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UK The British government began a pilot study to set up a genetic DNA database of convicted criminals. Legislation pending in Parliament would expand police powers to take DNA samples from saliva and hair samples. A UK official was quoted as saying: "We will bring the full force of modern science to bear on the modern criminal."

WA The State legislature approved it's budget for the 1995 biennium. Following a 30% increase in the previous biennium's DOC budget this budget contained the following "cuts": $2.6 million from closing the Monroe Honor Farm and Indian Ridge Corrections Center; $7.2 million by delaying the opening of the 1,000 bed Airway Heights medium security prison near Spokane; $7.5 million through savings in equipment, medical costs and staffing in state prisons.

GER Kurt Franz, the last commandant of the Nazi Treblinka death camp was paroled recently by the German government. An estimated 300,000 Jews were killed at Treblinka during his tenure (no information was provided as to the number of Poles, Russians, Communists and others murdered at the camp during the same time). Franz had served 27 years of his life sentence. His release received virtually no publicity in the US.

WA Washington State Reformatory prisoner Garrett Linderman pleaded guilty in Snohomish County superior Court to attempted second degree escape, a gross misdemeanor. The court sentenced him to one year in jail at the end of his prison term in 2004, but suspended it on condition he remain out of trouble in that period. Costs were waived except for the mandatory $100 for the crime victims Compensation fund. Linderman allegedly tried to escape by hiding in the warden's fishing boat which was being refurbished in the prison machine shop.

CA Off duty Los Angeles policemen Michael Terra and Ted Teyechea were arrested on charges of assaulting a peace officer after going on a shooting spree, firing their weapons from the open windows of their pickup truck. Among the things they fired at were the passengers of a moving bus and a California Highway Patrolman. No one was injured in the February 9, 1994, drive-by shooting. Both suspects were released on $25,000 bail.

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