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October 2015 Archives

Calls intensify for mandatory drug sentence reform

California residents may be aware that lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum have been harshly critical of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. The nationwide war on drugs was stepped up in the 1980s as crack cocaine ravaged urban neighborhoods across the country, and the federal prison population increased by nearly 800 percent between 1980 and 2012. There are approximately 200,000 individuals incarcerated in federal correctional facilities, and almost half of them are behind bars for drug offenses.

Police say two California hiking murders connected

According to authorities, three suspects charged with killing a well-known Northern California yoga teacher are also responsible for the murder of a young Canadian woman in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The suspects, an 18-year-old woman, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, were arrested in Portland, Oregon.

DUI charges pending for woman who recorded herself as she drove

California residents may have heard about a bizarre incident in Florida involving a 23-year-old woman who was broadcasting herself on her cellphone via a social medial application while she was supposedly driving drunk. The incident occurred in Lakeland, Florida, on Oct. 11.

College football player charged with DUI

College football fans in California may be interested to learn that a football player from Kansas State University was charged with driving under the influence. The 20-year-old Wildcats defensive back was taken into custody on Oct. 4 after he struck a light pole while driving in Manhattan, Kansas.

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