Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce speaks in April during a vote on SB 1070, the immigration bill he sponsored. The final version resembled "model legislation" he helped draft during an ALEC conference in Washington, D.C., last year. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Shaping State Laws With Little Scrutiny

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Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, pictured here at Tea Party rally on Oct. 22, was instrumental in drafting the state's immigration law. He also sits on a American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) task force, a group that helped shape the law. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law

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Bondsman Lobby Targets Pretrial Release Programs

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Inmates Who Can't Make Bail Face Stark Options

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Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates

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What To Watch For At CES: Netbooks, eBooks

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Death Row Cases Decline In 2009

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Plain Talk Eases Police Radio Codes Off The Air

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Mystery Still Swirls Around Alcatraz Escape

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Escape From Alcatraz And A 47-Year Manhunt

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Folsom Embodies California's Prison Blues

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Madoff Likely Won't Be Serving Time In 'Club Fed'

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Money To Run, But No Skills To Hide

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Lawmakers Move To Curb Rape On Native Lands

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Shrinking State Budgets May Spring Some Inmates

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