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Justice Department: Number of Adults in Jail, on Probation or Parole Reaches 12-Year Low

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The number of people paying time for a crime last year dropped to its lowest level since 2000, according to a newly released Justice Department report, the Associated Press writes.

The report shows there are nearly 7 million people – or 2.9% of U.S. adults, are in jail, on probation or on parole. That’s a 1.4% drop over the year before and the third consecutive decline, the AP reported.

Three of 10 people under some kind of supervision were behind bars, while the rest were on probation or parole.

The numbers are a promising indicator that fewer crimes are being committed, criminologists said.

“There is a lag between crime drops and correctional drops because of the length of sentences being served,” James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University told the AP. “It is likely that the correctional population will continue to decline as releases outpace admissions.”

 

Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to More than Four Years for Gun Smuggling

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced in El Paso, Tex.  to 51 months in prison for his role in buying guns to be smuggled into Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

The sentence was part of a plea deal in which Ricardo Montalvo agreed to plead guilty to recruiting others as straw buyers of guns in exchange for having 19 counts dropped, the AP reported.

The 29-year-old former agent was accused of buying nine weapons, more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition and high-capacity magazines for assault rifles.

 

Eco-Terrorism Suspect Surrenders to FBI After a Decade on the Run

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An international fugitive in one of the largest eco-terrorism cases in U.S. history surrendered to authorities Thursday after nearly a decade on the lam, Fox 31 reports.

Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, surrendered to the FBI at the international border of Blaine, Wash.

Rubin is accused of firebombing sites in Colorado, California and Oregon. The targets were wild horse corrals, a ski resort and an SUV dealership, Fox 31 reported.

Rubin is a self-proclaimed member of the terror groups, Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front.

Other conspirators have been sentenced up to 13 years in prison.

Fairfax County Tries to Lure FBI HQ to Bustling Springfield, Va.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fairfax County in Virginia is lobbying the FBI to move its headquarters to an abandoned warehouse in Springfield, the Washington Post reports.

The location is perfect, Fairfax officials said.

It’s close to the Metro and major highways and the warehouse meets the needs of a new headquarters, the Post reported.

It appears Fairfax has competition from Prince George County, which also is close to the Metro and major highways.

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Lawsuit: DEA Agents Bust into Wrong House, Injuring the Homeowners

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 During a raid, DEA agents in Texas knocked the homeowner unconscious, sent his wife into an epileptic fit and seized the children at gunpoint.

There’s one small problem: It was the wrong house.

That’s according to a recent lawsuit filed by Guillermo and Alejandra Ramirez, which are seeking $3 million in damages for false imprisonment, assault, negligent investigation and negligent surveillance, reports the Courthouse News.

They said the DEA acknowledged the mistake and apologized.

Justice Department Opts Not to Appeal 37-Year-Sentence of Al-Qaida-Trained Terrorist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An al-Qaida-trained terrorist convicted of a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport at the millennium will retain his 37-year sentence after the Justice Department opted not to appeal the punishment, the Associated Press reports.

The Justice Department had called for the death penalty, but said it’s satisfied because Ahmed Ressam will be behind bars until he’s older than 60.

After serving his sentence, Ressam, who was caught driving into the U.S. from Canada with a trunk full of explosives, will be deported to Algeria, where he faces additional charges, the AP reported.

Ressam’s lawyers also chose not to appeal.

 

 

Black Friday Gun Sales Are So Popular They Crash the FBI’s Background Check System

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Record gun sales on Black Friday this year caused the FBI’s background check system to crash twice, ABC News reports.

The FBI checked 154,873 backgrounds, a 20% spike over last year.

“The call centers experienced two short outages – one of 14 minutes and one of 18 minutes,” FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer told ABC News.

Background checks are required to determine whether the buyer has mental issues, felonies or other red flags for gun ownership.

The glitch, however, did not cause major delays, ABC New reported.

FBI Documents: Ex-Boston Mayor Kevin White Was Targeted for Payoff Schemes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Recently uncovered FBI files on former Boston Mayor Kevin White show his administration was the target of a federal corruption probe in the 1970s, the Boston Globe reports.

Among the claims, which never led to charges, were that White pressured businesses to donate money in exchange for work in the city.

The documents largely detail alleged payoff schemes, the Globe reported.

A memo to the FBI director stated prosecutors didn’t believe evidence was “solid enough” to level charges.