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FL Corrections Seeks to Re-Open Facilites: The Florida Department of Corrections is asking the state Legislature for $59 million in order to re-open prison facilities that has been closed in an effort to save money. CBS Miami reports that despite decreasing crime rates, the Department of Corrections is experiencing an increase in admissions to the prison system which the state believes will result in a demand for more than 1,000 extra prison beds by 2014.  In all, the Department of Corrections is asking for the state to re-open nine facilities; two prisons, five work camps, and two reentry centers.

No Decision on Death Penalty for Boston Bomber: Federal prosecutors have declined to say whether or not they have recommended the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Erin Baldassari of Wicked Local Cambridge reports that prosecutors set a self imposed deadline of October 31st to make the call, however, US Attorney General Eric Holder may wait until January 31st to decide whether or not to pursue a death sentence.  Seventeen of the 30 charges filed against Tsarnaev carry a possible death sentence. 

Repeat Offender Arrested in Violent Attack: A Northern California woman, who authorities say was released from custody just six weeks ago,  has been arrested in an attack that left an elderly man dead and his wife in critical condition.  Kim Minugh of the Sacramento Bee reports that 36-year-old Shauna Burton had been sentenced in July to 120 days for a domestic violence charge, a crime considered non-serious under Realignment, but was released only 53 days later and put on light-supervision under PRCS (Post-Release Community Supervision).  Burton, who has an arrest record dating back to 1997, was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, car theft, and violation of probation.

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