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May 26, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, in response to a federal court directive to control jail crowding, said Wednesday he will begin immediately releasing about 1,200 pretrial inmates being held on bail of $2,500 or less. Block, whose department runs the county's jails, pledged to release more inmates if necessary by shortening sentences of those convicted of minor crimes. "I am not about to place myself or county government in a position where they can be cited for contempt," he said.
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WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Mideast peace talks remained in deep crisis Thursday as Israel froze plans to release Palestinian prisoners and officials threatened sanctions after the Palestinian Authority's request to join multiple international conventions. When U.S.-brokered peace talks were resumed in July, the Israeli government pledged to release 104 Palestinians serving long-term jail sentences in Israel for crimes committed before the 1993 Oslo accords. In return, the Palestinians committed to suspend for nine months their bid for wider recognition as a state.  But after three waves of prisoner releases, Israel delayed freeing the last group, hoping to link it to a plan to continue the negotiations past the end of April.
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NEWS
November 23, 1994 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consider two takes on Christopher Hubbart, serial rapist. State psychologist No. 1: He is a bright, shy 43-year-old man who is trying to control his sexual urges, and is truly sorry for his 34 victims. State psychologist No. 2: He is dangerous, unable to control his sexual urges and can be counted on to rape again.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A delay in the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel is the latest disruption to the U.S.-brokered peace talks, with backstage efforts underway to break the impasse. When the negotiations resumed in July, Israel agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinians in four stages throughout the talks. In exchange, the Palestinians agreed to refrain from seeking U.N. actions backing their position for the duration of the negotiations. Three groups of prisoners have been freed but Israel has yet to convene the relevant government committee to approve the final group slated for release at the end of March.
NEWS
June 23, 1996 | H.G. REZA and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was a joyous, tearful family reunion as Kevin Lee Green returned home Saturday after spending 17 years in custody for an Orange County murder that police now say he didn't commit. "I knew I wasn't guilty, and I tried to tell everyone that would listen I wasn't, and it didn't work," Green told television reporters. Vindication came Thursday, when a horrified legal system realized its error and granted freedom to the former Marine, who promptly flew to St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who witnesses said committed a 1980 Orange County murder for which a wrongly convicted man spent 20 years in prison has been set free, and prosecutors have no immediate plans to charge him in connection with the case. Raymond Herman Jackett, 41, was paroled April 15 from Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, where he had been held on drug and fraud charges unrelated to the December 1980 slaying of a Burger King assistant manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1992 | KEVIN BRASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The camera focuses on Chris Clarke, sitting on his bed in Patton State Hospital near San Bernardino, talking about killing his fiancee. "Something snapped," he says almost inaudibly. "I began thinking things that were not real. I began having paranoid thoughts and believing people were trying to get me." The interviewer doesn't say a word. Clarke begins to cry softly. "It was as if somebody else came into my body," Clarke says. "I can't use that excuse.
NEWS
August 18, 1990 | From Reuters
The adopted son of former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was released from prison Friday for the first time since the December revolution that led to the overthrow of his father and the execution of both his parents. Valentin Ceausescu, unlike his playboy younger brother, Nicu, stayed away from politics and held no special rank during his father's oppressive 25-year rule. He still faces trial next month on a minor charge of failing to pay rent for state-owned housing.
WORLD
January 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Mamdouh Habib, an Australian held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returned to his hometown of Sydney aboard a chartered jet, more than three years after his arrest in Pakistan. The U.S. suspected Habib, who was arrested three weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, of aiding Al Qaeda but did not charge him. Australian officials said they would monitor his actions.
NEWS
June 19, 1988 | CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writer
Resuming his post-primary drubbing of his Democratic foe, Vice President George Bush castigated Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis on Saturday for his support of a prison furlough program and demanded that Dukakis explain to Americans why he let "murderers out on vacations."
WORLD
December 29, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Amid political and public debate, Israel approved the latest list of Palestinian prisoners it plans to release from jail this week, the government said Saturday night. It would be the third such group released in recent months. As part of the peace talks renewed through American efforts in July, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's government has agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners as the negotiations advance. The latest list, containing the names of 26 Palestinians serving long-term jail sentences for killing Israelis and other violent attacks carried out between 1985 and the 1993 Oslo accords, was published on the Israel Prison Service website [link in Hebrew]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | Joseph Serna and Lee Romney
The man jailed in connection with the fatal stabbing of Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver after a confrontation triggered by team rivalry was released from custody late Friday, after the San Francisco district attorney said there was not enough evidence to charge him. Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi was booked into jail just before 5 p.m. Thursday, after San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr announced that he had made "implicating statements" during questioning....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
California lawyers late Friday filed the state's full appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to set aside orders to reduce prison crowding by the end of December. Despite the state's contention that it intends to meet the prison population cap by leasing added prison space, the appeal raises the public safety threat of "a massive prisoner release. " The appeal cites the great progress the state has made in improving medical and mental health care of inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Paige St. John
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's request to lift a federal judge's order giving the state five months to reduce prison crowding. Brown had sought the stay to buy California time to appeal prison crowding orders before the full high court. Under protest, California already has begun preparations to expand parole programs, continue shipping inmates out of state, and release its lowest-risk inmates. The state had argued that requiring counties to house low-level felons and parole violators -- lowering the inmate population by 25,000 prisoners since October 2011 -- is enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Paige St. John
The prospect of seeing thousands of California prisoners released to the streets of Los Angeles, or even landing in the Los Angeles County jail, disturbs Sheriff Lee Baca. "We are managing ... but we are at our capacity," said Baca's spokesman, Steve Whitmore. "The sheriff believes that we cannot take any more state prisoners. ... Enough is enough. " The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by Gov. Jerry Brown to delay a federal court order requiring California to reduce the state's inmate population by 9,600 prisoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- California already has begun to comply with a federal court order to reduce its prison count by 9,600 by the end of December. State contracts with Corrections Corp. of America to continue to house 9,000 inmates in out-of-state prisons were extended, although the contracts are not yet funded by the Legislature. In court filings this week the state said that a process to begin identifying thousands of inmates who are near the end of their prison terms and are at the lowest risk of committing new crimes if released early would be finished in two weeks.
NEWS
January 21, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reporters from all over the country have converged on the story of Charles Rothenberg's Wednesday prison release, for weeks inundating both the man who set his son afire and his ex-wife with interview requests. From Oprah Winfrey's show in Chicago to East Coast network and local television news programs, the media have tried to arrange coverage of Rothenberg as he leaves prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1987 | United Press International
Stacey Lynn Merkt, 32, the first sanctuary movement supporter convicted of an immigration violation, has been granted an early release from prison because of complications in her pregnancy, her attorney said. Merkt's husband, attorney John Blatz, was at the federal prison in Fort Worth on Friday to pick up his wife, officials said. A federal court order will allow her to serve 83 days of her 179-day sentence under house arrest.
WORLD
July 28, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - The Israeli government agreed Sunday to release 104 Palestinian prisoners over the next nine months as a gesture to lure Palestinian leaders back to the negotiating table. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal, while painful for the family members of those killed in terrorist attacks, was vital to Israel's security and stability. After a long debate Sunday, he won 13 votes from his 22-member cabinet. Seven members opposed and two abstained. Netanyahu faced considerable pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry , who is hoping to renew talks in Washington on Tuesday between representatives from both sides.
WORLD
July 27, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Saturday that he had promised to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in the coming months as part of a deal to restart U.S.-brokered peace talks. He is expected to bring the issue for approval Sunday to his Cabinet, where some right-wing coalition members have already vowed to block the action. Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, from Netanyahu's own Likud Party, called the prisoner release “lunacy.” Netanyahu said restarting talks with Palestinians is vital to Israel's future.
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