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GPS monitoring adds safety, but also false sense of security in cases
WKRN-TV
GPS monitoring devices are used to track dangerous and high risk offenders, but the devices can be circumvented, sometimes leading to devastating consequences. When Edward Tarras Jr., accused of multiple sexual offenses against minors, found a bail bonding company to put up his $600,000 bond they attached a GPS monitor to his ankle to keep a close watch on him. Tarras was set to appear in court in August, but he cut off his GPS monitoring device and vanished.
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Hundreds of inmates freed from California jails after voters pass Prop. 47
KPIX-TV
A ballot measure passed by voters has already freed hundreds of inmates from California county jails after their felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors. Sheriffs across the state immediately began implementing the Proposition 47, which calls for treating shoplifting, forgery, fraud, petty theft and possession of small amounts of drugs, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
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High Court urged not to intervene on bail for immigrant felony suspects
TucsonSentinel.com
Opponents of an Arizona law that denies bail to felony suspects who are in this country illegally urged the Supreme Court to let stand a lower court ruling that overturns the ban. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and the ACLU of Arizona were responding to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to stay the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision while Maricopa County officials prepared a formal appeal to the high court.
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Court rules against high bail bond requirements based solely on severity of crime
The Associated Press via The Republic
New Mexico's highest court has ruled that judges can't impose high bail bond requirements for criminal defendants solely on the seriousness of the crime. The state Supreme Court made the ruling in the case of an Albuquerque man charged with murder who remained in jail awaiting trial for more than two years because he couldn't afford a $250,000 bail bond.
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Witness in Pennsylvania homicide held on $1 million bond
GoErie.com
The roaming is over for a key yet uncooperative witness in a fatal Erie, Pennsylvania, shooting. A judge has jailed the witness, Javon Martin, 31, who was captured in Tennessee two weeks ago, on a $1 million material witness bond. Martin, who is at the Erie County Prison, is to testify in the case against Dominic S. Diaz, 24, who is accused of homicide and other charges in the death of Hercules B. Rieger, 39, outside a club on Aug. 23.
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Police: LAPD detention officer arrested in bail solicitation scheme
Los Angeles Times
An Los Angeles Police Department detention officer has been arrested on suspicion of accepting compensation from bail agents in exchange for information about inmates booked at the Van Nuys Jail, authorities said. Leonard Ramirez, 42, was taken into custody for bribery and participating in the bail solicitation scheme, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
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Judge ponders dangerousness of cross-country rape suspect from Southbridge
Worcester Telegram
A Southbridge, Massachusetts, man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl before allegedly embarking on a multistate crime spree remained in custody while a judge considers whether he poses a danger to the community. Prosecutors are asking that Gregory J. Lewis, 26, be deemed a danger and that he be held without bail for up to 120 days as he awaits trial on charges of sexually assaulting the 13-year-old and kidnapping and beating his 67-year-old stepfather and stealing a 9mm handgun from him.
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Oscar Pistorius may be forced to stay in jail because he has no ankles for electronic tag
The Daily Mail
Oscar Pistorius may not get early release from his gang-ridden jail where he is fed rations of buttered bread because the electronic tagging device cannot be fitted securely to his prosthetic leg. The revelation came as South African prosecutors said their request to appeal the athlete's manslaughter conviction and five-year prison sentence would be heard Dec. 9. The runner had hoped he would qualify for home detention curfew with a tag after serving just 10 months of his sentence.
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Family of missing Oklahoma bounty hunter still seeking justice
Tulsa World
Law enforcement officials are asking for help solving the death of Troy Neidhart, a bounty hunter and father of three, who vanished in September 2002 under mysterious circumstances. Neidhart's family, including his parents and three grown daughters, were on hand as archaeologists working with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation sifted dirt through wooden screens, searching for anything that shouldn't be there.
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NYPD to stop arresting people for minor marijuana offenses
WNBC-TV
Many New Yorkers facing low-level marijuana charges will soon be issued summonses instead of being taken to precinct houses in handcuffs, department brass said. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that the official change to the city's marijuana policy will take effect Nov. 19. Under the policy change, people caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana on them "may be eligible" to receive a $100 summons in lieu of being arrested.
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