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May 1, 2008
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Shelters Get Pay to House Felons
from the Journal-Gazette
Six halfway houses and homeless shelters in Allen County, Ind., have met the county's requirements to participate in a new program in which they will be paid to house criminal offenders. Allen County Community Corrections has agreed to pay certain shelters for housing offenders released from prison who participate in Re-Entry Court, an intensive court-monitoring program. More

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‘Stop Snitchin'’ Campaign Silences Witnesses, Lives
from Fox 11 – TV
Gwendolyn Patrick knew the names of those said to have been on the sidewalk in August 2006 when her son was shot for crossing a Westside gang member. But when she found them, she encountered a growing street credo that authorities say has successfully glamorized a long-unwritten rule of inner cities. Throughout the nation, the "Stop Snitchin'" message is found on DVDs and T-shirts sold at swap meets, tagged on traffic signs and on the lips of those either too afraid or too defiant to assist police investigations. More

Ad Scam Makes its Way to the Tri-State
from WFIE-TV
Several local businesses claim an advertising scam has cost them hundreds of dollars and it looks like the scam started in Louisville, Ky., and is making its way around the Tri-State. More

Car Cameras Aid Crime Fight
from the Monroe News Star
Some patrol cars for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana are now equipped with video cameras and recording devices thanks to a $72,000 grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said the devices, in use in numerous departments throughout the nation, are an important crime fighting tool. More

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Florida Cities Trim Motorcycle Units
from Florida Today
Both Titusville, Fla., and Palm Bay, Fla., may disband their four-officer motorcycle units within the next year. Officials cite budget cutting triggered by property tax reform, higher costs for leasing motorcycles and safety concerns as among the factors. More

Arizona Governor Vetoes Measure to Give Local Law Enforcement More Latitude on Immigration Matters
from the Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a bill Monday that would have given local police more latitude in tracking illegal immigrants. House Bill 2807 aimed to allow local police and governments to share, compile and track information related to illegal immigration, including smuggling rings and crime syndicates. More

Using GPS to Restrain Batterers
from The News-Record
The number of people who violate restraining orders while awaiting trial and then remain free to do more harm is astounding. An innovative pilot program in Pitt County, N.C., uses Global Positioning Systems to monitor protection violators -- and to keep them away from their likely victims. More

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Lawyers Sue Again Over Prison Overcrowding in Philadelphia
from The Associated Press via the Washington Post
A year after a federal judge issued a scathing order over conditions at Philadelphia's crowded jails, the problem has only worsened, civil rights lawyers charge in a lawsuit filed Monday. More

Anonymous SMS Aids Crime Fighting
from Cellular-News
Mobile phone users in the U.S. can now send anonymous tips to their police via SMS. Using TipSoft SMS, tips may be anonymously received and securely replied to with complete confidence. Anderson Software has built this service specifically to allow text messaging informants to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages and routing them through several secure servers, protecting the personal details of the informant. More

Department of Justice Announces $11.8 Million to Help States and Tribal Governments Comply with Adam Walsh Act
from the U.S. Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice today announced more than $11.8 million in grants and assistance to state, local, and tribal governments to assist with developing or enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. These awards are made through the Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. More

 

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