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CJCJ Newsletter - We can end the prison crisis safely

Tell the Gov. you don't support prison expansion, attend the drug policy conference of the year, and read about the intersection of immigration and criminal justice.

CJCJ opposes governor's $315 million prison fix

Expensive short-term custodial solutions will not solve California's prison crisis and does not serve public safety interests.

The complex link between incarceration and public safety

Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding focuses on increasing incarceration, rather than enhancing public safety.

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 low-risk inmates now - a step both the federal and the U.S. Supreme Court agree "would be consistent with public safety."

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 Court. Systematically releasing low-risk inmates is a safe and just way to meet this mandate.

Beyond Realignment: Counties’ large disparities in imprisonment underlie ongoing prison crisis

California’s crises of prison overcrowding, unsustainable costs, and court-ordered population reductions are perpetuated by the disparate implementation of Realignment.

One Year into Realignment: Progress Stalls, Stronger Incentives Needed
One Year into Realignment: Progress Stalls, Stronger Incentives Needed
San Mateo County faults three reports that question need for new jail
San Mateo County faults three reports that question need for new jail Daily News, October 4, 2012
California Realignment Picture Comes into Focus
California Realignment Picture Comes into Focus CorrectionalNews, September 5, 2012
Infographic: California rethinks criminal justice
Infographic: California rethinks criminal justice California Watch, August 23, 2012
Report: LA among counties sending more to prison
Report: LA among counties sending more to prison KPCC Radio, August 17, 2012
UPDATE: Nine Months into Realignment: California's Prisoner Decline Continues
UPDATE: Nine Months into Realignment: California's Prisoner Decline Continues
Prison Crisis: Local Solution?
Prison Crisis: Local Solution? Making Contact, June 28, 2012
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline
Systems Change In An Era Of Crime Decline California Progress Report, June 25, 2012
Monterey County Jail overcrowding stymies rehabilitation programs
Monterey County Jail overcrowding stymies rehabilitation programs Monterey Herald, June 16, 2012
Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
UPDATE: Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
UPDATE: Eight Months into Realignment: Dramatic Reductions in California's prisoners
Adult realignment provides counties with opportunities for innovation
Data from the Corrections Standards Authority shows that 71% of jail space in California counties is filled by individuals who are unsentenced.  For the simple reason of not being able to afford a bail amount that varies widely from county to county for the same sentence, these individuals are separated from their communities, families, receive no rehabilitative programming, taking up jail beds that should be used for offenders determined to be a risk to their community, all at the costs of…
Adult realignment and the county jail building boom
Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union released an insightful, comprehensive report on county plans for a massive jail expansion using funding allocated through Assembly Bill 109 and Assembly Bill 900.   AB 109 is the adult realignment bill that shifted responsibility for supervising low-level offenders (non-non-non's) from the state to the county level along with $367 million for first-year implementation.  Adult realignment in California comes at time when public opinion is shifting…
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
How "realignment" will change criminal justice in California
How "realignment" will change criminal justice in California KALW News, September 6, 2011
Conservative states leading the way in prison reform
The Supreme Court decision that California needs to shrink (not release) its prison population has made national headlines, but as I mentioned in my last blog , over the past few years many states have already begun reducing their reliance on incarceration.   What is particularly interesting, as the ACLU   points out in their most recent report, is the overwhelming bi-partisan support for prison reform efforts.  Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, and a handful of other states have successfully…
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
California and the Prison Crisis
California has been facing a prison crisis for decades and it has been constantly flip-flopping.  Back in 2007 Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton summed it up well saying that when it comes to crime both the politicians and the electorate "have demanded that California lock up the bad guys and keep 'em there for a very long time. But they haven't wanted to pay for it." At that point in time (February) the prison population was around 173,000 yet the capacity was about 100,000.  A…

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