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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1997 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could save Los Angeles County hundreds of thousands of dollars, a federal judge refused Monday to allow a class-action lawsuit to go forward alleging that inmates are routinely held beyond their release dates in County Jail. U.S. District Judge William J. Rea ruled that lawyers for about 25 former inmates listed in the suit had failed to show that the class representatives all suffered the same injury.
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1988 | From Reuters
Spain has decided to release Alfonso Armada Comyn, 68, one of two generals still in jail for taking part in a military coup attempt in 1981, the Defense Ministry said Friday.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1997 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For days, April Marie Courie said, she pleaded with the guards at the Sybil Brand Institute to free her from custody. She had served her five-day sentence for driving with a suspended license and needed to get back to work. Finally, after Courie had spent 10 days in jail, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy working the graveyard shift agreed to help her. He did some research, she said, and found that her booking number had been confused with that of another inmate.
NEWS
August 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel released its longest-serving Palestinian prisoner from jail. Khalil Saadi Raei, 45, a member of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, had served 25 years of a life sentence for the murder of an Israeli police officer, a prisons' spokeswoman said. Palestinians had long demanded his freedom, but the Palestinian minister of state for prisoner affairs, Hisham Abdel Razek, said the release was unrelated to current negotiations with Israel over prisoners.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States has transferred a Danish national imprisoned at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Denmark's custody after receiving assurances the Danes would ensure the man does not pose a further threat, the Pentagon said. The Danish Embassy in Washington released a statement saying the man, identified by Danish media as Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, had arrived back in Denmark after the overnight transfer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1987
By a 210-200 vote, the House sustained a District of Columbia law providing early release to certain district inmates serving time for non-violent crimes. The vote tabled a move to negate the new law, which codifies an early release policy the city recently began in response to court orders against prison overcrowding. Hundreds of inmates have had sentences cut by up to 90 days. There is a dispute over whether prisoners convicted of violent crimes have been let out early. Delegate Walter E.
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
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.
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.
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.
WORLD
July 23, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - Myanmar started releasing approximately 70 political prisoners Tuesday, days after President Thein Sein promised during a European tour to free all remaining prisoners of conscience by the end of the year. Civic society groups countered that Tuesday's releases, along with earlier waves, have been done largely for public relations and don't reflect substantive changes in the country's human-rights or rule-of-law practices. Furthermore, critics say, the government continues to arrest whistle-blowers fighting corruption along with farmers and activists resisting illegal seizures and the environmental degradation of their land.
WORLD
July 20, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - As part of a U.S.-backed proposal to restart peace talks, Israel has agreed to release an unspecified number of Palestinian prisoners, but will not freeze settlement construction in the West Bank, a top Israeli official said Saturday. The comments came a day after U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced that he was close to a formalizing an agreement to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table for the first time in three years. Though Kerry pleaded with both sides to keep the details of the pending agreement confidential and allow him to be the only source of information, both sides scrambled Saturday to put their own spin on the deal.  Since Kerry has declined to release specifics about what he says he brokered on Friday, the conflicting claims could not be confirmed.
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