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Report Links Realignment to Increase in Property Crime: A study conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California has linked the recent rise in property crimes to the state's prison realignment plan implemented by Governor Brown in 2011.  Beatriz Valenzuela of the Press-Telegram reports that while property crime rates nationwide have been declining over the past few years, property crimes such as motor vehicle theft, larceny, and burglary have risen in California by 7.6 percent.  The study also revealed that California's violent crime rate has also gone up since the implementation of Realignment after the state experienced a 45-year low in 2011.  

Some Georgia Inmates to be Re-Sentenced: An estimated 10 inmates incarcerated in Georgia prisons will need to be re-sentenced after a recent state Supreme Court ruling applied the U.S. Supreme Court's 2005 decision in Roper v. Simmons which announced that laws requiring a mandatory sentence life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for murderers under 18 were unconstitutional.  Michell Eloy of Atlanta PBS reports that the decision affects murderers who automatically received LWOP because they were under 18 at the time of the crime and could not be sentenced to death.  The murderers affected by the decision will likely receive life sentences with the option of parole. 

Missouri Murderer Granted Stay of Execution: The state of Missouri is seeking an en banc review of an 8th Circuit panel's stay of execution for a convicted murderer set to be put to death on Wednesday.  The panel was divided 2-1, Judge Beam dissenting.  Alan Burdziak of the Colombia Daily Tribune reports that attorneys for 41-year-old Alan Nicklasson are appealing his execution based on the claim that the state's execution protocol puts their client "at risk for a painful death."  The state's attorney general is hoping that the en banc court will lift the stay allowing Nicklasson's execution to be carried out as planned.

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