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San Francisco leading the way to sentencing reform
In the face of historic opposition to a statewide sentencing commission, San Francisco County established a local sentencing commission January 2012 to address the county's sentencing policies and…
Governor Brown can end juvenile life without parole in California
Governor Brown has an historic opportunity sitting on his desk.  For the first time four years, legislation sponsored by Senator Leland Yee (San Francisco) to eliminate the practice known as Juvenile…
Media coverage focuses on sentencing disparities
Media outlets across the state are posing hard questions about county sentencing practices.  CJCJ's recently launched the California Sentencing Institute , an interactive map that highlights the…
"Life after Murder" by Nancy Mullane
"Life after Murder" follows five individuals serving life with the possibility of parole in California's San Quentin prison and upon their eventual release back into the Bay Area.  Inmates serving…
Monterey County judges raise bail rates, already among highest in state
Monterey County judges raise bail rates, already among highest in state Monterey Herald, June 16, 2012
Who's crowding California's jails
Who's crowding California's jails KPCC, May 15, 2012
Study: Long-term juvenile incarceration fails to decrease reoffending rates
A March 2011 study through the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) concludes that long-term juvenile incarceration does not decrease reoffending, and may actually…
Could bail reform bail out California's overcrowded jails?
Could bail reform bail out California's overcrowded jails? KALW radio, April 30, 2012
CJCJ's Kate McCracken appointed to SF Sentencing Commission
The San Francisco Sentencing Commission is a newly created advisory body charged with encouraging the development of criminal sentencing strategies that reduce recidivism, prioritize public safety…
California Sentencing Practices, 2009
California Sentencing Practices, 2009
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average
More juveniles in Santa Cruz County tried as adults than state average San Jose Mercury News, August 30, 2011
Few Monterey County minors tried as adults
Few Monterey County minors tried as adults Monterey Herald, August 26, 2011
Is Ventura Trying More Kids As Adults Than Any Other County... for the Money?
Is Ventura Trying More Kids As Adults Than Any Other County... for the Money? Witness LA, August 26, 2011
The Pacifica Evening News
The Pacifica Evening News KPFA Radio, August 22, 2011
CA policy: Three Strikes Reform: What happened last time?
On the November 2, 2004 California ballot, Proposition 66 was designed to place limitations on California's "Three Strikes" law enacted in 1994.   In response to the increasing numbers of…
Fiscal and prison overcrowding crises could lead to Three-Strikes reform
Fiscal and prison overcrowding crises could lead to Three-Strikes reform Oakland Tribune, July 24, 2011
The Casey Anthony Case and the Media Frenzy: What About all the Others?
I have been around long enough to remember the OJ Simpson trial and many other trials that fall under the category of what Samuel Walker calls "celebrated cases."  These are those rare cases that…
California's 'Second Chance' Bill Offers Hope for LWOP Sentenced Youth
California's 'Second Chance' Bill Offers Hope for LWOP Sentenced Youth Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, July 11, 2011
Rethinking California's 'three-strikes' law
Rethinking California's 'three-strikes' law San Francisco Chronicle, July 3, 2011
Life Without Parole: costly for juveniles and taxpayers
It is the responsibility of the state to "provide juveniles sentenced to life a 'meaningful opportunity for release,'" according to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Graham v. Florida .  In…
Release the Real Low Risk Prisoners
As the state of California responds to the recent Supreme Court decision ordering the release of 30,000 or more prisoners, there needs to be an awareness of what kinds of prisoners pose the greatest…
People age 40 and up buck tradition, commit more crime while felony juvenile arrests drop
People age 40 and up buck tradition, commit more crime while felony juvenile arrests drop Los Angeles Daily News, May 26, 2011
Re-examining three strikes
Re-examining three strikes KALW News, May 5, 2011.
Why Three Strikes Fails
While I applaud those who work to ensure that even the seemingly worst defendants are treated fairly and humanely, I've always seen the logic of draconian sentences for psychopaths like Richard Allen…
Striking Out: California's "Three Strikes And You're Out" Law Has Not Reduced Violent Crime. A 2011 Update.
Striking Out: California's "Three Strikes And You're Out" Law Has Not Reduced Violent Crime. A 2011 Update.

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