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More Florida Inmates Forging Documents to Gain Early Release: Seven inmates in Florida's prison system have attempted to facilitate their early release by using forged documents.  Fox News reports that prison officials are attempting to gain control of the situation by verifying early-release orders with multiple sources prior to an inmate's release.  Last week, two inmates serving life-sentences for murder, were released ahead of schedule and on the run for more than a week after successfully forging release-documents.

California Gets Extra Month to Address Prison Overcrowding: A panel of federal judges has granted Governor Brown an additional month to reduce its prison population.  Don Thompson of Associated Press reports that judges pushed back the deadline requiring the state to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates from January to February 2014.  Governor Brown has asked for a three-year delay in the court-ordered population reduction in order to allow proposed rehabilitation programs a chance to work.  

Florida Killer Given Execution Date: A Florida man who has been on the state's death row for nearly 40 years is now scheduled to die on December 3, 2013.  The Associated Press reports that Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formally known as Thomas Knight, was convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1980 while he was already on death row for two previous murders he committed six years earlier.  Despite being convicted in multiple murders, the death warrant signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott only refers to the case involving the murder of the correctional officer.

ATF Blows Grenade Walking Case: Photo evidence turned over to Congress earlier this week shows a stash of grenade parts and ammunition that was smuggled across the US/Mexico border by a man who was detained and questioned by ATF agents, and then released.  Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News reports that the ATF had been tracking Jean Baptiste Kingery, an alleged drug cartel arms dealer, and intercepted his massive grenade purchase and marked the weapons before delivering them to him in hopes of being able to follow him to his elusive weapons factory.  The ATF's plan failed, suggesting that the federal agency was more interested in making a big case than protecting public safety.  

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