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Proposition 36: Implementation and Adjudication

On May 2nd, Stanford Law School is hosting a conference on the safe and effective implementation of Proposition 36.  

Learning from lifers: sentencing reforms based on empirical evidence

A January 2013 CDCR study finds that “lifers recidivate at markedly lower rates than those who serve determinate sentences.” While this is not necessarily surprising to criminal justice stakeholders, it does raise a data-driven reason for pursuing sentencing reform.

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 insisted further reductions in prison overcrowding "cannot be achieved without the early release of inmates serving time for serious or violent felonies," a move that would "jeopardize public safety." In other words, now that Realignment is sending low-level offenders to local custody instead of state prison, those who remain in prison need to stay there to protect the public. This unfounded…
Legalized pot and easing of 'three strikes' law mark unique election
The voters have spoken.  Not only did they re-elect Barack Obama but in two states -- Colorado and Washington  -- possession of small quantities of marijuana was legalized. A clear message to the federal government to back off.   At the same time California voters  sent another message: the current "strike 3 and you're out" law is way too harsh.   The measures I-502 in Washington and Amendment 64 in Colorado was the culmination of about a half century of efforts to bring some sanity to…
Election Day: Criminal justice reform on the ballot
Election Day has arrived and California has 3 ballot initiatives that directly impact our state criminal justice system.  Prop 34: Support California voters reinstated the death penalty in 1978, following the 1972 Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia, which ruled the practice cruel and unusual.  Since 1978, the state has sentenced roughly 900 persons with a death sentence, but only 13 were subsequently executed.  The state presently has a death row population of 724 .  The death…
Prop. 36 is a modest and necessary three-strikes reform
Proposition 36 is a balanced reform measure that promotes long-term public safety. The Proposition amends California's Three Strikes Law to: ~ Require that the 3rd strike be a violent or serious offense (except in certain sex, drug, and weapons possession cases) ~ Allow nonviolent 3rd strike inmates to petition the court for a resentencing hearing (unless they have a prior conviction for rape, murder, or child molestation) The reform would bring California into line with the 26 other states…
Prop 36 Reduces Felony Drug Possession Prison Admissions
Prop 36 Reduces Felony Drug Possession Prison Admissions
Drug Use and Justice 2002: An Examination of California Drug Policy Enforcement
Drug Use and Justice 2002: An Examination of California Drug Policy Enforcement
A Model Design for the Implementation of SACPA: Making Prop. 36 Work in Your County

A guide to assist county stakeholders in assessing and improving local SACPA implementation and evaluation.

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