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New Body Armor Ban For Felons Cruises Through State Senate

LA Weekly

The state senate on Thursday unanimously approved a law that would again outlaw body armor for felons. The legislation was first written and proposed by Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, and Valley Sen. Alex Padilla is carrying it in the senate.

William Bratton launches global security firm Monday

LA Times

As chairman of Altegrity Risk International, the retired LAPD chief has tapped a former L.A. councilman and a former deputy police chief to fill key roles.

Private prison company finds gold in California

Capitol Weekly

In the intensifying debate over budget-driven releases of state prison inmates, the state’s cash problems are well known. But at least one private correctional company is reaping major rewards.

Plan to cut L.A. jobs would hurt neighborhood councils and art programs, report shows

LA Times

Faced with a nearly $200-million gap, budget officials are looking at a 50% cut at the department that oversees local panels, reductions in library staff and trims at the Cultural Affairs Department.

Lee Baca: Reducing prison penalties threatens public's safety

Daily News Opinion

OUR economic problems and California's budget crisis have impacted every level of government: state, county and city. Painful cuts have been and will continue to be made in all areas. Inevitably up and down the state, counties and local governments are looking at another year of reduced budgets and additional cuts. I write this to share with you what impacts these cuts will have on public safety and on our communities.

Hahn urges LAPD chief to assign officer to handle San Pedro graffiti

Daily Breeze

Harbor-district Councilwoman Janice Hahn is urging Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to assign one patrol officer to handle graffiti in San Pedro and Wilmington.

Assembly approves measure that would require rape witnesses to report crime

Contra Costa Times

The state Assembly passed legislation Wednesday that would require anyone who observes a violent crime to report it to authorities. The Witness Responsibility Act now moves to the state Senate.

State parole board rejects release of 'Onion Field' killer

LA Times blog

The state parole board this evening rejected a bid for release by Gregory Powell, who was convicted in the 1963 slaying of Los Angeles Police Officer Ian Campbell near Bakersfield.

L.A. officials clear the way for LAPD to hire more DNA analysts

LA Times

The mayor and City Council plan to eliminate a backlog of untested rape evidence. But available funds will allow the hiring of just 11 staffers, not the 26 originally sought.

State high court OK's 'John Doe' arrest warrant based on DNA

Sacramento Bee

In a groundbreaking case out of Sacramento, a split California Supreme Court ruled Monday that the use of a DNA profile to identify an unknown suspect in an arrest warrant is a legitimate way to beat the deadline for filing criminal charges.

Within South L.A.'s killing zone, a haven from violence

LA Times

A mile-wide area bounded by Hoover Street, Halldale Avenue, 73rd Street and 85th Street in Vermont Knolls has had no homicides in the last three years while 28 slayings have occurred nearby.

Suspect ordered to stand trial in Lily Burk's slaying

LA Times

Charles Samuel, 50, is accused of kidnapping and killing the teen in July 2009. A coroner's official testifies that Burk had wounds all over her body, indicating she struggled with her attacker.

Crime rates are falling because police have taken responsibility for making it happen

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund blog

When you look at the history of homicides over the past 20 years, the results are staggering.

Is the prison plan a threat to public safety?

San Diego News Room

About 260 inmates were released yesterday in San Diego County as part of a plan to reduce California’s prison population by 6,500 inmates this year. Under the new regulations put in effect Monday, low-risk offenders will not be regularly supervised by a parole officer and they will not be returned to prison for technical violations.

Police nab parolee believed to be "fake mustache bandit"

Daily News

Los Angeles police today announced the arrest of a 57-year-old parolee believed to have committed more than a dozen robberies in Los Angeles and Kern counties attributed to the "fake mustache bandit."

Pot deal puts noses out of joint

Daily News

After years of wrangling, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a medical marijuana ordinance that slaps tougher restrictions on pot clinics and will likely shut down hundreds of dispensaries across the city.

LAO: Schwarzenegger's prison-higher ed plan 'ill-conceived'

Sacramento Bee - Capitol Alert

In a four-page review, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said today that lawmakers should reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed ballot measure to dedicate more money to public universities than prisons.

California's illegal immigrant inmates, by the numbers

Sacramento Bee - Capitol Alert

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's suggestion on Monday to build a prison in Mexico raised several questions, not least of which was how many illegal immigrant inmates in California actually have Mexican citizenship.

Parole hearing Wednesday for `Onion Field Killer'

Daily Breeze

A parole hearing is scheduled Wednesday for "Onion Field" killer Gregory Powell, who was convicted of murdering a Los Angeles police officer south of Bakersfield in 1963 after abducting him and his partner.

Union's radio ads target Fresno Co. jail cuts

Fresno Bee

The correctional officers’ union has mounted a public relations campaign about inmates released early from the Fresno County jail, right as county supervisors are expected to take up the issue.

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