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LA supervisors back quicker response to hate crimes

Hawthorne Police Department
| The motion from Supervisor Hilda Solis was unanimously approved Tuesday; it calls for swift action after several suspected hate crimes in Los Angeles County are reported in the wake of the general election.

Criminal justice reforms roll on in California

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After decades of enacting longer prison sentences and building more lockups, California is relaxing its criminal penalties, much to the chagrin of police leaders.

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LA, Gardens Regional Hospital settle patient 'dumping' case

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The hospital denies any wrongdoing, says it only settled because it's in bankruptcy, and accuses L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer of "political grandstanding."

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Sheriff McDonnell, DA Lacey speak out against Prop 57

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They echo opponents' argument that the statewide ballot measure would let violent felons - not just non-violent ones as Prop. 57 states - be eligible for early parole.

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LA County eyes private firm for care of mentally ill inmates

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On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a motion to contract with a private firm to expand care for medium-security inmates with serious mental illness.

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LA Police Commission president on increasing transparency and reducing police shootings

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President of the L.A. Police Commission, Matt Johnson talks increasing transparency and reducing police shootings with a raft of new reforms.

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Training law enforcement to deal with autistic people

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The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is one of several agencies to provide specialized training to help officers read the signs of autism and respond appropriately.

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Hate crimes on the rise in LA County

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The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations tallied 483 reported hate crimes in 2015, an increase of nearly 100 offenses over the previous year.

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