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CA Town Sees Increase in Crime Rate Under Realignment: Police in Fairfield, CA is dealing with increasing rates of robberies and violent crimes, and the city's police captain believes a big contributor to the increase is Governor Brown's Realignment plan.  Ian Thompson of the Daily Republic reports that along with increases in violent crimes, the city has also been afflicted with a 43 percent increase in arson, a 25 percent increase in auto theft and a 10 percent increase in burglary.  City police have partnered with county sheriffs officers to keep tabs on felons that have been released from state custody, noting that the large majority of people arrested last year were individuals released under Realignment.  

Police Make Arrest in Fatal TN Package Bombing: Authorities in Tennessee have announced they have made an arrest in the case of a couple that was killed when a bomb exploded in their home earlier this week.  The couple's son-in-law has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.  Matt Smith and Tom Watkins of CNN report that 74-year old retired lawyer Jon Setzer was killed on Monday after a package placed in his mailbox exploded as he was walking back into his home, his wife, 72-year-old Marion Setzer, was critically injured in the explosion and died in the hospital a few days later.  Police arrested the couple's son-in-law, 49-year-old Richard Parker, who lived next door. He is being held in county jail on $1 million dollars bond.
Florida Legislation Targets Sexual Predators: New laws focusing on sexual predators are quickly moving through the Florida Legislature, however, there is resistance from state Democrats regarding mandatory minimum sentencing.  Matt Dixon of the St. Augustine Record reports that the bill would increase the mandatory minimum sentence for dangerous sexual felony offenses from 25 years to 50 years.  Democrats are suggesting that these offenders instead be placed in long-term treatment programs with an opportunity to be released in less than 50 years.  Other laws focusing on sexual predators are also under consideration.  Other bills would eliminate the statute of limitations for sex-related crimes where the victim is under 16 and remove the ability for offenders convicted of violent sex crimes to earn good time to reduce their sentences.

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