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  • Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts

    05/12/2014 8:16:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics detailing all of the criminal convictions of the more than 36,000 immigrants released from custody last year. The numbers show that the criminals released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had amassed more than 15,000 drunken-driving convictions, 1,317 domestic violence convictions, 727 sex crimes convictions and even four that the statistics listed as “treason, sabotage.” The immigrants were in deportation proceedings, meaning ICE was trying to remove them from the country and could have held them in detention, but released them anyway,
  • Judge says ex-cons under supervision have the right to vote (Alameda County CA)

    05/07/2014 8:47:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 7, 2014 3:09 pm | Paige St. John
    An Alameda County judge has ruled that Secretary of State Debra Bowen erred when she told California election officials to forbid some 42,000 former prisoners and other felons from registering to vote. Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo’s decision Wednesday likely comes too late to permit former state inmates and others put under community supervision because of the state’s prison overcrowding to register in time to vote in the state’s primary elections. […] The case centers on Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision in 2011 to make room in the state’s crowded prisons by creating new classes of offenders—low-level felons who serve their...
  • Certain Prisoners to Get Health Coverage Under ObamaCare

    10/16/2013 6:49:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 08, 2013 | William La Jeunesse
    Certain prisoners to get health coverage under ObamaCare Prisons could relocate medical costs to the federal government LOS ANGELES — Soon certain prisoners who need medical treatment could get it through Obamacare. Watch the video (go to link) for more information.
  • Companies Sued For Trying To Avoid Hiring Convicts

    06/12/2013 5:28:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Editorial
    In 1963, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King said it was his hope that black Americans would no longer be judged on their color of their skin, but on the content of their character. Fifty years later, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says King got it wrong. The EEOC launched two lawsuits against private companies this week over their use of criminal background checks, claiming that in rejecting applicants with proven criminal records, they somehow discriminated against minorities under a disparate impact clause in their guidelines. Aside from the inherent and insulting racism in that presumption...
  • NAACP Seeks UN Investigation of US Election Laws

    10/01/2012 9:04:45 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) demanded that the United Nations launch an investigation into the United States “racially discriminatory election laws.” At issue is the loss of voting rights for convicted felons. “This is unfair because minorities are disproportionately affected,” Lorraine Miller, Chairperson of the NAACP national board’s advocacy and policy committee complained. “Just because a person is a criminal doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a voice in government.” “A democracy must reflect the views of all the people—honest and dishonest alike—if it is to be truly representative,” Miller argued. “Disenfranchising a segment of the...
  • California convicts brawl in Oklahoma prison (California 'Exporting' It's 'Finest' To You!)

    10/13/2011 8:53:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/13/11 | Henry K. Lee
    SAYRE, OKLA. -- A brawl among California inmates housed in a prison in Oklahoma because of overcrowded lockups back home resulted in 46 injuries, authorities said Wednesday. The fighting broke out Tuesday at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, Okla., about 130 miles west of Oklahoma City. The prison holds 2,381 inmates, all from California, .. Inmates were involved in fights at various locations throughout the 2,500-bed, medium-security prison, .. Jackson said 46 inmates were hurt, 30 of whom were treated at the prison. Sixteen were taken to hospitals, three in critical condition. The injuries ranged from "normal scratches...
  • S.F. jury convicts MS-13 gang members

    08/30/2011 5:41:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/30/11 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's biggest gang trial in many years ended today when a jury convicted six men of racketeering and conspiracy as members of MS-13, a crime organization that waged war against rivals and defectors in San Francisco's Mission District and was found responsible for at least three 2008 murders. A seventh defendant, Walter Cruz-Zavala, was acquitted. The six men face up to life in prison when sentenced Nov. 30. Jurors deliberated for a week after a federal court trial that lasted more than four months. Prosecutors portrayed the young men as leaders or soldiers of a heavily...
  • Georgia governor suggests ex-convicts replace immigrants as farm workers

    06/15/2011 4:19:25 PM PDT · by arderkrag · 48 replies
    The Washington Independent ^ | 06.15.11 | Nicolas Mendoza
    On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released the results of a survey that he had requested from the state agriculture commissioner on farm labor shortages in Georgia. The survey found that there are approximately 11,080 unfilled farm jobs in the state. In response to the report, Deal suggested that people who are on criminal probation could fill the job openings: “There are 100,000 probationers statewide, 8,000 of which are in the Southwest region of the state and 25 percent of which are unemployed.” According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, although probationers in Georgia are required to find employment if possible, state...
  • Brown v. Plata will free CA convicts

    05/23/2011 11:32:10 AM PDT · by docbnj · 17 replies
    Supreme Court website ^ | 23 May 2011 | Supreme Court of the United States
    “To comply with the PLRA, a court must set a population limit at the highest level consistent with an efficacious remedy, and it must order the population reduction to be achieved in the shortest period of time reasonably consistent with public safety.”
  • US court convicts Al-Haramain officials

    09/19/2010 9:19:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Arab News ^ | 9/19/10 | Ghazanfar Ali Khan
    RIYADH: A US court has convicted Pete Seda, cofounder of the Riyadh-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Oregon, of tax fraud and conspiracy, while another US court has dismissed the foundation's co-director Soliman AlButhi in the 9/11 terror-funding case filed by the families of victims of the attacks. "Such judgments indicate a sharp contrast in the American position and explicitly explain how Islamophobia is on parade in the US," said Thomas H. Nelson, the attorney representing AlButhi.
  • Local Ex-Convicts Can Help Clean Up Oil

    06/27/2010 8:29:23 AM PDT · by FromLori · 8 replies
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local nonprofit organization is looking for ex-convicts to help clean up oil washing ashore in the Panhandle. Operation New Hope, which helps men and women recently released from prison find work, has a new contract that allows it to help hundreds of ex-offenders get a second chance. On Friday, instructors explained to a group of ex-offenders what to expect when they leave Sunday for Pensacola. They have their gear, gloves and 40 hours of beach cleanup training under their belts.
  • Saudi convicts 15 men, women for mingling at party

    06/22/2010 5:02:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | 6/22/10 | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI
    RIYADH -- Judicial officials say a Saudi court has convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and sentenced them to flogging and prison terms. The men, who are between 30 and 40 years old, and three of the women, who are under the age of 30, were sentenced to an unspecified number of lashes and one or two year prison terms each. The fourth woman, a minor, was sentenced to 80 lashes and was not sent to prison.
  • Saudi convicts young man for kissing woman in mall

    06/10/2010 11:03:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 165+ views
    seattlepi ^ | 6/10/10 | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi court convicted a man and sentenced him to four months in prison and 90 lashes for kissing a woman in a mall, a government-owned daily reported Thursday. Saudi religious police arrested the man and two women after seeing them on mall cameras "engaging in immoral movements in front of other shoppers," the Al-Yom newspaper said. The man, who is in his 20s, was seen with a woman "sitting on one of the chairs, exchanging kisses and hugs." It was unclear what the other woman was doing. Neither the man nor the women were identified...
  • Ewe Will Never Get Us Back in Prison

    04/14/2010 8:44:32 AM PDT · by twister881 · 10 replies · 540+ views
    The Sun ^ | 13 April 2010 | Virginia Wheeler
    Two escaped convicts have dodged a huge manhunt - by disguising themselves as sheep. The pair dressed in full sheepskin fleeces, complete with heads, to lie low among farm flocks. Robbers Maximiliano Pereyra...and Ariel Diaz...stole the sheep hides from a ranch after breaking out of an Argentinian maximum security prison a week ago. And they have managed to evade the 300 cops on their trail - despite locals seeing them running through fields at night. Police say spotting the pair among thousands of sheep is "almost impossible." But one warned: "They can't pull the wool over our eyes forever."
  • NY votes for inmate community organizing

    11/04/2009 9:15:04 AM PST · by paltz · 7 replies · 541+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 11/4/09 | Kerry Picket
    In the midst of New York's 23rd District race, a disturbing amendment allowing inmates to volunteer for non-profits was given the thumbs up from New York voters by an overwhelming 67 percent. According to the New York Times, The amendement would allow New York's State Legislature to write a law allowing prisoners to volunteer at churches, social service groups, and other nonprofit organizations. As of December of 2008, around 60,000 inmates are currently serving time in the state's correctional facilities, according to New York's Department of Correction
  • PRISONER RECIDIVISM: A GENUINE SOLUTION TO AN AMERICAN EPIDEMIC

    10/24/2009 9:41:01 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 14 replies · 629+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 10/24/2009 | David Koch
    The average length of stay until expected release of parole violators that are recommitted with a new felony conviction is 36.71 months.[1]Ohio. Based upon this figure, the cost to incarcerate is $94,834 per recidivist in this demographic. The total incarceration cost alone for these recidivists is between $35.8 and $58.7 billion. Can prisoner recidivism realistically be reduced to a figure below ten percent? It can’t happen overnight, but yes, it can. With state and federal budgets for departments of rehabilitation & corrections reaching incendiary levels, the need to implement new and innovative programs has become profound.
  • Census Workers' Fingerprints Get Closer Look

    10/13/2009 8:46:26 PM PDT · by Saije · 5 replies · 512+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/13/2009 | Carol Morello
    The head of the Census Bureau said Tuesday that the number of convicted criminals who were hired to check home addresses this summer is probably fewer than the 200 estimated by the Government Accountability Office. Robert Groves said the bureau is trying to determine whether it is feasible to require a second security check on job candidates whose fingerprints cannot be read the first time they are run through the FBI database. The bureau is spending $100 million this year checking fingerprints, the first time it has done so for temporary workers. Last week, the GAO said it estimated that...
  • Atlanta jury convicts man of aiding terror groups

    08/12/2009 10:08:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,030+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/12/09 | Greg Bluestein - ap
    ATLANTA – A 23-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of aiding terrorist groups by sending videotapes of U.S. landmarks overseas and plotting to support "violent jihad," after a federal jury rejected his arguments that it was "empty talk." The Atlanta jury found Ehsanul Islam Sadequee guilty of all four charges he faced after about five hours of deliberations that began Tuesday afternoon. Sadequee, who could face up to 60 years in prison, is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 15. He stared silently after the verdict was read, and relatives and supporters in the courtroom had no immediate comment.
  • State to Stop Imprisoning Illegal-Immigration Repeat Offenders

    03/04/2009 5:35:20 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 21 replies · 633+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | March 3, '09
    California corrections officials say the state will no longer spend the estimated $10 million a year it costs to lock up undocumented immigrants with prior convictions who reenter the country illegally after being deported. In the past, the state kept them on parole after deportation and incarcerated them for parole violations when they reentered the country illegally. But a federal court has ordered California to reduce the population of overcrowded prisons.
  • San Bernardino County May Sue San Francisco Over 'Dumping' of Convicts

    07/05/2008 7:15:00 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 337+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 4, 2008 | David Kelly and Maria L. LaGanga
    San Bernardino County officials vowed Thursday not to become a dumping ground for San Francisco criminals, saying they may sue that city for exporting juvenile offenders to local group homes. "The county is exploring every option to recoup all our police expenses," said county Supervisor Gary Ovitt. "This lunacy needs to stop now." Ovitt, joined by other officials at a news conference in San Bernardino, expressed anger over recent revelations that San Francisco sent illegal immigrant cocaine dealers from Honduras to group homes in Yucaipa. Eight juveniles walked away from the homes. One was recaptured in San Francisco this week,...
  • LA jury convicts Hollywood private eye in racketeering case (Anthony Pellicano)

    05/15/2008 1:07:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 304+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/08 | Greg Risling - ap
    LOS ANGELES - A Hollywood private investigator was convicted Thursday on charges that he schemed to dig up dirt for his well-heeled clients to use in lawsuits, divorces and contract disputes against the rich and famous. Anthony Pellicano, 64, was accused of wiretapping stars such as Sylvester Stallone, and running the names of others, such as Gary Shandling and Kevin Nealon, through law enforcement databases to help clients in legal and other disputes. Pellicano was convicted of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy counts. Verdicts on dozens of other counts were still being announced in court. The indictment charging Pellicano and his...
  • Peru court convicts 4 for 1992 massacre (members of the Colina death squad)

    04/08/2008 7:40:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 111+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/08 | Monte Hayes - ap
    LIMA, Peru - A Peruvian court on Tuesday convicted a general and three members of a death squad of kidnapping and murder in a ruling that prosecutors say could set a precedent in the trial of former President Alberto Fujimori. The four were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 15 to 35 years in connection with a 1992 massacre, but the three-judge panel absolved another member of the death squad and three officers accused of providing support for it. The verdict made no reference to a ninth man charged in the case. The judges found the three former soldiers and...
  • French court convicts 5 ex-Gitmo inmates

    12/19/2007 9:46:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 96+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/07 | Pierre-Antoine Souchard - ap
    PARIS - A court convicted five former inmates of Guantanamo on terrorism-related charges on Wednesday, but did not send any of them back to prison in France. A sixth man was acquitted, and his lawyer said he would try to win reparations from Washington for his time at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Also on Wednesday, three longtime British residents were released from Guantanamo and flown to Britain. London police arrested two on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, while the third was detained for questioning. The ruling in France capped proceedings that seemed at times like a...
  • Ex-Convicts Plead Guilty in Plotting Attacks on Military Sites

    12/15/2007 12:26:21 AM PST · by Westlander · 6 replies · 244+ views
    My Fox Detroit ^ | 12-14-2007 | FOX
    Two men accused of plotting behind prison walls to launch attacks on military sites, synagogues and other targets in 2005 pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to wage war against the United States. Washington, Patterson and Samana — who attended the same Inglewood mosque — are accused of conducting surveillance of military sites, synagogues, the Israeli Consulate and El Al airline facilities in the region, as well as doing Internet research on Jewish holidays, prosecutors said in 2005.
  • (Yemeni) Court convicts 32 al-Qaida suspects (planned attacks on oil and gas installations)

    11/07/2007 8:08:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 179+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/7/07 | Ahmad Al-Hajj - ap
    SAN'A, Yemen - A Yemeni court convicted Wednesday 32 al-Qaida suspects of planning attacks on oil and gas installations in the country, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 15 years. Four others were acquitted. Six of those convicted remain at large and were tried in absentia. The prosecution had charged the group, all from Yemen, with forming an armed gang and planning attacks against oil installations with rocket-propelled grenades in September 2006. The trial opened in March and authorities did not disclose when or how they were arrested. Three of them claimed they were tortured and forced to...
  • French court convicts euthanasia doctor

    03/15/2007 8:57:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 312+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/15/07 | AP
    PERIGUEUX, France - A French court convicted a doctor Thursday in the poisoning death of a terminally ill cancer patient, in a trial that has raised the issue of euthanasia in France's presidential race. The court in southwestern Perigueux gave Dr. Laurence Tramois a one-year suspended prison sentence in the Aug. 25, 2003 death of Paulette Druais in the nearby town of Saint-Astier. Euthanasia is illegal in France. But as the trial opened earlier in the week, the Socialist Party said its presidential candidate, Segolene Royal, will push for a law to allow euthanasia under certain conditions if she is...
  • U.S. Convicts High-Ranking United Nations Official of Money Laundering Conspiracy

    03/07/2007 6:05:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 558+ views
    U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/07 | U.S. Department of Justice
    NEW YORK, March 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A jury in Manhattan federal court convicted Vladimir Kuznetsov of conspiring to commit money laundering, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia for the Southern District of New York announced today. The jury returned a guilty verdict after less than one hour of deliberation. Prior to his arrest in September 2005, Kuznetsov served as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions at the U.N. and was the highest-ranking Russian diplomat at the U.N. The evidence at trial proved that from 2000 through June 2005, Kuznetsov laundered over $300,000 in criminal proceeds obtained by...
  • Italy tribunal convicts 10 in massacre (former members of the Nazi SS, 1944 slaughter, 700 people)

    01/13/2007 12:50:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 614+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/07 | AP
    ROME - A military tribunal on Saturday convicted 10 former members of the Nazi SS in the 1944 slaughter of more than 700 people near Bologna — the worst civilian massacre in Italy during World War II, news reports said. The 10 received life sentences for murder, while seven others were acquitted, the Italian news agency ANSA and state-run RAI television said. But none of the men was in custody. They were tried in absentia, and all are believed to be living in Germany. The defendants, one former officer and 16 enlisted personnel of the 16th SS Division, were tried...
  • Sheriff's Pink Duds Have Inmates Vowing to Reform

    10/10/2006 5:56:23 PM PDT · by Chicos_Bail_Bonds · 19 replies · 1,232+ views
    WOAI ^ | 10-10-06 | crAP
    Sheriff's Pink Duds Have Inmates Vowing to Reform MASON, Texas (AP) - Three county inmates in the jail here lay on their bunks, not saying much. They wore pink jumpsuits and pink slippers, and one was wrapped in pink sheets. They were surrounded by pink bars and pink walls. They were not comfortable. Despite the cramped condition of the tiny jail, the inmates said sitting there was better than working outside, where they might be seen by people they know. Using pink uniforms in a pink jail is a small step to deter inmates from ever wanting to spend more...
  • Jury convicts four in Aryan Brotherhood murder, racketeering case

    07/28/2006 6:33:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 737+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/28/06 | Greg Risling - ap
    A jury convicted four alleged leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang Friday on charges of murder, conspiracy and racketeering in a federal case aimed at dismantling the violent white supremacist organization. The four defendants did not show any reaction when the verdicts were read in a 15-minute proceeding. Most jurors, who deliberated for two weeks, either looked down or away from the defendants. The trial is part of one of the largest federal capital cases, with more than a dozen people potentially facing the death penalty. More defendants face trials in Los Angeles later this year. Barry "The Baron"...
  • CCCI CONVICTS 12 INSURGENTS; ONE SENTENCED TO DEATH, FOUR SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

    05/23/2006 8:07:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 500+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Central Criminal Court of Iraq convicted 12 security detainees May 10 through May 16 for various crimes including organizing, heading, leading, joining armed groups, murder and possessing illegal weapons. The trial court found Mahdi Ahmed Musa Ali al Jabouri guilty of violating Article 194 and Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code for organizing, heading, leading, joining armed groups and murder, and sentenced him to death. Coalition Forces apprehended him for leading a terror cell in Mosul. The defendant said he believes in killing Coalition Forces, Iraqi Police and Iraqi National Guard members because he says...
  • Rep. Habay gets 6-12 months, resigns House seat

    02/09/2006 6:14:46 AM PST · by MurryMom · 36 replies · 1,010+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 9, 2006 | Steve Levin
    Former state Rep. Jeff Habay, R-Shaler, was sentenced yesterday to six to 12 months in prison and four years' probation for ordering his staff to conduct campaign work on state time. The sentencing by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning came just hours after Mr. Habay, a six-term legislator, resigned his $69,647-a-year seat.
  • Federal jury convicts anti-tax crusader (Irwin Schiff)

    10/24/2005 8:29:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 806+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/24/05 | Ken Ritter - ap
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Anti-tax crusader Irwin Schiff and an associate were found guilty Monday of charges including conspiracy, tax evasion and tax fraud that could get each of them decades in federal prison and millions of dollars in fines. Schiff, 77, who argues that paying taxes is voluntary, was handcuffed and led from U.S. District Court after a jury found him guilty of all 13 charges. "There's no reason to put me in jail," Schiff told Judge Kent Dawson, whose patience was tested while Schiff served as his own lawyer during the five-week trial. "I'm not a flight risk....
  • Mariel Déjà vu

    09/21/2005 1:33:14 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 4 replies · 534+ views
    Conservative Truth.Org ^ | September 19, 2005 | Tom Barrett
    Mariel Déjà vu By Tom Barrett, September 19, 2005, Www.conservativetruth.org In 1980, when thousands of Cubans left Cuba for the United States, Castro emptied his prisons and mixed them with the legitimate refugees. He foisted his undesirables on an unsuspecting United States. When Hurricane Katrina approached the coast of Louisiana, the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans did much the same thing to the generous and unsuspecting people who took in their refugees. According to network news reports, unlike other states Louisiana has no rational plan for dealing with prisoners in the event of an evacuation. Most...
  • Prisoner transfer program plagued by escapes - Inmates are put on buses alone; some flee on trip

    05/22/2005 2:33:51 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 36 replies · 844+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 22, 2005 | Joe Cantlupe and Dave Hasemyer
    When federal prison officials decided to transfer drug dealer Dwayne Fitzen from one prison to another, they bought him a one-way bus ticket from Minnesota to California. They trusted that the convict known as "Shadow" would check himself into Lompoc Federal Correctional Institution at the end of the two-day trip last fall. What happened next may come as no surprise. Fitzen got off the bus in Las Vegas and vanished. The U.S. Marshals Service considers him "armed and dangerous" and has added him to its growing list of convicts who escaped while traveling alone by bus. Already in San Diego...
  • CA: Thousands of convicts to avoid DNA samples (ACLU'd by Prop 69 'defect')

    04/27/2005 5:59:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 309+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/27/05 | David Kravets - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's ex-cons are not required to submit DNA samples under a sweeping anti-crime measure voters approved last year, as civil rights groups had feared, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Fern Smith's decision, released Wednesday in San Francisco, reinforces an opinion by the state attorney general's office that Proposition 69 does not apply to the thousands of convicts who served time for crimes and completed their post-incarceration supervision before voters passed it Nov. 2. The class-action was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which sought to clarify a statewide initiative approved by California voters...
  • CA: Unions, injured workers to protest workers' comp changes

    04/17/2005 6:27:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/17/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A year ago, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed sweeping changes in the state's workers' compensation system, he promised the legislation would protect workers, save billions of dollars and root out fraud and waste. On Tuesday, unions and other groups representing injured workers will mark the first anniversary of those changes with rallies at the Capitol and Schwarzenegger's Los Angeles office. They'll be protesting, not celebrating. The changes, they say, have made things worse for employees who suffer job-related injuries, particularly in the way the administration has been implementing the new law. "The biggest issue we are going...
  • Michigan pulling ex-con records from Web

    03/10/2005 9:23:34 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 3 replies · 614+ views
    ap ^ | 3-10-05
    Michigan pulling ex-con records from Web 3/10/2005, 12:38 a.m. ET The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state Corrections Department says it is purging its public Internet database of the names of 215,000 ex-convicts who have completed their parole or probation. The Offender Tracking Information System has about 120,000 searches a day. On March 21, the prison system is removing the names of those who are no longer in custody or on probation and parole, department spokesman Russ Marlan told the Detroit Free Press. That would delete the records for such people as Grammy-winning rapper Eminem, who received one...
  • VIP's to Australia - Israel President and the Royals.

    02/27/2005 1:30:30 PM PST · by Red Sea Swimmer · 2 replies · 241+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28th February, 2005 | Staff Writer
    VISITS to New South Wales by three royals and a president would generate priceless international publicity for the state's tourism industry, Premier Bob Carr said today. Australian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her husband Prince Frederik will today attend a state luncheon in Sydney as part of their trip to Australia. Israeli President Moshe Katsav will arrive in Sydney this morning, and Britain's Prince Charles, who is due to arrive in Perth tonight, will visit Sydney on Friday and the NSW town of Gunning on Saturday. "While we are honoured to host the tours, there can be no underestimating...
  • Fast-track deportations set a record

    02/24/2005 4:59:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 583+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 2/24/04 | Michael Marizco
    A system that rushes criminal illegal entrants back to Mexico helped push the number of deportations from Eloy to record numbers last month, immigration officials said Wednesday. "Stipulated removal" allows an illegal entrant convicted of a crime to be deported within days instead of weeks and that's at least partly credited for the deportation in January of 766 entrants who committed felonies, said Russell Ahr, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The system gives convicts the opportunity to not contest their deportation if they were going to be deported anyway, he said. Under U.S. felony-deportation rules, illegal entrants and...
  • WI Teachers Union to bus teachers to Kerry Rally in Madison WI during working ? Convention.

    10/27/2004 2:28:08 PM PDT · by UB355 · 28 replies · 1,121+ views
    Presidential candidate John Kerry will hold a rally on West Washington between Broom and Bedford streets on Thursday. It is currently scheduled for about noon, with gates opening at 10:00 a.m. WEAC will be providing bus transportation to and from the rally, with buses leaving from the Alliant Energy Center. The buses will begin shuttling members at 10:30 a.m. More information will be posted as it becomes available
  • Must inmates be allowed to vote?

    08/14/2004 1:52:24 PM PDT · by schaketo · 33 replies · 1,399+ views
    Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, AZ ^ | Aug 12, 2004 | U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl
    Once again in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - the same collection of activist judges in San Francisco who ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is illegal and tried to overturn California's "three strikes and you're out" law - has handed down a decision that leaves the rest of us collectively shaking our heads. In Farrakhan v. Washington, the court found that a "statistical disproportionality" in the racial composition of prison populations constitutes a form of discrimination in violation of the 1982 Voting Rights Act. In other words, the fact that minorities are disproportionately represented in prison populations amounts...
  • ACT Just Called Me

    07/28/2004 7:04:01 PM PDT · by randog · 12 replies · 1,117+ views
    randog ^ | 7/28/04 | randog
    ACT (Americans Coming Together) just called me for a phone survey. ACT is the outfit that hired ex-cons to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives until their covers were pulled.Anyway, this lady asked me who I was going to vote for, how strongly I felt about my choice, was there any chance in hell I would vote for Kerry, which national issue I thought was most pressing, etc. At the end of the conversation she thanked me and I told her to hold on, I had a question for her. I asked her if ACT was the organization that hired ex-cons...
  • Phyllis Schlafly: How the Democratic Party plans to win in 2004

    01/27/2004 10:36:46 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 28 replies · 224+ views
    Townhall ^ | 27 January 2004 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Despite President George W. Bush's high poll numbers, the Democrats think they have the key to winning the 2004 elections. Get the votes of convicted felons. Don't laugh; the Democrats are deadly serious. The nation's 4 million convicted felons could be enough to swing the November election. Surveys show that the overwhelming majority would vote Democratic if they could, so felons are a voting bloc that Democrats are just itching to harvest. In addition to providing the magic bullet to elect their candidates in November, this issue reprises all the sour grapes whining by Democrats about the president winning Florida...
  • Inmates Attack More Officers

    12/19/2002 8:53:27 PM PST · by mass55th · 9 replies · 409+ views
    The Citizen (Auburn, New York) ^ | 12/19/02 | John Haughey and Joey West / Staff Writers
    AUBURN, NEW YORK At least five more corrections officers were attacked by inmates Wednesday in the second day of Auburn Correctional Facility's lockdown, while local representatives questioned allegations made by state union officials Tuesday that an officer was bitten by an HIV-infected inmate and that prison officials were slow to respond to signs of mounting violence. State Department of Correctional Services Spokesman James Flateau said Wednesday five officers were attacked in two incidents as a cell-by-cell search for weapons, drugs and other contraband continued. Two of the five assaulted officers were treated at Auburn Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and...
  • The Canadian Supreme Court

    08/04/2002 7:57:13 PM PDT · by shamus11 · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Numbertwelve web site ^ | August 4th, 2002 | James Bredin
    In Canada, Supreme Court appointees are never questioned about their special interests or biases. Appointees are secure in their well-paid and powerful positions until they are 75 or die. Their decisions change more laws in Canada than parliament makes. The prime minister, who introduced the "notwithstanding" clasuse in parliament in 1982, has never used it to avoid this advancing judicial dictatorship. These unquestioned judges change the laws and therefore make the laws -- not the politicians.