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Teen Charged in Oklahoma "Thrill Kill" Appears in Court: One of the three teenagers charged with fatally shooting an Oklahoma college student last summer has indicated he will testify against the other two teens involved in exchange for a reduced charge.  Reuters reports that all three boys were charged as adults with first-degree murder after authorities say they shot 23-year-old Christopher Lane, an Australian student-athlete studying at East Central University, in the back while he was jogging, leaving him on the side of the road to die.  One of the teens, 16-year-old James Edwards Jr., told police the group shot Lane "for the fun of it."  It was Edwards who made the plea deal.

Public Testimony to Begin on Alaska Crime Bill: Alaska's Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hear public testimony today on a crime bill aimed at slowing down the state's increasing incarceration rate by reducing recidivism.  Matt Buxton of News Miner reports that the bill focuses on rehabilitating offenders before they are released back into society with things like a 24/7 sobriety program and an expanded probation program for high-risk drug parolees.  Currently, Alaska has the highest recidivism rate in the country, and has roughly 2/3 of felons returning to prison within three years of their release.

Under Realignment, no Rehab for Thousands of Felons: LA Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers is worried that the roughly 15,000 inmates diverted from state prisons to Los Angeles County jails under Realignment may result in increased crime.  Christina Villacorte of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that under Realignment, after thousands of felons serve time in county jail rather than state prison, they are released back into the community without  participation in rehabilitation programs or supervision.  Since Realignment took effect in October 2011, Los Angeles County has overseen the probation of 20,000 offenders that previously would have been monitored by armed state parole agents and perhaps faced mandatory rehab and psychiatric treatment.  Powers feels that releasing these untreated felons back into society only increases recividism and the county jail population.  


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