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"Tagging" or just hanging out -- busted either way?

LA Times

L.A.'s city attorney wants to give police the ability to arrest graffiti 'taggers' simply for hanging out together, without having to catch them in the act. The proposal raises constitutional issues.

AG Holder calls for cooperation, innovation in law enforcement

RTT News

Attorney General Eric Holder Monday called on law enforcement officials to embrace new techniques for fighting crime, but with an eye toward ensuring innovation is actually producing results.

Assembly to unveil revamped prisons plan

Capitol Weekly

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, has dramatically altered a prison proposal passed by the state Senate, removing some of the most contentious provisions of the Senate bill – including a plan for a new commission to set sentencing guidelines.

Corrections to issue 1,300 new layoff notices in wake of budget cuts

Sacramento Bee

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday it will issue 1,300 new layoff notices in Sacramento, Amador, Fresno and elsewhere after the assumed $1.2 billion cut to the department's budget.

Department chief of staff Brett H. Morgan announced details of the layoff plan in a letter to staff this afternoon.

Panel to study prison sentencing removed from spending package

LA Times

The action was taken by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. It was unclear whether Senate leader Darrell Steinberg would go along with the limited version. The sentencing review is one of his priorities.

Willie Horton haunts debate as California Assembly rejects prison cuts

Sacramento Bee

Willie Horton's shadow haunts the Capitol as lawmakers wrestle with how to cut $1.2 billion from state prisons without endangering public safety.

California Senate OKs plan to reduce prison population

LA Times

The proposal, opposed by the GOP, would cut the time lesser offenders spend behind bars and on parole. The bill stalls in the Assembly, where a watered-down version may be considered.

Area chiefs oppose early release of inmates

Contra Costa Times

Area police officials are part of a chorus of state law enforcement officers opposed to the governor's plan for the early release of 27,000 prison inmates

Prison spending cuts pose a political problem and, therefore, a math problem

www.californiascapitol.com

The budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, assumes that state prison spending will be reduced by nearly $1.2 billion – but doesn’t say how more than $631 million of that savings will be achieved.

California prison system "collapsing under its own weight," Schwarzenegger says

LA Times

In a visit to the Chino facility where inmates rioted Aug. 8, the governor complains that politicians have "swept the problem under the rug for so long."

Tough time finding candidates for cop jobs

Capitol Weekly

There are currently more than ten thousand vacant peace officer positions in California. And we can’t fill them, even in this depressed economy, with an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent.

Democrats prepared for prison vote today

Capitol Weekly

Legislative Democrats will push a commission to create a new system for prison sentences as part of Democrats’ prison overhaul plan, which will be voted on the floor of both houses Thursday.

Calif. won't send prisoners to Michigan

Detroit Free Press

California won't be sending its state prisoners to fill the maximum security prison in Standish, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said today.

Police Commission hosts meetings to pick new chief

CBS 2 News

You can help pick the replacement for L.A. Police Chief William Bratton.

California might act to jail more drug offenders

LA Times

Two weeks after federal judges ordered California to reduce its prison population, an arm of the Schwarzenegger administration is set to vote on increased funding to police anti-drug units, potentially putting even more offenders behind bars.

Legislature nears vote to cut state inmate total by 27,300

Sacramento Bee

Over objections from Republican lawmakers, the Legislature plans to take up a majority-vote prison package Thursday that is designed to reduce the state's inmate population by 27,300 and is backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Trutanich tries to keep low-profile image

Daily News

In his first six weeks as city attorney, Carmen Trutanich is slowly learning the way of big-city politics as he and his staff push his agenda. Trutanich has tried to adopt the same low profile as his main political mentor, District Attorney Steve Cooley, who generally stays out of the headlines.

Sgt. Crowley welcomed at Long Beach police convention

LA Times

Sgt. James Crowley, the white Massachusetts officer who arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., setting off a national debate about race, spoke briefly Monday at a convention of police officers in Long Beach where he was greeted with whistles and applause.

California lawmakers boost staff pay

Associated Press

Against a backdrop of deep fiscal distress, several state lawmakers, including those representing the San Fernando Valley, rewarded their employees with pay hikes during the first half of the year, an Associated Press review of legislative pay records showed.

California considering more GPS to track parolees

Sacramento Bee

State officials wrestling with efforts to reduce California's prison population - both because of budget cuts and federal court orders - are considering increased use of GPS monitoring to help keep some inmates from being returned to prison.

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