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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.

Workers left wondering who's running L.A. County Probation Department

LA Times blog

Workers in the troubled Los Angeles County Probation Department have spent several days wondering who is in charge of the department after receiving conflicting messages from management.

Panel looking to speed up DNA testing

Daily News

OPTIONS: Some urging that city use outside firms to help with backlog.

Video meant to rebut LAPD statements is bogus

LA Times

The attorney for the defendant in a handgun case concedes that a tape showing a license plate on the accused's car is a fraud. Police had pulled his vehicle over for lacking a plate.

Release of inmates is decried

Daily News

SAFETY: Reducing prison population, supervision `a disaster waiting to happen.'

Pension costs hit big-city budgets: LA, SF and SD


A wave of higher pension costs is hitting California’s three major coastal cities, prompting proposals to shore up future budgets with ballot measures in Los Angeles and San Francisco and eroding progress in San Diego, once dubbed “Enron by the sea.”

Schwarzenegger: Send prisoners to Mexico

LA Times

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger floated a different approach to trimming down California’s bloated prison budget on Monday: pay Mexico to build new prisons and ship off California’s incarcerated illegal immigrants south of the border.

California inmate release plan begins

Sacramento Bee

The state's controversial plan to reduce its prison population by 6,500 inmates over the next year begins today, with victims and law enforcement groups once again warning it will increase crime.

Broadcast journalists [heart] the LAPD!

LA Times Opinion

The Radio and Television News Assn. has handed out its Golden Mike awards for broadcast excellence for 60 years now, bestowing the latest hefty golden trophies at a dinner ceremony Saturday evening in Universal City. Among the winners: the LAPD's media relations department, which snagged a statuette in taking the RTNA's Freedom of Information award.

Cameras in LAPD cars are still just a vision

LA Times

The devices were called for after the Rodney King beating, but various chiefs and mayors failed to follow through. Testing is of a system is finally underway, but technical glitches snarl the effort.

Spare LAPD from the budget knife

LA Times Editorial

Times are tough, but funding the Police Department should remain a priority.

California controller: State will run out of cash before April

Mercury News

State Controller John Chiang issued a stern warning Friday about California's cash reserves, telling legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger they must act on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts the governor is seeking by March — or the state will run out of cash to pay its bills.

Judge: Polanski must come to L.A. to be sentenced in child-sex case

LA Times blog

A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced.

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