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California bill targeting molesters would cost millions

Associated Press

A state corrections department analysis of a bill being considered by California lawmakers has found that mandating life sentences for some child molesters and lifetime parole for others would cost tens of millions of dollars annually after the first decade.

Police: Ohio man, son killed Ark. officers

Associated Press

An Ohio man's resentment of authority and run-ins with the law prompted a local sheriff to warn that he may be dangerous if confronted by law enforcement. Years later, it appears the sheriff was right.

Prison critics seize upon ex-con arrest

San Diego Union-Tribune

The case of Leonard Scroggins, a Northern California sex offender who police suspect in a brazen rash of South Bay robberies and kidnap attempts, is prompting new complaints about the state’s handling of serial criminals.

LAPD honors 17 officers with Medal of Valor

LA Times

Seventeen Los Angeles police officers, including those involved in a 2008 hostage rescue attempt in which a SWAT officer was killed, received the department's highest honor for bravery in the line of duty Thursday.

Unions to spend $100M in 2010 campaign to save Dem majorities

The Hill

At least two influential unions will spend close to $100 million on the 2010 election, with most of those funds going to protect incumbents.

Could the SWAT-related death of a 7-year-old have been avoided in Detroit?

Pajamas Media

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was accidentally shot during a police raid of an alleged murder suspect. Could her death have been avoided?

LAPD criticized for closing four evidence rooms

CBS-2

The Los Angeles Police Department is closing four evidence rooms Friday, but data will continue to be stored at the department's 17 other stations.

Schwarzenegger's proposal on prison healthcare draws criticism

LA Times

Opponents say the plan to put inmate care in the hands of the UC system and medical schools could put doctors at risk and lead to high costs and malpractice suits.

CalPERS delays vote on $700-million increase in state contributions

LA Times

The state pension board wants to study the effects of a hike on the state budget.

Bill requires diversity in Calif. pension funds

Associated Press

California's public pension funds would have to report the ethnicity and gender of some of the outside investment managers they hire under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Thursday.

9 cited in West LA immigration rights protest

Associated Press

Nine immigration-rights protesters have been arrested after blocking the street in front of a West Los Angeles federal building near UCLA.

350 immigrants held more than 6 months while fighting deportation, U.S. says

LA Times

ACLU sought detainees' names as part of a class-action lawsuit seeking their release until the cases are resolved.

Budget battles divide a normally unified L.A. City Council

LA Times

After the hawks find the votes to cut 761 jobs, a union coalition aligned with the doves hints that its members will take action at election time.

LAPD watchdog vows to erase backlog in use-of-force reports

LA Times

Police Commission's inspector general is supposed to report the agency's findings for every instance of an officer firing his weapon or using serious force. About 240 cases have not been reviewed.

Arizona official threatens to cut power to LA

LA Daily News

Incensed that the City Council approved an economic boycott of his state, an Arizona official has threatened to have utilities there withhold power sales to Los Angeles.

Randal Simmons one of LAPD officers to receive Medal of Valor

LA Daily News

It was February 6, 2008, a fateful day for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Auditor says unused leave could cost prisons $1 billion

California Watch

Unused leave and vacation time could cost the state's prison system anywhere between $546 million and $1 billion in coming years – a problem exacerbated by understaffing and furloughs...

California auditor's report figures in medical parole issue

Sacramento Bee

A report from California State Auditor Elaine Howle on Tuesday found that specialty health care for prisoners cost the state $734 million in 2007-08, a figure that advocates say bolsters the case for a medical parole system for incapacitated inmates.

CalPERS warned about lower investment returns

Sacramento Bee

CalPERS was told Monday to expect lower investment returns over the next 10 years, a development that could put more pressure on taxpayers and workers to increase contributions to the pension fund.

Supreme Court: 'Sexually dangerous' should stay behind bars

USA Today

The Supreme Court ruled federal prisons can hold sexually dangerous offenders beyond their prison terms.

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