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California could release up to 10,000 nonviolent offenders

As part of a proposition California passed on Tuesday, the state could see up to 10,000 incarcerated people eligible for early release.

Proposition 47, known in California as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, will reclassify various offenses which were previously felonies, as misdemeanors.  Some of these offenses include personal illicit drug use, shoplifting, and theft under $950.

Analysts have said they think with this proposition in place, California will hand out 40,000 less felonies each year, and the state would also save up to $150 million dollars.

The Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center wrote, according to Common Dreams, “The current sentencing and correctional system in California is costly and inefficient and voters would prefer their tax dollars to be spent on education and health care rather than incarceration.”

Other uses for the saved money include supporting victim services, mental health programs, and drug treatment programs.  Marc Mauer from the Sentencing Project, said, “This historic vote demonstrates support to advance a public safety strategy beyond incarceration to include treatment and prevention.”

The proposition will also apply to people currently being held in the California prison system, which is how those incarcerated people could apply for early release.

Similar legislature has been enacted in other states in the past few years.

Georgia, for example passed a law in 2012 which, according to FiveThirtyEight, allowed alternative sentencing for low-level, nonviolent offenders.  The state’s prison population dropped by about 14 percent by the end of 2013 and the crime rate dropped by about 4 percent as well.  The state also saved approximately $20 million in the first year of enacting the new law.

Other states have enacted similar legislature in the past few years, but the laws were enacted to recently to offer any significant data.

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Husband of Democratic State Senator Charged With Stealing Election Signs

On Wednesday, the Police in Middletown, Delaware issued an arrest warrant for Dana Long, the husband of Democratic Senator Bethany Hall-Long, on the charge of stealing campaign signs left on the roadway, such as the one featured in the video above that says, “Fix the Economy! Vote Republican.

According to Delaware Online, the video from First State Liberty was taken after “28 signs were placed on Middletown Odessa Road at Silver Lake Road, and on the 700 block of Middletown Odessa Road,” on Sunday, removed and then replaced by the campaign volunteers on Monday, and then once again removed.

Campaign volunteers arrived with video cameras to stake out the spot where the signs had been removed, at 2:35am on Wednesday morning. In the video, they pointed out what the signs looked like, along with the fact that they were labeled “Paid for by The Republican Party of Delaware.”

At 4:01am, the volunteers reported that a car pulled up, a man got out, and he started lifting campaign signs.

The man, who has been identified as Dana Long, openly defended his actions, saying “There’s no name on these signs,” as he proceeded to carry the signs to his car.

In the video, the campaign volunteers documented Long stealing the signs, as well as his car and license plate number, and the fact that other, similar stolen signs were present in the backseat of his car.

According to Delaware Online, the charge against Long is a “Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine up to $2,300, including restitution and other conditions set by the court.”

Mayor Steals $60k In Christmas Toy Money Intended For Children

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Yesterday, Billy E. Wilson, the mayor of Greenbrier, TN, was arrested after an extensive investigation, which proved he had been stealing money from the local “Toys For Tots” charity. Every year individuals flood the streets and grocery stores in the small Tennessee town asking for donations, which are supposed to be used to purchase Christmas toys for young children who cannot afford them.

Greenbrier residents say they have been suspecting Mayor Wilson of misconduct for years. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Mayor Wilson has been placing the donated money in to his personal account since 2005.

Mayor Wilson has been booked into the local county jail on $5k bond with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft over $60k.

Tennessee was recently ranked as the “most corrupt” state in the country. A title, which Mayor Wilson, has helped to secure. The TBI is currently continuing their investigation.

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