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October 2017 Archives

California might reform its bail system

Those who are taken to jail in California may be able to bail themselves out with cash payments. However, critics of the practice say it keeps poorer residents in jail longer while wealthier people are more likely to obtain their freedom. The chief justice of the California Supreme Court thinks that assessing whether or not someone is a danger to society should replace cash bail when determining a defendant's potential release.

California man charged with the murder of his girlfriend

Police in California have charged a 26-year-old man with murder after the body of his missing girlfriend was discovered in a remote part of Siskiyou County. The man was taken into custody by deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 10, and reports indicate that he is being held at a detention facility in Yreka, with bail set at $1 million.

FBI data reveals that the war on drugs is far from over

A ballot measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use was approved by California voters in November 2016, and opinion polls show that even the residents of traditionally conservative states are beginning to lose patience with the way authorities are waging war on drugs. More and more people view drug use as a public health rather than criminal issue, but that did not prevent law enforcement agencies across the country arresting 1.57 million people for drug-related offenses in 2016 according to FBI crime data.

Prosecutors pile on charges to force plea deals

Suspects arrested in California for what might appear to be a single criminal act sometimes find themselves facing multiple criminal charges. Laws designed to prosecute criminal gangs or drug cartels sometimes enable prosecutors to add charges of conspiracy or racketeering. In some cases, state and federal prosecutors issue separate charges for a single alleged crime.

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