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Bill Would Provide Condoms in CA Prisons: State Assembly members have approved a bill that would allow condoms to be distributed to inmates in California prisons, setting the stage for a decision to be made by Governor Brown who vetoed a similar measure last year.  Sharon Bernstein of Reuters reports that the bill, which still needs to be passed by the state Senate, would allow inmates in state prison to have access to condoms, even though current law makes it illegal for inmates to have sex, regardless of consent.  Governor Brown has not indicated whether or not he intends to sign the revised bill.

Claim: Inmate Faked Suffocation During Execution: The attorney for Dennis McGuire, an Ohio man executed nearly two weeks ago, has been temporarily suspended after it was revealed the McGuire told prison guards that his attorney told him to exaggerate the pain felt during his execution.  The Associated Press reports that McGuire, who was sentenced to death for raping and killing a pregnant woman in 1989, told guards that his attorney wanted him to feign suffocation during his execution in the hope that it would lead to the abolishment of the death penalty.  The execution, which used a new combination of drugs never tried before in the U.S., sparked controversy after members of McGuire's family sued the state claiming he suffered undue cruelty.

Criminal Free Under Realignment Suspected in Attempted Murder: Officers with the Solano County Sheriff's Department have arrested 32-year-old Nicholas Cornwell, who is currently on Post Release Community Supervision, after he was identified as the individual wanted in a brutal altercation that left another man with a critical stab wound to the neck.  Ryan McCarthy of the Daily Republic reports that Cornwell, who already had a warrant out for his arrest for violating his PRCS, was arrested after officers saw him walking around wearing a bullet-proof vest.  Cornwell was booked into county jail on charges of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of body armor, and violating terms of his release.

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