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Realignment to Blame for Increase in Early Jail Releases: In an effort to relieve over-crowding caused by Governor Brown's Realignment plan, county jails across the state are being forced to release inmates at alarming rates-in Los Angeles County alone, male inmates are released after serving as little as 10% of their sentences while females are released after serving just 5%.  Paige St. John of the Los Angeles Times reports that on average, California county jails release more than 13,500 inmates early each month, leaving some to label the state's criminal justice system as a revolving door for criminals.  Just this week, authorities were forced to release a woman who snuck onto an airplane and flew to Los Angeles from Northern California after she served just three days out of her 117-day sentence.

Recently Released Rapist Charged in Home-Invasion: A New York man recently released from prison after serving 23 years behind bars for a rape conviction has been charged with breaking into a home and violently attacking a woman.   Denise A. Raymo of The Press-Republican reports that 40-year-old Timothy Jaworski has had a lengthy past with police in both New York and Massachusetts, and has served multiple prison sentences for home invasions, rape, and larceny.  Jaworski is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.

Convicted Murderer Loses Appeal for a New Trial: A Nevada man convicted of murdering a food deliveryman more than a decade ago will not get a new trial after the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court and reinstated his conviction.  Steve Timko of the Reno Gazette-Journal reports that 33-year-old Ryan Oshun Moore appealed his conviction based on the claim that the jury presiding over his case were not given the definitions of words such as 'willful', 'premeditated' and 'deliberate.'  Moore was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after twenty years.

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