Parolee Charged With Rape One Day After Release: A Rochester man has been charged with multiple counts of rape for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on a street, just one day after being released on parole. The AP reports that Michael Carunthers was paroled after completing just over two year of a 2½ to five year sentence for robbery. He faces up to 50 years in prison for the rape charges.
Felon Voting Bill Passes AL House: A bill that would create a list of the felony offenses that would cost criminals their voting rights was approved Tuesday by the Alabama House of Representatives. Tim Lockette of the Anniston Star reports that the changes to the state's 1901 Constitution would classify murder, rape, drug and terrorism charges, theft and bigamy as felonies that would revoke one's voting rights. The bill was one of seven election-related bills sponsored by Republicans in the state.
Jail Overcrowding Bill Heads To Committee: California State Senator Ted Gaines is sponsoring a bill authorizing county sheriffs to contract with any state, county, private jail or prison system in the United States to transfer inmates from counties whose jail or prison population is over 80 percent capacity. Davis Brenda of the Record Searchlight reports that SB 171 is scheduled to go before the Senate Public Safety Committee on May 12. Sen. Gaines is unsure of what the specific costs for a transfer would be, but believes the money will come out of the state's general fund.
Early Releases Up 37% After Realignment, Audit Says: The California state auditor has reported data showing that the number of inmates being released by county jails has increased by 37 percent since the passage of Realignment, or AB 109, three years ago. The AP reports that in June 2014, 14,000 prisoners were released in one month compared to 10,200 in September 2011. The audit also shows that while Realignment ultimately helped to lower the state's prison population, the population in county jails increased by 16 percent, which prompted thousands of early releases.