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JPI Daily News Digest 2/1/12

California: California's youth prisons nearing an end (San Francisco Chronicle)
In January 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to shut down all state youth prisons by 2014. If backed by the Legislature, the governor's proposal would have counties share $10 million to develop prudent local alternatives to state custodial facilities. By January 2013, the Division of Juvenile Justice will no longer accept any new admissions, and the entire system will gradually phase out in 2014...

California: L.A. judge orders Juvenile Court opened to news media (Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles County Juvenile Court will be opened to media coverage regularly, with certain exceptions intended to protect the interests of children, under an order issued Tuesday by the court's presiding judge...

Connecticut: East Haven Police Under Fire For Civil Rights Abuses (NPR)
The police commission in East Haven, Conn., voted Tuesday night to urge the mayor to fire the police chief amid allegations the department abused Latinos. Chief Leonard Gallo announced his retirement earlier this week, but the commission doesn't think Gallo should be able to cash-in on his retirement package...

Florida: Prison privatization plan debated in Senate (Miami Herald)
Faced with opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike, Senate President Mike Haridopolos cut off debate Tuesday on a South Florida prison privatization plan that once seemed likely to be approved and now is being harshly criticized...

Maine: Bill would create alternative sentencing court specifically for veterans (Bangor Daily News)
Last November, a day before Justin Crowley-Smilek was shot and killed by police, the 28-year-old Farmington native and U.S. Army Ranger who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder appeared before a judge.... 

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