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Violent Crime Spikes in L.A. After Decades of Decline

Crime rates in Los Angeles County have been declining for decades, but a recent weekend brought a spate of homicides that may threaten this trend. NBC 4, Los Angeles, reports that across seven communities in the county, 10 people died at nine locations within 48 hours. Neither law enforcement officials nor academics in the criminal justice field have been able to determine a pattern. Some point to research indicating that media coverage of mass shootings may lead to an overall increase in violence, and suggest that the recent shooting deaths in Washington, DC, at the Naval Shipyard may have been...

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Budget Cuts Lead to Sharp Increase in Early Releases for L.A. Inmates

Overcrowding and budget issues in Los Angeles County haveled to thousands of inmates serving time as little as 40 percent of their sentences. The Los Angeles Times investigated early releases at county jails through records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, available under the California Public Records Act. According to the records, more than 23,000 inmates so far this year have been released before their time was served — including those convicted of violence and sex crimes. Prior statistics for early releases show a trend toward a sharp increase in these numbers for 2013. The county granted early release...