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DUI Arrests Increase with California Crackdowns & Zero Tolerance Programs

More people throughout the state of California are being arrested and charged with DUI, due to increased police presence in the form of sobriety checkpoints, crackdowns, and zero tolerance policies. NBC Los Angeles reports that over the July 4 weekend this year, DUI-related arrests jumped 43 percent compared to the same period last year. For the 2012 holiday, there were 343 suspected drunken drivers arrested in Los Angeles County—while in 2013, authorities arrested 490 people on suspicion of driving under the influence. These arrests spanned 48 hours, from midnight Thursday, July 4, to midnight Saturday, July 6. On Wednesday, July...

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Can Electronic Monitoring Reduce Prison Populations?

The state of California is under a court order to reduce its prison populations. Now, former supervisor Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is looking to introduce a potential solution to this issue through an ordinance that would expand the qualifications for electronic monitoring of criminal offenders. The proposed law would allow more people to exchange custody and jail time for wearing an ankle bracelet that tracks their location at any given time, which is usually issued with house arrest situation. Under this ordinance, those who are charged with a crime and awaiting trial would not have to post bail, and instead serve...

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Trayvon Martin Protesters Arrested at California Mall

A California rally and protest in support of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin led to law enforcement officials arresting a total of 17 people, including eight juveniles, and a lockdown at the Mall of Victor Valley. Around 80 protesters met in the mall parking lot on Wednesday, July 17, and marched along Bear Valley Road in protest of the George Zimmerman verdict and in memory of Martin, according to the Desert Dispatch. The group left the mall around 5:45 p.m. Hours later when the protesters returned to the Mall of Victor Valley, several in the crowd became unruly, according to...