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Violence on the Rise in CA Jails Under Realignment: California jails are seeing an alarming increase in inmate violence since they began housing offenders who prior to Realignment would have served their sentence in state prison.  Don Thompson of the Associated Press reports that inmate fights and attacks on jail staff have risen exponentially since the implementation of Governor Brown's Realignment plan on October 1, 2011.  Since Realignment, the county jail in Sacramento County has seen assaults against jail staff increase by 164 percent, while Los Angeles County has experienced a 44 percent increase in inmate-on-inmate assaults.

Man Released From Jail One Day Before Causing Fatal Accident: An Illinois man accused of driving under the influence of drugs and killing a pedestrian had been released from jail just one day prior to the incident.  Roger Starkey of The Metro Independent reports that 32-year-old Shaun Schmierbach had been arrested seven days before the accident for multiple probation violations and was sentenced to six days in jail, allowing him to be behind the wheel a vehicle the following day when he hit and killed a pedestrian.  Schmierbach has been charged with 25 traffic violations in St. Clair County, Illinois since 1997.

Senate Set to Vote on Banning Plastic Weapons: After members of the House voted to renew a ban on plastic weapons earlier today, the Senate will now make the final decision on whether or not to extend the ban that has already been in place for the last 25 years.  Fox News reports that the bill would renew a 1988 measure banning the manufacture, import, or sale of any firearm that can't be identified with a metal detector.  Plastic weapons gained attention recently after a blueprint for a 3-D printed pistol was created in May and made available to the public on the internet, resulting in more than 100,000 downloads. 

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