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AB 109: Los Angeles County grapples with challenges of prison realignment

ABC7

It's been a year since California started its federal court-ordered mandate to reduce its prison population, which has put mounting pressure on county jails and probation departments.

L.A. County supervisors question probation supervision after Northridge slayings

LA Daily News

The L.A. County Probation Department will have to answer tough questions after a man supposed to be under its supervision allegedly killed four people in Northridge last week.

Northridge shooting suspect was on probation, promised to avoid guns

Pasadena Star News

The lead suspect in the fatal shootings of four people in Northridge promised a judge in September that he would stay away from guns when he was placed on probation for a methamphetamine charge, according to court records.

Jackie Lacey sworn in as L.A.'s first woman and African-American district attorney

LA Daily News

Jackie Lacey took the oath of office Monday as Los Angeles County's first woman and first African-American District Attorney since the office was created in 1850.

Fewer police, more burglaries in Oakland

SF Gate

Oakland's over-the-top homicide rate is only the most obvious problem when it comes to the city's explosion in crime.

Unions hail demise of Riordan pension-reform ballot measure effort

LA Times blog

Representatives of Los Angeles city labor unions on Monday hailed the announcement that former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan had pulled the plug on his ballot measure effort to roll back pension benefits for city employees, calling it an expensive and poorly thought out proposal.

Riordan abruptly ends bid to get L.A. pension measure on ballot

LA Times blog

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's push for a May ballot measure to cut pension benefits of city employees abruptly collapsed Monday, with a spokesman saying Riordan had suspended signature-gathering efforts.

Holiday Safety Tips From the LAPD

Brentwood Patch

Take precaution of you and your valuables when out shopping or at home during the holiday season.

FBI Report: 72 Officers Feloniously Killed Last Year

Police Magazine

Seventy-two officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2011, compared with 56 from the year before, the FBI announced today.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan hasn't studied cost of pension reform initiative

LA Daily News

Former Mayor Richard Riordan's plan to dramatically revise the city's three pension systems was developed without an actuarial study that would determine the costs of any new system.

Riordan Pension

CNS

Former Mayor Richard Riordan today accepted a challenge from the city's police officers' union to a series of debates about the merits of his proposed pension overhaul, which could go before voters in May.

Riordan accepts police union's pension debate challenge

LA Times blog

Multimillionaire businessman and former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan has accepted a police union's challenge to put his mouth where his money is.

iPhone helps LAPD track down robbery suspects

ABC7

A stolen iPhone helped police track down a gang of robbery suspects involved in a crime spree in the Hollywood area Sunday night.

Proposition 34: Death penalty repeal fails

San Jose Mercury News

California voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have repealed the state's death penalty.

Labor defeats anti-union initiative Prop. 32 in California

LA Daily News

California voters have reaffirmed their support for unions in defeating a provision that would have banned the way labor traditionally raises money to fund political activity.

District attorney race: Alan Jackson concedes to Jackie Lacey

LA Times blog

Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson early Wednesday conceded defeat in the race for Los Angeles County district attorney against veteran prosecutor Jackie Lacey.

Fewer prison inmates eligible for transfer to county jails

California Watch

As California struggles to meet a court-ordered reduction of its prison population, newly released figures show corrections officials overstated the number of low-level offenders eligible to be diverted to local jurisdictions as part of Gov. Jerry Brown's public safety realignment plan.

Crime increases in Sacramento after deep cuts to police force

NY Times

At first, it seemed just an unwelcome nod to frugality. Overtime for police officers was reduced. Vacant positions went unfilled.

LAPD Announce Reward for Information on Tillett Murder

Intersections South LA

The Los Angeles Police Department and city of Los Angeles announced a $50,000 reward on Thursday for anyone with information about the individuals responsible for the murder of Dennis Tillett, 24, on July Fourth in South Los Angeles.

More paroled felons stay clean, but revolving door continues

LA Times blog

The rate of California prisoners committing new crimes after release has continued to drop, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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