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Inmate Population Rising Under Realignment: The number of inmates being sent to California prisons is on the rise despite three years under Governor Brown's Realignment law was enacted to reduce prison overcrowding.  Don Thompson of the Associated Press reports that there has been a record-setting increase in the number of second convictions for serious and violent crimes resulting in more criminals being sentenced  state prison. The state's current prison population is at 133,000, and is expected to increase to 143,000 by 2019.

Federal Judge Denies Stay of Execution: A federal judge has denied a motion to stay the execution of a Missouri man convicted of murdering two people more than a decade ago.  Alan Burdziak of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports that attorneys for Earl Ringo challenged his sentence and asked the judge to reopen his case.  The attorneys claim that they were not given enough time to plan a proper defense after his original lawyer was removed from the case.  Ringo is scheduled to be executed on September 10.   

Suspected Cop Killer Recently Released on Parole: The New York man believed to be responsible for Wednesday's fatal shooting of a police officer was released from prison and placed on parole only a few weeks ago.  The Associated Press reports that Thomas Johnson III shot the officer after a brief pursuit in Rochester Wednesday evening.  It was the first time since 1959 that an officer from that department was killed in the line of duty.  Johnson was released from prison in August after serving a year behind bars for a parole violation.

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I cannot understand how prosecutors could deliberately be "thwarting" Realignment my convicting a larger number of reciprocated with prior serious/violent felonies. Strikes don't have to be pled and proven to preclude a felon from local time under Realignment. If you have a strike, even if the prosecution dismisses it for a plea or the judge strikes it, you go to prison. One wonders if the lack of supervision under PRCS/parole, and the lack of consequences for violations (180 days at halftime maximum) might be a better explanation.

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