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CA Version of Jessica's Law Rendered Ineffective by Court:  According to a report from ABC News 10 an unnamed registered sex offender living 350 feet from an Sacramento area elementary school is not a violation of California's Jessica's law, a ballot measure adopted in 2006  which prohibited offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. The unnamed sex offender's record includes assaults on children of the same age as the students at the elementary school. After a 2010 ruling by a LA Superior Court judge announcing that the restriction was unconstitutional hundreds of registered sex offenders in Sacramento county have been granted writs of exemption by local judges.

MD Abolishes Death Penalty: 
Gov. Martin O'Malley made Maryland the 18th state to abolish capital punishment when he signed Senate Bill 276 into law, Monday, according to a report from the Associated Press. The law is not retroactive; meaning the five men on MD's death row still face execution. Gov. O'Malley said each case will be considered individually for commutation to life in prison without parole. Continued from this News Scan.

Gov. Brown Turns to Private Prisons: 
Paige St. John of the Los Angeles Times reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing for a contract to reduce prison overcrowding, while simultaneously keeping inmates in the state. CA is seeking to move 1,225 inmates to private "modified community" prisons. At present just 600 inmates are housed in the state's only private prison. Prior to 2012 over 5,600 inmates were kept in such facilities. The state determined the programs weren't cost effective and decided some inmates were better housed on a county level. Despite the contract bid, the problem of prison overcrowding remains severe; Brown still faces potential contempt of court charges at a federal level.

CA Bill to Streamline Death Penalty Defeated: 
San Francisco Chronicle writer Bob Egelko reports that a measure to streamline California's lengthy and expensive death penalty process was defeated 5-2, Tuesday, on a party line vote in the Senate's Public Safety Committee. SB779 (Anderson) would have shortened the appeals process, removed the bureaucratic obstacles  to establishing protocols and eliminated the issues that have allowed judges to block executions since 2006.  Despite Californians voting to retain the death penalty last November, a majority of state legislators appear unwilling to end the unnecessary delay of executions or the millions wasted by the state's glacial post-conviction review process.  CJLF Legal Director Kent Scheidegger joined several state law enforcement leaders testifying in support of the bill. 

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"Despite Californians voting to retain the death penalty last November, a majority of state legislators appear unwilling to end the unnecessary delay of executions or the millions wasted by the state's glacial post-conviction review process."

Yet again, Democrats show their solicitude for capital murderers.

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