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OH Baby Killer Executed:  Amanda Lee Myers of the Associated Press reports that Steve Smith, convicted of raping and killing a 6-month-old baby, was executed in Ohio, Monday. Up until his death Smith refused to take responsibility for his actions, instead blaming alcohol. The OH Parole Board and Gov. John Kasich unanimously rejected his plea. Smith is the 51st inmate executed in OH since 1999. Continued from this News Scan.

3 Men Taken in By Police in
Boston Bombing Case:   Scott Malone, Tim McLaughlin and Ross Kerber of Reuters News report that three men suspected in the Boston Bombing have been charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and making false statements. Two of the men, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov both from Kazakhstan, had already been arrested for violation of immigration on April 20. The third man, Robel Phillipos, is a U.S. citizen charged with making false statements. The men were friends with suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, when they attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with him. They are suspected of attempting to dispose of computer equipment, fireworks and other evidence from Tsarnaev's apartment after the attack. The three are considered high-risk for flight and are being held by U.S. Marshals. Continued from this News Scan.

CA Bill Aimed at Funding Realignment Fails: 
Jasmine Viel of Central Coast News reports that California Sen. Anthony Cannella's Realignment Reinvestment Act, SB 144, was voted down 5-9 in the Senate Budget Committee, Monday. Cannella had hoped the bill would be a solution to the problems counties are having handling the influx of realigned inmates. The bill would have reallocated funds to local law enforcement, jails, and job training programs that would otherwise have been spent in state prisons prior to realignment. Cannella says he remains committed to providing funding for counties and curbing recidivism rates.

Federal Official Orders Inmates Out of 2 CA Prisons: 
The Associated Press reports that federal medical receiver J. Clark Kelso has ordered, Monday, that over 3,000 inmates from California's Avenal and Pleasant Valley prisons be moved out in the wake of Valley fever affecting the two facilities. The order came days before the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to submit his inmate reduction plan to federal courts. Kelso's order directs the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to move black, Filipino, and other groups known to be susceptible to the disease. Multiple problems now face the system as the state must decide where to house the inmates. The state is looking into how much control Kelso has over where the inmates should be placed, and is considering swapping inmates with high susceptibility for those deemed less at risk to illness with other state prisons as an option. Since 2012, Valley fever has been deemed a primary or secondary cause of nine inmate deaths, costing over $23 million annually to treat.


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