempt of court.  The state also failed to regain control of its prison mental health care. More in this News Scan. The original mandate was issued in 2009, after the panel determined that overcrowding was the main contributor to its findings of substandard inmate health care.   Though the court acknowledged the state has made progress, it ruled that a further reduction of about 9,000 inmates needed to be made. CA has 100 days to report to identify candidates for early release to the judges.

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