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State inmates serving life terms are starting to file resentencing petitions with local judges following the passage of Proposition 36, the ballot measure that overhauls California's controversial three strikes law. But opposition from local prosecutors and other factors could limit the number of qualifying inmates who actually get released.

Scott Thorpe, CEO of the California District Attorneys Association, said his organization is recommending that district attorneys file subpoenas for the prison records of inmates seeking a resentencing hearing so they can scrutinize everything from the offenders’ health and psychological profile to their participation in rehabilitation programs.

Get the full story: http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/prosecutors-opposition-could-limit-release-third-strike-inmates-18755
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Did you hear our story on the investigations into abuse at California's developmental centers on +NPR this morning? Click through and listen.
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More than 17,000 local agencies across the country have taken advantage of the Defense Department’s equipment giveaways. California police accumulated more equipment in 2011 than any other year in the program’s two-decade history. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department took control of this $4 million patrol boat in 2005. So how much did your community receive? Search our online database to find out: http://californiawatch.org/data/search-your-community-transferred-military-equipment
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Interesting...LA nearly tripled the other communities
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Tomato, tomahto. Pink slime, lean finely textured beef. Whatever you call it, one thing is clear: Many consumers say they don't want it. So how much 'pink slime' beef do California schools actually serve? Click through to find out.
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Ken and Melanie Light embarked on a five-year photographic journey of a region known for its agricultural plenty – and the marginalization of its people. In their book, “Valley of Shadows and Dreams,” the Lights dig deep into the harsh truths of farm workers’ daily experiences in California’s Central Valley and take a hard look at the legacies of politics, bureaucracy and control in the region. We interviewed the Lights about their experiences reporting in the Valley - watch our video to learn more.
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"The coarseness of Ingraham’s life at Fairview was matched only by the sloppiness of the investigation into his death." Read more about our new investigation "Broken Shield" - A failure to protect and serve the state’s most vulnerable residents
http://californiawatch.org/public-safety/basic-police-work-ignored-autistic-patient-s-suspicious-death-14972
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"The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort." Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the majority opinion finding that California's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. More from our media partners at the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Lieff Cabraser's Kelly Dermody serves as the 2011-12 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco and issued a statement today on the federal appellate court ruling on California Proposition 8. "Today is a momentous day for the cause of justice and equality under the law. Proposition 8 has been a blight on California," Dermody stated. Read the full statement at http://www.sfbar.org/newsroom/2012/20120207.aspx
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Good news! California air pollution reached unhealthy levels less often in 2011 than a decade ago, according to a report released this week by a state association of regional air district officers.
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It's estimated that 1.8 million low-income and often Spanish-speaking Californians live in unincorporated communities, many without the infrastructure that would curb gastrointestinal illnesses, respiratory disease symptoms, and other public health and safety risks. Read more about these communities and the challenges they face.
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Even though he's given to other GOP candidates, Herman Rowland, a Fairfield candy manufacturer and GOP donor, will host a “Rally for Rick” at the Jelly Belly Candy Co., which Rowland owns.
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Looking to lose some weight? Get off the treadmill and grab a chocolate bar.
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I don't need anymore excuses to eat chocolate... I've been a believer for years ;-)
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The health care reform law is headed to the Supreme Court March 26. Here's a cheat sheet of some of the more important numbers that will be kicked around all week. http://to.pbs.org/GVDd1A
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In the summer of 2009, the independent, nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting launched a new reporting initiative called California Watch, the largest group of journalists dedicated to investigative reporting in the state.

The team at California Watch pursues in-depth, high-impact reporting on issues such as education, public safety, health care and the environment. Our reporters also produce stories that hold those in power accountable, while tracking government waste and the misspending of taxpayer resources.

We place a major emphasis on solution-oriented reporting intended to have an impact on the quality of life for Californians and our communities. We engage the public by providing tools and resources.