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LAPD Using New Computer Techniques to Predict Crimes

Posted on Jun. 30, 2014 by dchesley

The LAPD says they are now using a new tool to help them lower the crime rate. What the LAPD is calling “predictive policing” is a technique were the police use a computer that takes data from all types of crime in a specific area. Computer algorithms take this data and maps out 500 square…Continue reading

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California DNA Collection Law For Felony Arrests Upheld

Posted on Mar. 27, 2014 by dchesley

Much to the dismay of various civil liberties advocates who have challenged the law, a five year old California law that permits the collection of DNA sample during a felony arrest is being upheld. The samples may be collected without a judge’s review over the matter and even if criminal charges are not pressed or…Continue reading

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Victory in the Courts for Gun Rights Advocates in California

Posted on Feb. 25, 2014 by dchesley

On Thursday, the 20th, A federal appeals court overturned some restrictions that will allow gun owners to carry a concealed weapon. The majority of votes said that the restrictions imposed on gun owners are in violation of the 2nd amendments right to bear arms. This decision is being celebrated by gun rights advocates all over,…Continue reading

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California Punishes Sex Offenders Who Tamper With Their GPS Devices

Posted on Oct. 17, 2013 by dchesley

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California Governor Jerry Brown On Saturday Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring sex offenders who disarm or disable their GPS trackers while on parole to return to jail. A recent investigation showed that because of jail crowding many sex offenders who were detained for tampering with their GPS devices were released immediately after they were…Continue reading

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How the War on Drugs is Changing

Posted on Sep. 10, 2013 by dchesley

Currently, the United States imprisons more people than any other country, a large portion of U.S. prisoners are there because of drug sentencing policies that are not helping people in need, instead they are throwing nonviolent drug offenders into state prisons along with violent criminals. Because of the policies and mandatory minimums that are tied…Continue reading

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Loophole Fixed in California Rape Law

Posted on Aug. 21, 2013 by dchesley

Early this year in People v. Morales, the court overturned a rape conviction of a man who posed as a woman’s boyfriend as she slept in order to have sex with the victim. The court ruled that California’s rape law covered impersonators, however the court said, only when the impersonator acts as a spouse. Because…Continue reading

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Eric Holder Proposes Changes in our Justice Department

Posted on Aug. 13, 2013 by dchesley

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Attorney General Eric Holder Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a new policy in our Justice Department, under this new policy low level, nonviolent drug offenders who are not tied to gangs or drug organizations will no longer be charged with offenses that require mandatory minimum sentences. Holder revealed this new policy at the American…Continue reading

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California Releasing Around 1,000 Inmates Early.

Posted on Aug. 9, 2013 by dchesley

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Overcrowding in a CA State Prison California, currently under court orders to minimize the crowding of their prisons by the end of the year is facing a tough time figuring out how to relocate 9,600 inmates. Officials claim that they may be forced to free about 1,000 inmates before they complete their prison sentences. Many…Continue reading

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