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How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray
How an electoral tweak is throwing California lobbyists into disarray KALW News, December 1, 2011
Is Wall Street a gang? Part III
As the "Occupy Wall Street" movement continues all across the country it seems to me to be increasingly important to bring to the forefront the horrific crimes perpetrated by corporations and their…
CJCJ Newsletter - Interest groups & criminal justice policy
Who decides in Sacramento?
New publication sheds light on the inner circle of K-street lobbying
Announcing the release of CJCJ's latest report on California's special interest groups and criminal justice policy, Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists: The criminal justice inner circle . The…
CDAA: ignoring the evidence
Realignment has affected all branches of the criminal justice system.  While sheriffs and probation departments scramble to implement innovate alternatives to incarceration and maximize their jail…
A little known law enforcement group with heavy political sway
A little known law enforcement group with heavy political sway KALW News, November 18, 2011
Capitol Weekly conference on California prisons - handout and slides available
If you could not be at the Capitol Weekly conference today - California Prisons: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly  - you can still get an insight into what Executive Director Daniel Macallair talked…
PORAC's contribution to California's prison crisis
The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), founded in 1953, is a special interest group that lobbies in Sacramento and influences California's criminal justice policymaking.…
Is Wall Street a gang? Part II
Not too many would note the irony that while police make hundreds of arrests for relatively minor offenses (e.g., disturbing the peace) -- which usually end up being dismissed in court -- within the…
Ignoring the Evidence: CDAA
Ignoring the Evidence: CDAA
Promoting the "get tough" crime control agenda: PORAC
Promoting the "get tough" crime control agenda: PORAC
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
Is Wall Street a gang? Part I
By now just about everyone has become aware of the social movement known as Occupy Wall Street .  It has occurred to me that one of the justifications for this movement is the massive amount of…
Audio broadcast "It's all business" out now
"It's all business" is a short broadcast that discusses the role lobbying firms play in exacerbating the current prison crisis in California. Lobbying firms represent special interest groups in…
Second Chance Act funding threatened
Of the $2.3 billion currently allocated in the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, $0 is included in the Senate's version for Second Chance Act funding.  Although full funding would…
Audio broadcast "Money Talks" out now
"Money Talks" is a four-minute broadcast that introduces listeners to the criminal justice special interest group landscape in California, highlighting key players and the strategies they employ to…
CJCJ's Research Fellow will present at the ASC Conference Nov. 17, 2011
CJCJ's distinguished Senior Research Fellow will be presenting at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual conference at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on November 16-19,…
CA Policy: Round up
This blog concludes a nine-part CA policy series of blogs focused on California's special interest groups and their impact on criminal justice policy.  You can find the full series on CJCJ's…
CA Policy: The corporate interest
Kathy Lynch is the legislative advocate for two California bail agent associations: the California Bail Agents Association (CBAA ); and Golden State Bail Agents Association (GSBAA ).  She founded…
It's all business [audio]
"It's all business" By Selena Teji, J.D. Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice This short broadcast discusses the role lobbying firms play in exacerbating the current prison crisis in…
Money Talks [audio]
"Money Talks" By Randall G. Shelden, Ph.D. & Selena Teji, J.D. Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice A political interest group is a group of individuals whose aim is to affect public…
CA Policy: Playing the game
The Justice Policy Institute published its report, Gaming the System , in June 2011, documenting the political strategies employed by the private prison industry to promote national…
CA Policy: Beware of vigilante policymaking
There is no disputing that victims of crime deserve to have a voice in the criminal justice system.  Organizations like Crime Victims United of California (CVUC) offer an opportunity for victims to…
CA Policy: CNOA's war on rehabilitation
My last blog featured a prominent and successful lobbyist, John Lovell, and described the influential power a lobbyist can wield by representing a collective of agencies with similar agendas.  The…
CA Policy: The Law Offices of John Lovell
"Welcome to the Law Offices of John Lovell.  During the twenty years our firm has been in existence over 99% of the bills we have lobbied for have been signed into law in the California State…

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