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Man wanted in fatal shooting in Dallas surrenders
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Mexican native who had been wanted by Dallas police in connection with a 2010 fatal shooting of a man used a Facebook page to work out his surrender, Dallas police said. The man, Augustin Gonzalez, 43, was held by the U.S. Border Patrol, accused of murder and awaiting extradition. Gonzalez went on the Dallas Police Department Northeast Division's Facebook page and posted that he wanted to surrender but he was still in Mexico. Through the Facebook page, Dallas detectives posted that he needed to walk to the nearest U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint to surrender. More

Colorado police seek fugitive who eluded bail bondswoman
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VideoBriefColorado Springs, Colo., police continued their search for a man who escaped from a bail bondswoman. Police spent the better part of an afternoon and evening searching for Ryan Hernandez, 30. The bail bondswoman was armed, police said, and tried to forcefully capture Hernandez when he ran away. More

Sources: Pennsylvania probation officials knew suspect failed house arrest conditions before being released
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Pennsylvania probation officials, aware that Rafael Jones had failed to meet the conditions of his house arrest as ordered by a Philadelphia judge, permitted him to walk out of their offices three days before he allegedly killed Police Officer Moses Walker Jr., law enforcement sources said. Two days after Jones was released from prison - with strict instructions from a judge that he be arrested if he failed a drug test - Jones checked in with a parole officer and tested positive for marijuana, documents obtained by The Inquirer show. More

Maryland sheriff's office to toss outdated warrants to improve backlog
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Prince George's Countys Office of the Sheriff in Maryland will soon begin "cleaning house" by tossing out thousands of old misdemeanor cases contributing to the backlog of warrants, which officials say takes up time and money that could be spend on tracking down felons and fugitives with more serious offenses. More

Michigan jail inmates go free due to lack of space
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The release of 228 prisoners from the Oakland County Jail in Michigan recently because of overcrowding could have been avoided with help from county judges, who could have ordered alternatives to jail, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. The sentence reductions to ease overcrowding were ordered by Oakland County Chief Circuit Judge Pro Tempore Shalina Kumar. A similar release was ordered in March. More

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Colorado sheriff seeks study for solutions to jail crowding
Longmont Times-Call via The Daily Camera    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Boulder County, Colo., Sheriff Joe Pelle hopes to find the answer to jail crowding in a study that could help officials move alternative sentencing out of the jail in east Boulder. His office, the Boulder County Commission and Boulder County Community Services agreed to fund a study that could help define the future of corrections in and out of the Boulder County Jail in the future. Boulder County Jail Division Chief Larry Hank said that jail officials have been juggling inmates to make sure that those housed in the same cell are compatible. The cells have been double-bunked and in some cases an additional bed has been wheeled in. More

One year in, is California's realignment working?
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AudioBriefGov. Jerry Brown's plan to overhaul California's criminal justice system, known as realignment, is redirecting thousands of low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails. Can this prison reform effort succeed where others have failed? More

Many question life sentences for juveniles
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Life sentences for juveniles are coming under increased attack from activists, lawmakers and even the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently struck down mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles as unconstitutional "cruel and unusual" punishment. Nationwide, there are roughly 2,500 inmates who killed as juveniles that are serving life in prison without parole, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. More

Colorado shooting prompts gun bills in big states
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Democratic leaders in three big states have used this summer's mass shooting in Colorado to push bills that would crack down on assault weapons and ammunition sales, rekindling a debate that has not gained much traction in Congress or on the presidential campaign. In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed that his state enact a strict ban on assault weapons, similar to California's. New York lawmakers have proposed wide-ranging legislation that would limit weapons purchases. More

Study: Local jail programs can cut recidivism
The Goshen News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brad Rogers is in the business of law enforcement. He prefers not to have repeat customers. And at the Elkhart County, Ind., jail, something seems to be working. Rogers, the Elkhart County sheriff, says jail programs have reduced the recidivism rate for participating inmates – most often by more than half. An independent review of jail programs, conducted by Community Training and Resource Center, shows recidivism was lower than 26 percent for jail program participants during the research period, compared to 49 percent for inmates who did not participate. More

Treasure hunter who found 'Ship of Gold' now sought by US Marshals
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Tommy G. Thompson had a silver tongue when it came to attracting investors and a Midas touch for locating sunken treasure off the Carolina coast. But like a pirate captain who refuses to share the booty, Thompson stiffed his crew and investors, according to a lawsuit – and now, no one knows where to find him. More

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