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CJCJ May 2013 Newsletter - An update on the progress of AB 915
A continued observation of CJCJ's reform efforts emphasized by statistically relevant sentencing…
Despite crime rate, Santa Cruz County sends few to prison
A discussion of Santa Cruz County's low use of incarceration, unique offender demographic, and what…
Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety
To meet the court’s mandate by the end of the year, Brown needs to begin releasing identified…
Brown can release prisoners early without compromising public safety
Gov. Brown must reduce the state's prison population by 10,000 people or be held in contempt of…
Proposition 36: Implementation and Adjudication
On May 2nd, Stanford Law School is hosting a conference on the safe and effective implementation of…
Learning from lifers: sentencing reforms based on empirical evidence
A January 2013 CDCR study finds that “lifers recidivate at markedly lower rates than those…
Gangs taking to the suburbs, including Albemarle
Treating people who come from places where gangs proliferate as gang members themselves only…
Commercial bail vs. Pretrial services
As you walk down Bryant Street in San Francisco, there are many neon-lit signs advertising for…
Against violence and against incarceration
Anti-violence activists, who often demand harsher penalties for offenders, tend to work in…
Who is causing crime in California?
Sensationalized stories and anecdotal information in the media over the past year may make you want…
Charles Manson and the politics of fear
Forty-three years ago, Charles Manson and his “Family” of disciples brutally murdered…
CJCJ Newsletter - Criminal justice decision points need deeper reforms
Data-driven analyses hold lessons for practitioners
District Attorneys and criminal justice reform: A necessary partnership
NCCD President Alex Busansky facilitated a conversation, between San Francisco District Attorney…
For Real Prison Reform, Longer is Not Always Better
Last week, while defiantly declaring the end of California's prison crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown…
Even for violent crimes, longer is not always better
If California hopes to fix its correctional crisis, it needs to broaden its outlook on sentencing…
For real prison reform, look beyond the Non-Non-Nons
Last week, while defiantly declaring the end of California's prison crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown…
Prosecutorial consistency in process
One of the biggest challenges researchers face when analyzing the effectiveness of the justice…
Attorneys: resolution nearing in Santa Cruz stabbing case
Attorneys: resolution nearing in Santa Cruz stabbing case Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 11, 2013
Some on Death Row 'low risk' for parole
Some on Death Row 'low risk' for parole San Francisco Chronicle, January 13, 2013
Catching up with Peter Y. Sussman
Catching up with Peter Y. Sussman San Francisco Chronicle, January 1, 2013
Charging Youth as Adults: What's the Impact?
The juvenile justice system works best when it rehabilitates youthful offenders and gives them the…
Human Rights Day: A cause for reflection
December 10th marks the annual celebration of Human Rights Day , a special anniversary in the…
Unnecessary incarceration: What are the consequences?
Have you ever been in a room of highly educated individuals discussing sentencing and bail reform…
Reform cuts marijuana possession arrests 86% in 2011, upends California drug policing
Just-released 2011 arrest statistics from the state Criminal Justice Statistics Center show that…
Little Hoover Commission discusses need for sentencing reform
Today, the Little Hoover Commission (LHC) hosted a public hearing on bail and sentencing reform in…

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