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Dormitory burns down in Chino prison riot

LA Times

55 inmates are taken to hospitals after a riot touched off by fighting among Latino and African American prisoners shuts down a 1,300-man unit of the California Institution for Men.

Bratton says L.A. voters got a bargain

Daily News

Like any bond measure approved by voters, there was wide skepticism if the city could deliver on its promises with Proposition Q, the $600 million bond measure approved in 2002 to build new police facilities around the city. As he prepares to depart in October, Police Chief William Bratton said the city not only delivered on the 14 facilities promised in the measure, it was able to find enough in savings to fund improvement projects at the Police Academy and Northeast Division, and provide a new separate facility for the Metro Division with remodeling at the old Rampart Division.

Just the facts, ma'am: A stamp for LAPD's "Dragnet"

LA Times blog

The United States Postal Service will begin selling a new "Dragnet" postage stamp on Tuesday, officials say.

Bratton says successor's biggest hurdles will be budget, gangs

LA Times

Discussing the LAPD's future a day after announcing his departure, Chief William J. Bratton reflects on his tenure, assesses possible successors and warms to the idea of his name on new headquarters.

Recession isn't over for California

Sacramento Bee

The layoffs tapered off in July and the economy seems poised for recovery. Except in California.

Fast police work led to suspect's arrest in Hollywood attacks

LA Times

Los Angeles police arrest Domingo Rodas, 53, Thursday afternoon in connection with the stabbing of four homeless men, two fatally.

Choosing the next L.A. police chief

LA Times

Villaraigosa, saying it will be his most important decision as mayor, favors a candidate who would largely continue the policies of the departing Bratton.

'Going Google' worries Los Angeles Police

InformationWeek

The LAPD isn't convinced that Google Apps is secure enough for its data. But Google says that its competitors are eager to see the deal delayed or derailed.

California scrambles to prepare for inmate release

Wall Street Journal

California state and local officials, already reeling from budget cuts and public-safety layoffs, are struggling with a federal order to release about 40,000 inmates to reduce prison overcrowding and bracing for the impact on their communities.

Bratton's exit poses a major challenge for L.A.

LA Times

The LAPD chief's surprise announcement that he will run a private security firm gives the city three months to find a replacement.

Crime in Hollywood Entertainment Corridor Drops by 26%

www.laist.com

Since the LAPD deployed 40 foot officers in the Hollywood and Highland area earlier this year crime has dropped considerably, city officials announced today.

Federal judges order California to release 43,000 inmates

LA Times

Federal judges call conditions in the prisons 'appalling' and unconstitutional. A reduction plan is due by mid-September.

Early release of prisoners results in more crime

Daily News Opinion

It is shocking that in order to save the state money, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other elected officials are contemplating a massive early release of prison inmates, the elimination of parole supervision for released prisoners, and a refusal to return inmates who violate parole to prison.

Bratton stepping down as Los Angeles police chief

Associated Press

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton says he's stepping down after a seven-year tenure in which he instituted major reforms of the once-scandalized police department. Bratton announced Wednesday he is leaving Oct. 31 with three years left in his second five-year term.

138 in Cincinnati police department face layoffs

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati police could take the biggest hit in layoffs this year to make up for the city’s $28 million deficit.

Judges order state to release nearly 43,000 prisoners in next two years

LA Times blog

California’s prisons are so overcrowded that the state is violating inmates’ constitutional rights, three federal judges ruled today in a decision imposing a cap on the prison population that will force the state to release nearly 43,000 prisoners over the next two years.

City of Laredo, Texas asking police, firefighters to wait on raises

KGNS News

The City of Laredo is asking the firefighter and police unions to wait a couple of months for their pay increases.

National Night Out focuses on strenghtening public safety

Daily News

Aiming to strengthen their ties with local communities, law enforcement agencies around the country are hosting events tonight to mark National Night Out and inviting residents to join them.

Clerical error may have put suspect in Burk's slaying back on street

LA Times

Charles Samuel could have been serving life in prison under the state's three-strikes law for a 1997 burglary, but his rap sheet reflected only one prior strike when he had two, officials say.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over toddler's death

LA Times

In a victory for the LAPD, a judge throws out a suit filed by the mother of a 19-month-old girl killed by a SWAT officer's bullet during an attempted hostage rescue in 2005.

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