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Grapevine: High cost for inmates in NYC

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Peer Pressure

In the United States you have a right to be judged by a jury of your peers. In California, that peer group could soon include non-citizens.

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has not yet said whether he will sign the measure, which passed the state legislature on Friday.

The bill's sponsor likened the rules disqualifying immigrants who are permanent residents from jury service to laws that kept blacks and women from serving.

Opponents of the bill see problems here.

Quote -- "It's putting the cart in front of the horse. We're going to have people making important jury decisions who may have limited to no knowledge of how our society works and little to no stake in it."

Temporary visa holders and undocumented immigrants would not be eligible.

Relevant Experience

Lobbyists who have first-hand experience shaping ObamaCare are raking it in.

The Hill reports more than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers, and congressional staffers who helped forge the health care law have set up shop on K Street.

They represent corporate giants and health care companies now.

Watchdogs say the rise of the ObamaCare lobbyist is another example of the "revolving door" that turns public service into private wealth and raises questions about the law's integrity.

Crime Does Not Pay

It is said crime does not pay.

In New York City though, as the New York Post reports it costs a fortune.

In its first-ever study of Big Apple jails, the Independent Budget Office found that the city spent -- get this -- $167,000 per inmate last year.

The average cost per inmate covers additional expenses -- like staff salaries and facility maintenance.

It could be worse.

Incarceration numbers, now about 12,000 people are half what they were at their peak in the early 1990's crack epidemic.