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Released by Overcrowding, Arrested Again:  Over 400 inmates accused of crimes have been released from the Washington County jail in Oregon this year due to overcrowding.  Amy Frazier of KOIN reports on this spike, which is significant when compared to the total of three inmates who were forced released in 2011 and 2012.  Of the 164 inmates who were released during the first half of 2013, 15 of them (about 9%) were arrested in the county for new crimes.  The sheriff's office plans to monitor these findings while they continue to search for more solutions to overcrowding.

Mexico Releases DEA Agent's Killer After 28 Years:  After 28 years in prison, drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero of Mexico walked free when a court overturned his 40-year sentence for ordering the 1985 kidnap and torture murder of US DEA agent Enrique Camarena.. Adriana Gomez Licon of the Associated Press reports that both the U.S. Department of Justice and Mexico's Attorney General expressed concern over the decision, but the DEA is committed to ensuring that Caro Quintero will face charges in the United States for his crimes.  Quintero is a founder of one of the earliest and largest drug cartels, and U.S. authorities suspect that collusion and bribery occurred within the Mexican court system which expedited his release.

Dallas County Begins Fast-tracking Domestic Violence Cases:  The Dallas County felony court is now fast-tracking cases of family violence and those with child victims in an effort to prevent future attacks.  Jennifer Emily of Dallas Morning News reports that as domestic violence cases get older, they become weaker and victims' trauma inevitably increases.  State judge Rick Magnis says that the county has an "optimistic goal" of moving defendants with a high risk for future family violence through the courts within six months of an indictment.

Prosecutors to seek Death Penalty for Inmate Murder: Missouri prosecutors will seek the death penalty for an inmate accused of murdering a fellow prisoner.  The Associated Press reports that 24-year-old Terry Volner murdered an elderly inmate after the men were moved into the same cell.  Volner was already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after murdering a 4-year-old boy in 2011 and dumping his body in a sewage lagoon.

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