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Police hiring boom hits Bay Area departments

After years of cutbacks, layoffs -- and now climbing crime rates -- police departments throughout the Bay Area have begun taking on new recruits again.

Report: Monitor's findings shed poor light on Oakland's police department
Report: Monitor's findings shed poor light on Oakland's police department Oakland Tribune, October 3, 2012
Undue Influence: the power of Police and Prison Guards' Unions
Undue Influence: the power of Police and Prison Guards' Unions National Radio Project, August 7, 2012
The Commercial Bail Industry: Profit or Public Safety?
The Commercial Bail Industry: Profit or Public Safety?
Mercer: ALEC, influence and the ways of our Legislature
Mercer: ALEC, influence and the ways of our Legislature Aberdeen News, April 13, 2012
California Senate hears arguments for juvenile justice realignment
On Thursday, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety heard testimony on Governor Brown's proposal to close California's remaining youth correctional facilities  and shift supervision of the remaining 985 youth to the county-level.  Strong public testimony was offered by the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analysts Office, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), and the Commonweal Foundation arguing for complete juvenile realignment from a variety of angles.   Dan…
CDAA suggests cutting "other places" to keep youth prisons
On the subject of the Governor's juvenile justice budget triggers, the California District Attorney's Association (CDAA) announced in the New York Times on Sunday, "Obviously we would like him to drop that cut, and cut from other places," said Scott Thorpe, chief executive of the California District Attorneys Association. On January 1, 2012 Governor Brown's budget triggers came into effect. Among many deep cuts across government agencies, the triggers require counties to pay approximately…
What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012
What to expect from the criminal justice system in 2012 KALW News, December 12, 2011
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
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 investigative report authored by Senior Fellow at Demos, Sasha Abramsky includes interviews with prominent lobbyists such as John Lovell, and CCPOA's Ryan Sherman to find out what drives criminal justice policy in California.   "You build up your rolodex," he says, "you get face and name recognition…
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
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. PORAC's positions promoting incarceration and harsh sentencing goes against mainstream criminal justice policy - including mainstream conservatism.  A new CJCJ publication, Promoting the "get tough" crime control agenda: The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) , reviewed…
Promoting the "get tough" crime control agenda: PORAC
Promoting the "get tough" crime control agenda: PORAC
Ignoring the Evidence: CDAA
Ignoring the Evidence: CDAA
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
Sacramento's K-Street Lobbyists
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 California, promoting and opposing legislation based on the agenda of their clients.  These firms specialize in strategic political marketing both to the legislature and to the public through the media. This broadcast aims to highlight the influential role lobbying firms play in shaping…
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, 2011. Senior Research Fellow Randall G. Shelden , Ph.D., will present his paper The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and It's Role in the Passage of Crime Control Legislation  on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the panel session The Politics of Punishment and Corrections , 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm in…
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 promote their agenda in California's criminal justice policymaking.   Modern American society is characterized by an unequal distribution of power and economic resources, wherein those who have the greatest access to resources are most able to have their interests represented by the law. …
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 California Criminal Justice Interest Group Watch .  The series aimed to answer the question: when it comes to promoting criminal justice policy in California, what works and why? I conducted my exploration of this issue through three channels: ~ Examining various marketing strategies deployed by…
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 Lynch & Associates in 1985. These two groups explicitly lobby for increases in the fee detainees must pay for bail-posting services.  In California, the Department of Insurance regulates bail premiums (the amount of money paid to a bail bondsman for their services), which are set as a percentage…
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 policy decisions based on their common activities. This four-minute broadcast introduces listeners to the criminal justice special interest group landscape in California, highlighting key players and the strategies they employ to promote their agenda in California's criminal justice policymaking. …
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 California. Listen here If you would like to learn more about this issue, please visit our Interest Groups and Criminal Justice Policy page found under the public education tab on our homepage: $1cjcj.org/Policy-analysis/Political-Landscape.html$4
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 incarceration-driven criminal justice policies.  The publication highlighted three approaches to influencing policy, including: ~ Campaign Contributions ~ Lobbying ~ Relationships and Associations How does it work in California? I have been writing a series of blogs documenting various lobbying efforts in…
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 convene and access a legal system that can otherwise be difficult to penetrate.  In addition, CVUC has taken its victim advocacy to the legislature.  CVUC states it is the only organization of its kind, "and its team of expert lobbyists actively engage in the legislative process -- to ensure that…
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 California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA) is yet another of the clients John Lovell has in his collection. CNOA was founded in 1964 and has approximately 7,000 members, including local, state, and federal peace officers, prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel.  It has historically…

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