Author Archives: Larry Smith

Tulare County Jail System Benefits From Realignment Legislation

By Larry Smith Tulare County reports its jail system has benefited greatly from California’s Realignment legislation, which changed incarceration of low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails. The AB 109 legislation has provided funds for more than 160 programs designed to reduce recidivism. That includes parenting classes, education, vocational, mental health and substance abuse […]

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A Movement to Restore Voting Rights to Ex-felons

By Larry Smith Journalism Guild Writer A movement is under way to restore voting rights to more ex-felons, The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. “The biggest obstacle in most states is that people just do not know that they ever could get their rights restored,” said Edward A. Hailes Jr., managing director and general counsel at […]

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Aumenta Numero de Jovenes Latinos en Hospitales Psiquiátricos

Por Larry Smith Gremio Periodístico La hospitalización psiquiátrica de jóvenes latinos en California ha incrementado drásticamente con relación a los niños y jóvenes anglosajones y afro-americanos, de acuerdo a la información estatal. Expertos están en desacuerdo sobre la causa. Entre los años 2007 y 2014 los latinos de 21 años y menores tuvieron un incremento […]

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A Rise in Latino Youth Psychiatric Hospitalization

The psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino youths in California are dramatically outpacing those of White and Black children and young adults, according to state data. Experts are at odds over what is causing the increase. Kaiser Health News reports that between 2007 and 2014, Latinos 21 and younger saw an 86 percent spike in mental health […]

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Report Claims Outrageous Tactics Used to Build Bogus Criminal Cases

By Larry Smith Journalism Guild Writer The government is using outrageous tactics to build bogus criminal cases, The Crime Report claims. The tactics include making up crimes, the report alleges. Is it OK when the government makes up crimes to catch criminals? What if they are not criminals? Writer Adam Wisnieski posed such questions in […]

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Estadisticas de Mortalidad en Prisiones

Por Larry Smith Escritor del Gremio Periodistico De acuerdo a un estudio federal, existieron 4,309 muertes entre las cárceles locales y prisiones estatales en el 2012, lo cual significa un aumento del 2% (67 muertes) en comparación al 2011. El número de muertes en las cárceles del condado aumento de 889 en el 2011 a […]

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Federal Study Reports 4,309 In-Custody Deaths

By Larry Smith Journalism Guild Writer There were 4,309 in-custody deaths in local jails or state prisons in 2012, an increase of two percent (67 deaths) from 2011, a federal study reports. The number of deaths in local jails increased from 889 in 2011 to 958 in 2012, which marked the first increase since 2009. […]

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Poll Reviews America’s Perception on Crime

By Larry Smith Journalism Guild Writer Seven in 10 Americans say there is more crime in the U.S. now than there was a year ago – up slightly from the 63 percent who said so in 2014. Eighteen percent say there is less crime, and 8 percent say the level of crime has stayed the […]

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