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The Blotter: Friday, March 30

Courtesy of ACLU of Southern California
“Targeting Muslims for surveillance not only destroys community cohesion, it erodes the trust between law enforcement and Muslim communities, which undermines national security,” said Ameena Mirza Qazi, deputy executive director CAIR-LA.

Criminal justice headlines from the week.

County's parolee recidivism rate declines under Brown's prison plan: The number of parolees arrested for new crimes in Los Angeles County has dropped since Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment plan took effect six months ago, drawing cautious optimism from some state and local officials. (Contra Costa Times)

Release of UC Davis pepper spray report postponed again: Alameda County Superior Court Judge issued a tentative ruling rejecting nearly all attempts by a campus police union to keep portions of the report confidential. (Sacramento Bee)

Public Defender Battles to Represent Murder Suspect: Jeff Adachi says his office doesn't have a conflict of interest. (Bay Citizen)

FBI used 'outreach' at Seaside mosque to gather information: FBI agents who visited a Seaside mosque in 2005 as part of a "community outreach" program were actually compiling information on the congregation, according to agents' reports released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. (San Jose Mercury News)

Free military surplus gear a boon to local Calif. law enforcement (California Watch)

O.C.'s Combat Veterans Court helps ex-warriors fix their lives:Some military veterans have collided with the criminal justice system. There are now more than 90 courts across the U.S. tailored to veterans who are willing to work to get back on track. (LA Times)

POST Hosting “Crowd Management Summit”: The Summit is designed to update law enforcement leadership regarding new strategies & practices being employed by the “Occupy Movement” (lawofficer.com)