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BJS DATA: RELEASING PROPERTY OFFENDERS EQUALS MORE VIOLENT CRIME
New data released yesterday by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) indicates that property offenders released from prison are rearrested for committing violent crimes nearly at the same rate as violent criminals. >>
HIGH COURT TO REVIEW TEXAS MURDERERíS MENTAL RETARDATION CLAIM
The U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument Tuesday, Nov. 29, to decide if a Texas murdererís claim that the stateís current standard for determining if he is exempt from execution by reason of mental retardation should be broadened to comply with new standards announced by two private associations. >>
CA SENTENCING REFORMS KEPT COP KILLERS ON THE STREET
Policies which reduced the sentences of thousands of repeat criminals are causing increased violence in California, including contributing to the murders of police officers in Palm Springs and LA last week. CJLF notes that prior to the adoption of AB109 these criminals would have been eligible for more time in prison or jail for their most recent offenses and therefore would have been off the streets. >>