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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 - 12/02/2014 - 9:19am - 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 - 12/02/2014 - 9:19am - 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 - 12/02/2014 - 9:19am - 0 comments

Why School Test Resistance May Be About to Sweep the Nation

... tens of thousands of young men around the nation went to prison, or into exile, to show their opposition to a war they believed was ... point of grassroots protest against Corporate Education Reform. Now, you can find opt-out groups, and centers of test resistance, ...

Blog entry - callen - 12/02/2014 - 9:19am - 0 comments

Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety

... a year of defying court orders to alleviate the state’s prison crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown seems to have finally pushed the U.S. Court of ... Brown’s long-term plan should also include sentencing reform , parole reform, tightening standards for Realignment , and ...

Blog entry - callen - 12/02/2014 - 9:19am - 1 comment

Justice in California: Raising Victims' Voices

... legislation and adamant opposition to bills seeking to reform sentencing laws or reduce incarceration. Their stance is in line with ... favored rehabilitation and treatment over jail and prison. The findings, though incongruent with the actions of CVU, are not ...

Blog entry - callen - 12/02/2014 - 9:19am - 0 comments

Fixing California's Mass Incarceration Mess

By Dick Price As California grapples with a prison system so broken that the U.S. Supreme Court has mandated reductions in ... rest of the state, achieved principally through probation reform. By shortening probation terms from three to five years down to 18 ...

Blog entry - callen - 12/02/2014 - 9:18am - 1 comment

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 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