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Sacramento Shooting Was Gang Related

The April 3 mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, which left six dead and at twelve wounded, was between two street gangs according to local police.  NBC News reports that the two suspects tied to the shooting were both habitual felons, one of which was granted early release from state prison in February.   In custody are Dandrae Martin, released from an …

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BLM Bought $6 Million Mansion With Contributions

Five months after the death of drug-addict and habitual felon George Floyd, the racial activist group Black Lives Matter (BLM) secretly purchased a 6,500 sq. ft. Southern California mansion with $6 million in funds contributed to fight racism.  The purchase, reported by Joshua Rhett Mills of the New York Post,  was arranged by Dyane Pascall, the financial manager of a …

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Flawed study oversells the benefits of Prop 47

A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) presents some information on the impacts of Proposition 47 (Prop 47), calling it a “lifeline to California communities.” The report’s main conclusions are that Prop 47 is a success because it reduced prison costs without negatively impacting recidivism. The author contends that recidivism rates, homelessness, and unemployment all …

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Sacramento Mayor Gets the Recognition He Deserves

Sacramento made national headlines on April 3, after eighteen people were shot with six killed around 2:00 AM at a popular downtown district known for its nightlife.  Police are investigating security video showing a fight breaking out on a crowded street in front of a nightclub before multiple shooters began firing into the crowd.  The Sacramento Bee reports that one …

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Kentucky’s Misguided Approach on the Death Penalty

The Kentucky legislature has passed HB 269 and sent it to the Governor for approval.  The Bill precludes the death penalty for individuals who had “active symptoms” and a “documented history” of certain enumerated mental disorders at the time of the offense conduct.  The list includes schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and delusional disorder.  The proposed legislation does not require …

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Keeping USCA9 Weird

In some cities with oddball reputations, some residents who are proud of that reputation sport bumper stickers saying “Keep [City] Weird.” Ninth Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas, the Chief Judge until fairly recently, yesterday announced he is taking senior status effective upon the appointment of his successor. See the court’s press release. Not mentioned in the press release is that the …