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    California could be on track to release a total of 17,600 inmates since the start of the coronavirus pandemic by late August. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) estimated in July that 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by the end of August, in addition to 10,000 inmates who have already been released. "We're glad the governor is taking action to release more people," Californians for Safety and Justice Executive Director Jay Johnson said in a statement at the time. "This is absolutely critical for the health and safety of every Californian. Too many people are incarcerated for too long in facilities that spread poor health." The CDCR did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up.The releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious."It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we're doing this in the midst of a pandemic," said Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials.Among those released was Terebea Williams, 44, who served...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious. “It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we’re doing this in the midst of a pandemic,” said Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials. Among those released was...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious. “It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we’re doing this in the midst of a pandemic,” said Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials....
    The High Court has ruled against convicted terrorist Mohammed Zahir Khan who demanded to be released early from prison after he claimed that the government’s new rule which mandates terrorists serve the majority of their sentences was a breach of his human rights and discriminated against Muslims. Parliament passed emergency legislation in late February that ended the automatic release of terrorists halfway through standard time-limited sentences. Instead, terrorists must serve at least two-thirds of their sentence in jail before being considered for parole. The Parole Board will only consider release before the end of their sentence if the terrorist is deemed not a risk to society. The legislation was passed after two jihadists who had been released early from prison went...
    The sister of a California man murdered in 1998 voiced her frustration on "The Story" Friday after the woman convicted of the crime was released from prison this week due to coronavirus concerns. "It's absolutely devastating and mind-boggling that this has happened," Dena Love told host Trace Gallagher. "And here we are, 22 years after his horrific murder. We're right back in that same place that we were 22 years ago." Terebea Williams was sentenced to 84 years-to-life in prison after she was convicted in 2001 of first-degree murder, use of a firearm, carjacking, and kidnapping in the killing of 23-year-old Kevin "John" Ruska Jr. Williams shot Ruska in the abdomen after holding him at gunpoint and shoving him into the trunk of a car....
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – What about the victims? That’s what local district attorneys are asking the state after two people facing life in prison were released this week in Yolo County over COVID-19 concerns. The state says they need to protect the inmates and staff from COVID-19 and mitigate the spread. But some say that comes at a cost: the victims’ voice. Over the past week, CBS13 has highlighted two victims affected by these early releases. These families are now afraid that someone they thought would spend their life in prison is walking free. READ: Convicted Murderer Serving 84-Years-To-Life In Prison, Terebea Williams, Released Over Coronavirus Fears ALSO: ‘Where’s My Justice?’ Woman Fears For Her Life As Violent Prisoner Is Released Due To...
    Cities are witnessing a summer of homicides as shooting deaths increase amid the perfect storm of economic, societal, and political conditions, including the release of thousands of inmates nationwide to prevent the pandemic from spreading through prisons. But the extent to which inmate releases from county jails, state prisons, and federal prisons has affected crime is no simple calculation, criminal justice and crime experts told the Washington Examiner. “It’s too early to tell definitively, but I think that it is intuitively pretty clear to see the effect [decarceration] might have,” said Rafael Mangual, deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute. “There is other research out there that shows higher levels of decarceration ties to upticks in crime.”...
    Oregon governor announces phased withdrawal of federal officers from Portland 21 foods every woman should eat at least once a week Why Movie Theater Reopenings Overseas Show Early Signs of Progress for the Industry © TheWrap Hollywood has resigned itself to forgo releasing new movies in theaters (for now), instead rolling out shelved wares overseas in markets where the novel coronavirus pandemic is more under control. One sign of promising demand came Tuesday from Imax, which pulls roughly 70% of its overall revenue from outside of the U.S. The large-format theater exhibitor has reopened 624 of its theaters globally, or approximately 40% of its network, including 409 theaters in China over the July 24 weekend, CEO Rich Gelfond said...
    The prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has dropped his bid to get out of prison early — whining that he has “lost faith” in justice, as a dig continued for the missing girl Wednesday, according to a report. Convicted rapist Christian Brückner, 43, dropped his bid for parole on drug charges Tuesday, the same day police started to search a field in northern Germany near where he once lived, according to The Sun. ”My client had withdrawn his request,” his lawyer Friedrich Fulscher said, according to The Sun citing German media. “He has lost faith in the judicial system.” Brückner was trying to get out after serving two-thirds of his current sentence in a German prison on drug offenses...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Patricia Wright is thrilled to be surrounded by her family, catching up on years of lost time with her five children. They were very young when she was sent to prison."I prayed. I had faith that it was gonna happen one day."Wright was released from prison earlier this week after serving nearly 24 years of a life sentence.The 69-year-old was convicted of hiring a man to kill her husband in 1981. Wright says she had nothing to do with the murder."I didn't want to die in prison."Wright has terminal cancer."After battling breast cancer and then brain tumor, and then ovarian cancer, my ovarian cancer metastasized to my liver," she said.With COVID-19 spreading among prison inmates, an...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A multi-million dollar renovation of the Mississippi Coliseum has been completed ahead of schedule because of performance cancellations at the venue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Renovations included repairing and painting the floors and walls, installing new seating and adding handrails and reflectors to light walkways, according to a press release from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The floors were equipped with an abrasive, slip-resistant paint to prevent falls. The $2.2 million renovations began in October 2019 and were set to be completed in January 2021, with work taking place in between scheduled performances, Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson said. However, with events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there was time...
    No spoilers for The Boys season 2, but … there’s more to the story. During the SDCC 2020 panel for the hit comic book series, producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg showed up to announce the news that The Boys season 3 had already been greenlit by Amazon in anticipation of its second season, due in September. “If you like The Boys, you’ve got more of it … thank god,” Rogen said. According to Amazon, the “even more intense, more insane” season 2 finds The Boys on the run from the Supes, and trying to regroup to fight back against Vought. During the panel, the cast presented the first clip from the new season, in which Butcher, Hughie, and...
    FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2005 file photo, Arlan and Linda Kaufman walk to the federal courthouse in Wichita, Kan., for their trial on several federal charges including servitude. A federal judge has refused to free Arlan Kaufman who once enslaved mentally ill patients in Kansas and forced them to work naked and engage in sexual acts, while billing the government and their families for the therapy. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten cited the "particularly heinous nature" of the abusive treatment of mentally ill patients in a ruling Tuesday, July 21, 2020, to deny the request of Kaufman for compassionate release from his 30-year prison sentence amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dave Williams/The Wichita Eagle via AP)FILE - In...
    By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to free an ailing inmate from Kansas who, along with his wife, was convicted of abusing mentally ill patients at their treatment center, including by forcing them to work naked and engage in sexual acts, while billing the government and their families for the supposed therapy. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten cited the “particularly heinous nature” of the abusive treatment of mentally ill patients in his Tuesday ruling denying the request from Arlan Dean Kaufman for compassionate release from his 30-year prison sentence because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaufman and his wife, Linda, were sentenced in 2006 on multiple counts of conspiracy, forced labor,...
    The Rolling Stones dropped a previously unpublished track Wednesday, originally recorded in October 1974.  “Scarlet,” featuring famed Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, was released early Wednesday morning on the band’s official YouTube channel.  SCARLET ⤫ FEATURING JIMMY PAGE ⤫ OUT NOW! https://t.co/2hxmfEmnMt Originally recorded in October 1974, this track has never been released before – featuring legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist @JimmyPage and guests Blind Faith’s Rick Grech on bass.#ExperienceGoatsHeadSoup pic.twitter.com/FPPl3lU2sf — The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) July 22, 2020 The song comes as an early drop for the deluxe reissue of the 1973 album, “Goats Head Soup,” set to release on Sept. 4. (RELATED: The Rolling Stones Threaten To Sue Trump For Use Of Music After Cease-And-Desist Letters Ignored) “I...
    (CBS DETROIT) – “Drop all charges, immediate release to her mother’s custody with the proper support, end the racist practices of the school to prison pipeline,” said Earl Burton of the Michigan Liberation Action Fund. These were the demands from the group Michigan Liberation Action Fund, as they gathered outside the Oakland County Circuit court Monday. The group is hoping Oakland County Judge Mary Ellen Breenan would release “Grace,” a 15-year-old Birmingham Groves student, who has been in juvenile detention since May, for violating her probation by not completing her on-line homework. Monday’s hearing was a review of the case, and after nearly three hours, Judge Breenan decided, that Grace would remain in Oakland County’s Children Village. “Where...
    By Sultan Anshori BADUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Australian woman sentenced to four years imprisonment over the death of a policeman on the Indonesian island of Bali was given early release on Thursday, and was keen to be reunited with family, her lawyer said. Sara Connor, 49, was jailed in March 2017 together with British man David Taylor for their roles in the death of a traffic policeman, whose body was found on the popular Kuta beach with neck and head wounds. Connor was freed 13 months short of her full term due to her good behaviour. The two, who were a couple, were tried separately and Taylor, who is in his mid 30s, received a six-year term. Wearing a...
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. (CNS) -- Riverside County could receive up to 500 of the 8,000 inmates due to be released early from state prisons under the governor's penal system coronavirus mitigation plan, and the surge'' of additional parolees will be difficult to handle, the county's chief probation officer told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.We've got things to work on and prepare for,'' Chief Ron Miller said. We need additional funding to manage the surge.''Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that early releases will occur between now and the end of August, though counties have not been fully apprised of the exact numbers returning to their jurisdictions, according to Miller.He said the Riverside County Department of Probation is estimating about...
    BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A man sentenced to at least 17 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot in New Hampshire asked a judge Wednesday to suspend the last few years left in his term and give him an early chance at parole, saying he has rehabilitated himself in prison. Joseph Vrooman, 63, was one of five men charged in connection with the death of Jack Reid, 57, in 2005. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit capital murder and hindering apprehension. He agreed to testify at the trial of John Brooks, a millionaire who was accused of masterminding the killing. Prosecutors said Brooks believed Reid had stolen from him. Vrooman has served over 13 years of...
    CHICAGO — Antonio McDowell had been injured in a drive-by shooting, so the 21-year-old thought he was accompanying Chicago police officers back to the station to try to identify his assailant.Instead, he found himself under arrest for murder, then later convicted and sentenced to 103 years in prison.But now, nearly 23 years after the fateful night that he lost his freedom, McDowell is on a new, if unlikely path. He walked out of a state prison last month a free man eager to put his past behind him and committed to proving he was wrongfully convicted.Gov. J.B. Pritzker commuted McDowell’s sente… Read More
    California officials announced Friday that an additional 8,000 inmates would be released early from state prisons in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among both inmates and staff. “We’re glad the Governor is taking action to release more people. This is absolutely critical for the health and safety of every Californian. Too many people are incarcerated for too long in facilities that spread poor health. Supporting the health and safety of all Californians means releasing people unnecessarily incarcerated and transforming our justice system.” Californians for Safety and Justice Executive Director Jay Jordan said in a statement. The state Department of corrections had already reduced the inmate population by 10,000 in an effort to prevent the spread of...
    California is set to provide early release to nearly 8,000 prisoners by the end of August due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prisons across the state have been overwhelmed by COVID-19 and need to make room. At San Quentin State Prison alone, more than 200 staff and 1,300 inmates have active cases, according to NBC Bay Area. Systemwide, there are more than 700 cases among staff and close to 2,300 cases among inmates. Around 108,000 inmates in California will be eligible for a 12-week credit, meaning they will get to leave prison 12 weeks ahead of their original release date. Those ineligible for the credit include those on death row, inmates serving life without the possibility of parole, and those...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced (CDCR) announced new programs that will allow for the early release of up to 8,000 inmates by the end of August to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as outbreaks continue to flare up across the state prison system."These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff," Ralph Diaz, Secretary for the CDCR, said in a press release on Friday. "We aim to implement these decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety."Incarcerated people who have 180 days or less left on their sentence, are a low risk for violence, and are not...
    FRESNO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced (CDCR) announced new programs that will allow for the early release of up to 8,000 inmates by the end of August to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as outbreaks continue to flare up across the state prison system."These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff," Ralph Diaz, Secretary for the CDCR, said in a press release on Friday. "We aim to implement these decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety."Incarcerated people who have 180 days or less left on their sentence, are a low risk for violence, and are not...
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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The state corrections department says they will grant an early release to an estimated 8,000 more inmates to protect its vulnerable population and staff from COVID-19. The 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by the end of August under the new measures, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Decompressing facilities would allow state prisons to implement physical distancing, isolation and quarantine efforts. SAN QUENTIN, CALIFORNIA – JULY 08: A view of a new emergency care facility that was erected to treat inmates infected with COVID-19 at San Quentin State Prison on July 08, 2020 in San Quentin, California. Over 1,400 inmates and staff at San Quentin State Prison have become infected with...
    Eric Robert Rudolph Fast Facts Dartmouth cuts golf programs, closes college-owned Hanover Country Club Michael Cohen Back in Custody For Violating Home-Confinement Terms After Early Prison Release Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former attorney and self-proclaimed "fixer," is back behind bars after violating the terms of his early release from prison, according to Lanny Davis, his friend and legal advisor, who spoke to reporters in a conference call. © MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Michael Cohen Cohen was taken into federal custody in New York City Thursday morning after he allegedly “refused the conditions of his home confinement," the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement, The New York Times reports. Cohen, 53, was released from federal prison in May amid fears of the coronavirus...
    Former personal attorney to President Donald Trump Michael Cohen, known as a “fixer,” was surprisingly taken back into custody by federal authorities just hours after the Supreme Court ruled against the President in a case sparked in part by Cohen’s own testimony before Congress. Cohen had been sent home from jail in response to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, but his sentence was not commuted and he allegedly was not to leave the house. He was photographed while dining at a Manhattan French restaurant, Le Bilboquet. Legal experts days ago noted he was risking being returned to jail for possibly violating terms of his release from prison. The former Trump attorney “was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and sent to a federal jail...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has been taken into custody for violating terms of his early release from prison, his attorney Jeffrey Levine told reporters Thursday afternoon.Cohen was released on furlough from prison in late May due to coronavirus fears.Cohen was serving a three-year sentence in New York after pleading guilty to lying to Congress, tax charges and two campaign finance charges for facilitating hush money payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump. Trump has denied having affairs with the women.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan has started a publicity tour for his new book, which is set for release later this month. “I still believe that what unites us is greater than that which divides us,” the governor said. Gov. Hogan’s political action committee touts him as a unifier in divisive times, something his book discusses, too. Political scientist Dr. Mileah Kromer said Maryland’s Republican governor still polls high, one of the most popular governors in the country, but speculation of a presidential run is still too early. “How he handles the pandemic moving forward will certainly matter greatly in terms of his political prospects,” Dr. Kromer said. The governor’s book, “Still Standing”, points to Hogan as a cancer...
    San Quentin inmates released early to help contain the coronavirus outbreak will no longer be dropped off to catch public transportation, Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said Monday. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also will make sure that inmates released as part of the expedited parole have a place to quarantine away from their families, Willis said. “In this new process with the early release,” Willis said, “their plan is to have transportation for every inmate that is released to be brought to their home or hotel room.” The new approach aims to limit the spread of the virus after reports that some inmates were being released with active cases of the disease and...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported. Kassim Tajideen was sentenced last year in a federal court in Washington for his role in a money laundering conspiracy aimed at evading U.S. sanctions. He was arrested in Morocco and extradited to the U.S. in 2017, where he was he was charged with laundering money for Hezbollah. There was no immediate comment from U.S. or Lebanese officials on his early release. Lebanon’ National News Agency reported Tajideen’s arrival. A local Lebanese TV station, LBC, broadcast a video taken with a mobile phone of his...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported. Kassim Tajideen was sentenced last year in a federal court in Washington for his role in a money laundering conspiracy aimed at evading U.S. sanctions. He was arrested in Morocco and extradited to the U.S. in 2017, where he was he was charged with laundering money for Hezbollah. There was no immediate comment from U.S. or Lebanese officials on his early release. Lebanon' National News Agency reported Tajideen's arrival. A local Lebanese TV station, LBC, broadcast a video taken with a mobile phone of his...
    Source: Simon and Schuster The publisher of a forthcoming tell-all book about President Donald Trump and his family by his niece Mary Trump on Monday said it was advancing the date of the book's publication by two weeks, to July 14. The publisher's change in release date comes days after a New York state appeals division court lifted a temporary legal restraint on Simon & Schuster from publishing the book issued by a trial court judge. Simon & Schuster in a statement cited "high demand and extraordinary interest in this book" for advancing its release date. President Trump's brother Robert Trump has filed several court actions seeking to block release of the book, "Too Much and Never Enough: How My...
    A VICIOUS wife jailed for battered her husband with a hammer a tin of beans in a terrifying campaign of domestic abuse has been refused early release. Tracy Hannington, 56, was caged for two years after savagely attacking husband Tony with a claw hammer and knives - as well as smashing his face with part of a vacuum cleaner. 6Tracy Hannington, 55, who was jailed last year for attacking her husband Tony, has been refused early releaseCredit: Kent Police 6Tony and Tracy married in 2013 with Hannington's behaviour soon turning violentCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 6He believes his violent wife is 'beyond rehabilitation' But Hannington - behind bars at HMP Send in Surrey - has been denied early release on a tag later...
    We now have a slightly better idea of when HBO Max will #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. It was announced back in May that Zack Snyder will get to complete his version of Justice League, which will make its way to the recently-launched streaming service as an exclusive title. With any luck, it will be here sooner rather than later, according to a top executive at WarnerMedia. Sandra Dewey, president of productions and business operations for WarnerMedia Entertainment, recently delivered a keynote address at the virtual Cannes market. Dewey oversees HBO Max, which represents the company’s major streaming play, meant to compete with Netflix more directly. When addressing Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Dewey said that we can expect to see it debut in “early...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Jehovah’s Witnesses say a Danish member of the religious denomination who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2017 has been granted early release by a court. Russia officially banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 and declared the religious group an extremist organization. Danish member Dennis Christensen was arrested that year for leading a prayer meeting and sentenced to six years in prison. The denomination’s world headquarters in the United States said Tuesday that a Russian court ordered Christensen to pay a 400,000-ruble fine ($5,700) in place of serving out the rest of his sentence. The Jehovah’s Witnesses say 353 adherents are facing criminal cases in Russia, 34 are imprisoned and 24 are under house arrest....
    State prison inmates in California who have less than 180 days left to serve and meet certain other criteria will be released ahead of schedule beginning Wednesday, July 1, in hopes of stemming outbreaks of COVID-19, officials said Tuesday. The move aims to increase space inside state prisons, thereby allowing for better physical distancing and the isolation of patients, and could impact prisoners at facilities throughout California. Those who are allowed to leave prison ahead of schedule will be offered COVID-19 tests, California Depatment of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said in a news release. Prisoners found to be infected prior to release will be placed into a housing situation that will allow for isolation and monitoring. Eligible inmates either will...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A dying Ponzi king Bernard Madoff lost his bid for early release from prison Thursday when the judge who sentenced him to 150 years behind bars said he intended for him to die there and nothing has happened in the last 11 years to change his mind. Judge Denny Chin, who now sits on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, noted the continuing suffering of Madoff’s thousands of victims who lost $17.5 billion when a decades-long scheme that deceived them into thinking their money was invested properly was exposed in December 2008. “I also believe that Mr. Madoff was never truly remorseful, and that he was only sorry that his life as he knew it...