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CA Legislators Kill Realignment Reforms:  Bills introduced by two Democrat lawmakers to make much needed reforms of California's Realignment law were killed at their first hearing Tuesday.  Brad Branan of the Sacramento Bee reports that AB1449 by Assemblyman Manuel Perez, D Los Angeles, and AB1901 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D Torrance, were supported by virtually every professional law enforcement organization in the state.  The Perez bill would have required the more intense supervision on state parole for inmates released from prison who had a prior conviction for a serious felony. The Muratsuchi bill would have given judges the authority to determine if a criminal convicted of a new felony should be placed on state parole or Realignment's new name for probation, Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS).  Since Realignment took effect in 2011, several thousand violent and serious felonies and tens of thousands of theft and drug-related crimes have been committed by prison inmates released to light supervision on PRCS instead of state parole.  Unmoved by these facts, the Democrat majority on the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted down both bills.

Second Man Charged in Nursing Student's Disappearance: A second man has been arrested and charged in the 2011 kidnapping and murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo.  Brian Wilson of the Tennessean reports that 39-year-old Jason Autry, who is currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated aggravated assault was indicted Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping after witness statements linked him to the crime along with Zachary Adams, who was arrested and charged in Bobo's death last month.  Bobo was abducted outside of her home in April 2011, and while her body has yet to be recovered, authorities say they have strong physical evidence that may result in the future arrests of more suspects.

MT Teacher's One-Month Rape Sentence Overturned: A Montana teacher who served just 31 days in jail for raping a 14-year-old girl may be headed back to prison after the state's Supreme Court ordered him to be re-sentenced.  Matthew Brown of the Associated Press reports that high court's decision will require the defendant, Stacey Dean Rambold, to serve a minimum sentence of two years in prison.  It is likely that the sentencing court will give Rambold an longer sentence.  Rambold's victim, who happened to be one of his students, killed herself in 2010 while Rambold was awaiting trial.

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