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FBI REPORT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT CALIFORNIA SENTENCING REFORMS
Statistics from the FBI, documenting crimes committed in the first six months of 2015, indicate that California is experiencing significant increases in both violent and property crime, far above the national average. >>
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCES OF KANSAS MURDERERS
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia: ". . . our case law does not require capital sentencing courts ‘to affirmatively inform the jury that mitigating circumstances need not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.’ . . . Jurors would not have misunderstood these (existing) instructions to prevent their consideration of constitutionally relevant evidence.” >>
CA ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTION PROTOCOL
CDCR has announced a new, single-drug execution protocol. The new lethal injection process allows for executions to be conducted using lethal gas or a fatal dose of any one of four drugs based upon their availability. >>