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Condemned Ohio Killer Seeks to Donate Organs: A convicted child killer set to be executed later this week has asked that his organs be donated to his ailing mother and sister.  Andrew Welsh-Huggins of the Associated Press reports that Ronald Phillips, who was sentenced to death for the 1993 rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl, is asking that his kidney and heart be donated to members of his family in an effort to make a final "gesture for good".  The spokeswoman for the Ohio State Prison agency has declined to comment on the situation .

Thousands of L.A. County Probationers Unaccounted For: Los Angeles County has lost track of roughly 2,000 probationers released under Realignment, a rate that is relatively higher when compared to other Southern California counties.  Beatriz Valenzuela of the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that county probation officers have been left with an overwhelming number of felons they are now responsible for watching, a job which prior to Realignment was handled by the state.  After Realignment was passed in 2011, Los Angeles set aside money in order to hire 470 additional probation officers, but as of today, only two-thirds of those positions have been filled.    

Death Row Inmate Denied Clemency: An Oklahoma man convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of two elderly women has been denied clemency, and is scheduled to be executed next month.  Tim Talley of the Associated Press reports that 53-year-old Ronald Lott viciously attacked his victims more than 26 years ago, and was denied clemency by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board by a 4-1 vote.  Lott, who is scheduled to be put to death on December 10, will be the fifth Oklahoma inmate to be executed this year. 

New York Expands Sex Offender Registry: New York's sex offender registry will now display multiple photos of convicted sex offenders in an effort to make them more recognizable to both the public and law enforcement officers.  Matt Gryta of The Buffalo News reports that the expansion to the digital database will allow law enforcement to better monitor the 36,336 sex offenders currently registered in the state.  Previously, only one photo per offender was displayed on the state's registry website.  

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