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The Los Angeles Times says more than 300 ex-prisoners have been released in the Lancaster area as part of state prison realignment to save money and reduce prison crowding.

Los Angeles County sheriff's compliance teams have been assisting the county Probation Department in supervising certain Lancaster parolees sentenced for nonviolent and non-serious crimes.

Deputy Michael Rust says 315 compliance checks resulted in 182 arrests and seizure of 13 firearms. The figures contrast with a report released this week by the Chief Probation Officers of California.

The report says fewer felons are skipping out on probation under prison realignment than under the state's old parole system.

At least nine Illinois prison inmates could be moved to facilities outside of the state. 

There were no TV cameras, no scrum of reporters, no protesters  and there was no swagger inside the courtroom when the typically brash Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio took the stand to face critics who say he and his deputies racially profile Hispanics.

Thursday, 12 July 2012 21:14

Dysfunction at L.A.'s jails

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It's no secret that the Los Angeles County jails are a mess. The FBI is looking into excessive use of force by sheriff's deputies.

George Zimmerman is staying in a safehouse in Seminole County after bonding out of jail for the second time, his attorneys said Sunday.

After shutting down completely Wednesday for a facility-wide disinfecting process, the Oneida County jail is mostly back to business as usual today, officials said.

Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:44

Can America Reduce its Prison Population?

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The current trend of prison downsizing in the United States may not succeed unless experts can advise policy makers promptly about which non-prison programs for convicts change offender behavior, says criminologist Joan Petersilia of Stanford Law School.

The graduates sat in neat rows Thursday, decked out in satin caps and gowns of blue and gold.

The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to sue the federal government for alleged mistreatment of immigration detainees at an Arizona jail.

The state is broke and the state corrections system is broken, but the latter is in the midst of a fix, Pennsylvania's top jailer said Sunday.