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Prisoner with violent record headed to L.A. area hospital

LA Times blog

State officials have decided to release a prisoner with a history of violent crimes to a local hospital over the objections of Los Angeles County supervisors.

Los Angeles gets more wireless surveillance cameras

Government Technology

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) completed this month an installation of 23 wireless surveillance cameras in high-crime areas.

County Hears Update on New Parolee Program


State prisoners being paroled to Los Angeles County have more serious mental illnesses than anticipated, and about half of those in need of attention are refusing treatment, county officials told the Board of Supervisors today.

2 Inmates With Ties To LA Area Escape From Northern CA Prison

CBS Los Angeles

Two minimum security inmates with ties to the Los Angeles area have escaped from a Northern California prison.

Rough start for parolee transfers

LA Daily News

The first month of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan has been problematic in Los Angeles County, where understaffing forced probation officers to double their caseloads and sheriff's deputies were not given authority to arrest no-show parolees until just a few days ago.

CHP officer shot, suspected gunman killed near Sacramento

Associated Press

A California Highway Patrol officer was shot twice and wounded Sunday on a highway south of Sacramento, and moments later local police shot and killed the suspected gunman as he sat in his overturned car with two dogs, authorities said.

L.A. County jails may be out of room next month

LA Times

The state law that shifts prisoners to local authorities means the Sheriff's Department may release thousands of inmates awaiting trial. A new way of identifying the least risky ones is in the works, Baca says.

Ohio voters reject public-union limits

Wall Street Journal

Voters on Tuesday defeated by a wide margin a law that would have restricted the powers of unions representing teachers, police officers and other public-sector workers.

Buscaino tops 15th District race, will face Furutani in runoff

Torrance Daily Breeze

In one of the most closely watched Harbor Area political contests in years, Los Angeles police Officer Joe Buscaino and Assemblyman Warren Furutani emerged as the top vote-getters Tuesday in a crowded field to fill Janice Hahn's vacant Los Angeles City Council seat.

Bullet proof vest maker pays $1 million penalty for selling defective products

Government Security News

A maker of bulletproof vests that contained Zylon agreed to pay $1 million in fines for knowingly selling products it knew severely degraded over time, said the U.S. Department of Justice on Nov. 7

Supreme Court to weigh juveniles' life sentences without parole

LA Times

In two cases involving 14-year-olds convicted in homicides, the justices could further bolster the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

D.A.: Conrad Murray unlikely to serve 'appropriate' sentence

LA Times blog

It is unlikely that Dr. Conrad Murray will serve a lengthy stint behind bars, L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Monday after the physician’s conviction in the death of Michael Jackson.

Convicted LA serial killer found guilty of 3 more 'Southside Slayer' murders in 1980s, 1990s

Associated Press

A man convicted of four “Southside Slayer” serial killings was found guilty Thursday of strangling three more victims in a series of attacks stretching over a decade.

LAPD renews call for help in Grim Sleeper case

LA Times blog

Top Los Angeles police officials Wednesday evening renewed their call for help from the public to identify possible victims of alleged serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr.

Report shows economy has significant impact on public safety

National League of Cities

The U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office released a study this week that reveals the economic state of cities has eroded the manpower of police forces and their ability to respond to public safety concerns.

Reform could transfer hundreds of inmates out of isolation units

California Watch

Hundreds of California prisoners locked in stark segregation units could be transferred to regular prison cells under new policies being developed by state corrections officials.

Most nonviolent offenders turned over to Sacramento County committed serious crimes

Sacramento Bee

The majority of criminal offenders sent to Sacramento County under a new law have serious criminal backgrounds – in contrast to how the law was promoted, county officials say.

405 Freeway Closure Starts Tuesday Night


Bridge work and the replacement of overhead freeway signs will close a six-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway beginning Tuesday night.

Los Angeles jails see surge in inmates

Associated Press

Authorities are keeping a wary eye on swelling inmate populations as hundreds of extra criminals are sent to Los Angeles County jails under a broad shakeup of California's corrections institutions.

Economic woes take toll on U.S. police departments

USA Today

WASHINGTON – By year's end, nearly 12,000 police officers will have lost their jobs, and 30,000 positions in county and municipal departments will go unfilled, both direct consequences of a faltering economy that has forced deep cuts in local government budgets.

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