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Murder trial set to begin for boy who killed abusive Father: A 14-year-old boy accused of murdering his father four years ago will finally face a jury when his trial begins later this month.  The Associated Press reports that the boy, who was only 10 years old when he shot and killed his allegedly abusive father, will be tried in juvenile court and if convicted, faces being placed in state custody until he turns 21.  Only 13 states have minimum age requirements for children to be tried in juvenile court, New Mexico has no such age eligibility law. 

Texas murderers to be released from prison due to loophole: Hundreds of convicted murderers and other violent criminals are set to be released from Texas prisons due to a loophole in the law.  Geetika of ABC News reports that inmates convicted between 1977 and 1987 will be released after the number of days they have spent incarcerated and the number of days they have displayed "good behavior" equals out to one-third of their original sentence.  The law was changed in 1987 to only apply to offenders convicted of non-violent crimes, but the new rule only applies to those inmates convicted after 1987.

Realignment creates a revolving door for sex offenders: California governor Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan has resulted in a revolving door of sorts for parolees who have come to realize that the punishment for violating parole is only a night spent in county jail before getting released the next day.  Anderson Cooper of CNN reports that the prison realignment program has left county jails overwhelmed with inmates, forcing them to release for criminals, including registered sex offenders, who violate parole a few hours after their arrest.  This new policy has sent the message to parolees that their are no real consequences for breaking the rules.   

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