Prosecutions against suspected child molesters are among the most aggressive in the criminal law realm. For those convicted, prison sentences are long, with a stigma that follows the individual after release.
Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court ordered the state to address the issue of overcrowding in state prisons. According to Time Magazine, some prisons, like the California Institute of Men in Chino, have been operating at 200% of their capacities. As a result of the overcrowding, prisoners and guards were subjected to exceptionally dangerous conditions.
The brother of a woman who received an insulting text message from her boyfriend was arrested Thursday on conspiracy charges, for allegedly organizing a meeting with the boyfriend that ended in murder.
On Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a bill securing Fourth Amendment protections for Californians arrested with cell phones. The new law would require police officers to obtain a search warrant before reviewing the contents of a cell phone seized during an arrest.