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National Night Out Brings Neighbors, Public Safety Personnel Together

Local law enforcement and public safety agencies put out the welcome mat Aug. 2 for this year’s National Night Out celebrations. The Santa Cruz Police Department turned its parking lot into a hub for numerous agencies and organizations.

(Aug. 3, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Santa Cruz County Set to End “Penny” Bail Schedule on Aug. 1

When the pandemic hit in 2020, jails statewide began whittling down inmate populations, instituting an emergency bail schedule for all misdemeanor and felony offenses. To clarify that inmates were not being held without bail, jail records show the bail amount as $0.01, birthing the shorthand “penny bail.”

(July 20, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Image caption: Steven Carrillo, who has pled guilty to the murders of two law enforcement officers.
Facebook and Steven Carrillo: How a Veteran Became a Cop Killer

Steven Carrillo, an active-duty Air Force servicemember, fell down a rabbit hole of Facebook extremism and became convinced he could start a new civil war. Then he turned his online obsession into real-life murder.

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New Police Accountability Laws Test DoJ’s Limits

New state laws on police accountability are testing the limits of several agencies, including the Department of Justice, which say they need more resources for these new duties.

Image caption: In California, county sheriffs are on their way to becoming more accountable to the public.
Will California Embrace Progressive Sheriffs?

County sheriffs have tended to be predominantly white, male and politically conservative. But in California, those trends may be moving in the other direction, as recent elections and legislation appear to show.

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AG Bonta Joins Others in Support of U.S. Ban on ‘Ghost Guns’

The U.S. Department of Justice said it has seen a tenfold increase in the amount of ghost guns seized by law enforcement since 2016.

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County’s new Public Defender office begins operations

SANTA CRUZ—Santa Cruz County’s new Public Defender office began operations on July 1, and the department’s roughly 60 employees celebrated the occasion with a barbecue in the backyard of its May Avenue headquarters.  The new office includes an increased number …

Image caption: Assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle remain banned in California, but maybe not for long.
California Assault Weapons Ban May End Due To SCOTUS Ruling

California's assault weapons ban, in place since 1989, may not stand up to a new Supreme Court decision that makes it much harder for states to impose gun control. A federal court brief filed June 30 aims to strike down …

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Clarence Thomas and the Free Press: Justice Attacks Landmark Case

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is turning his sights on one of the most important press freedom cases, 'New York Times v. Sullivan.' Thomas says he wants to make it easier to sue media companies.

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Clarence Thomas Wants SCOTUS to Take Back More Rights

If Clarence Thomas gets his way, the Supreme Court won't stop at revoking the right to abortion. Same sex marriage, contraception and gay sex are likely to be next on the SCOTUS hit list.

Image caption: Justice Clarence Thomas calls for SCOTUS to pull back even more established rights after Roe v. Wade.
Why Clarence Thomas Wants to Throw Out Your Rights

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that after overturning Roe v. Wade SCOTUS must now overturn decisions allowing same-sex marriage and contraception. Here's why.

Image caption: The U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow at a two-decade-old California workers' rights law.
SCOTUS Scales Back Law Allowing Employee Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court scaled back California's Private Attorney Generals Act, a 19-year-old law allowing workers to sue employers over labor code violations. But a new ballot initiate aims to repeal PAGA completely.

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