CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 |
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 |
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.
July 28, 2013 |
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.
July 27, 2013 |
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.
July 23, 2013 |
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.
July 20, 2013 |
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.