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Prop 8 Resentment Lingers in District Attorney Race

... Catholics are primarily those who hold vigil outside a prison when someone is scheduled for execution by the state. Any weekend ... ignore recidivism rates, or whether more money is spent on reform, correction and rehabilitation programs in Sacramento County, will be ...

Blog entry - megan - 05/08/2014 - 3:01am - 0 comments

California's Radical De-Incarceration Experiment

... reduction in adult incarceration. Since 1999, as prison populations nationally remained stable, California reduced its adult ... of the past surrounding get-tough measures and sentencing reform. By managing increasing numbers of offenders at the local level, ...

Blog entry - megan - 03/13/2014 - 8:00am - 1 comment

California's Sentencing Quagmire

... of felony drug arrests result in commitment to state prison. The figure ranges from 17 percent in Kings County to half of a percent ... and unnecessary. There is an urgent need for sentencing reform, but the road to get there may be long and arduous. A sentencing ...

Blog entry - megan - 09/10/2013 - 3:15am - 0 comments

Steinberg's Prison Plan

... Jerry Brown confirmed this week that he is pulling his prison policies out of a 1980s playbook. It is heartbreaking to watch our ... the best now. Maybe it could set up the conditions of real reform that we need. But if we don't meet that court order, we'll be back to ...

Blog entry - megan - 09/03/2013 - 5:05am - 1 comment

California Leads the Nation in Wrongful Convictions - I Would Know

... Including my 20 years, the total amount of time spent in prison by innocent people in California is 1,311 years. Ever since I was ... Legal System. This maybe an important start but more reform is needed so we can actually bring justice to the innocents and victims ...

Blog entry - callen - 08/30/2013 - 10:27am - 1 comment

Ammiano's "Homeless Bill of Rights": Part Civil Rights, Part Prison Reform

... (D-San Francisco) is following through on his promise to reform California's prisons with the introduction of a homeless rights bill ... members." Make no mistake, Assembly Bill 5 is as much prison reform, as it is civil rights, legislation. Among other things, the ...

Blog entry - callen - 08/30/2013 - 10:25am - 1 comment

For Real Prison Reform, Longer is Not Always Better

... week, while defiantly declaring the end of California's prison crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown insisted further reductions in prison ... and prisoner rehabilitation. For Real Prison Reform, Longer is Not Always Better When a family member is taken by murder ...

Blog entry - callen - 08/30/2013 - 10:25am - 1 comment

Brown Calls California's Prison Crisis Over: "Ridiculous," Say Reform Advocates

... protesting conditions within the state's 33 prisons, reform advocates called on judges, legislators and news media to ignore Brown's claim that the state's prison crisis "is over." The Brown administration began the past week in ...

Blog entry - callen - 08/30/2013 - 10:25am - 1 comment

After Delay, Ammiano Arrives Today at Pelican Bay

... facilities to see for himself the progress the State's prison system is making to address concerns of judges and reform advocates for the care of incarcerated Californians. Earlier this ...

Blog entry - callen - 08/30/2013 - 10:25am - 2 comments

Troubled Young People Deserve Compassion, Not Punishment

... criminal justice system, punishment, in the form of severe prison sentences, has become more important than rehabilitating offenders, ... committee away from a vote on the Assembly floor, would reform the parole process to ensure that young offenders are given a true ...

Blog entry - megan - 08/05/2013 - 5:11am - 0 comments