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August 2015 Archives

Texts allegedly showed teen involved in 18-year-old's death

California parents may not have heard that on Aug. 21, text messages indicating that a Massachusetts teenager encouraged a boyfriend to commit suicide. The boyfriend, 18, was discovered dead inside his truck on July 13, 2014. It appeared that the teenager passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning.

California men face 20 years in prison on drug charges

On Aug. 12, federal authorities in California said that an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man admitted to using drones in an attempt to smuggle heroin. Police say that they tried to transport 30 pounds of the drug across the border from Mexico to the United States. According to a representative from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it was the first known drug seizure involving drones.

Probation often leads to juvenile hall for kids

Some juvenile justice reformers have been working toward finding a way to rehabilitate troubled youth without locking them up in juvenile hall. One method to combating the problem that has been used in California is to put minors directly into probation. While this may seem like a good alternative, probation can last until a juvenile reaches the age of 21.

Non-custodial criminal sentences

There are a number of non-custodial criminal sentences that judges in California may choose to hand down when they feel that jail would not be appropriate. These alternative sentences are often reserved for those accused of committing minor crimes. Judges will make their sentencing decisions based on the impact that the crime had on the victims as well as the prior criminal record of the defendant and their degree of remorse.

Actress Alicia Silverstone's brother facing drug charges

A marijuana raid in Northern California led to drug charges being filed against actress Alicia Silverstone's 43-year-old brother. The man was detained in Redwood Valley and then released approximately one hour afterwards on $25,000 bond. He is facing charges of cultivating and processing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

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