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MS Killer Wins Last Minute Stay:  CBS News Crimesider reports that Willie Jerome Manning was given a stay of execution by the Mississippi Supreme court hours before he was set to die. In 1994 Manning was convicted of shooting college students Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller to death. Despite what the Mississippi attorney general's office described as overwhelming evidence, FBI agents reported that there were errors in its expert testimony regarding ballistics and hair analysis. Miller's family was en route to view the execution when they were informed of the indefinite delay.

Shasta County Considers Realignment Criminal Housing Plan: 
According to a report from the Record Searchlight, Shasta County is set to vote on an investment plan for subsidizing post-release housing of AB109 criminals in their county. The contract will allocate up to $544,250 to Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, for a housing assistance program in conjunction with a newly opened local corrections center.  It is hoped the plan will help curb recidivism by giving qualifying offenders subsidized rent, under the terms that they work to gain employment, stay sober and, if able, eventually pay back the subsidy.
San Mateo Courts Struggle Under AB109:  Callie Shanafelt reporting for the California Health report says San Mateo County courts are struggling under AB109 due to a perfect storm of budget cuts, higher caseloads, overcrowded jails and a workforce diminished by over 30 percent. Judges have expressed frustration saying that with limited sentencing options and little actual jail time, their sentences are rendered meaningless.  Although a new jail is being built to increase capacity, funding remains scarce and San Mateo Presiding Judge Robert Foiles says justice and public safety of citizens will be affected by the limited capability of the courts to operate effectively.

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