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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.  

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…
Catching up with Peter Y. Sussman
Catching up with Peter Y. Sussman San Francisco Chronicle, January 1, 2013
Human Rights Day: A cause for reflection
December 10th marks the annual celebration of Human Rights Day , a special anniversary in the global fight for human rights.  On that day, in 1948, the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) .  The document was born out of the unprecedented violence and dislocation from World War II.  It codified values of human equality, political freedom, and socio-economic dignity.  As such, the UDHR preamble begins: "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the…
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…
Reform 'three strikes': Proposition 36 will improve an unfair, costly and ineffective law
Reform 'three strikes': Proposition 36 will improve an unfair, costly and ineffective law Chico News and Review, September 20, 2012
After 18 Years of "Three Strikes," Are Californians Ready for a Change?
After 18 Years of "Three Strikes," Are Californians Ready for a Change? New American Media, September 3, 2012
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…
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 third-strikers serving 25-years-to-life for drug possession, the initiative intended to require that the third-strike conviction be for a violent or serious felony in order to apply an increased sentence. According to the Legislative Analyst's Office , Proposition 66 would have saved the state several…
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
Rethinking California's 'three-strikes' law
Rethinking California's 'three-strikes' law San Francisco Chronicle, July 3, 2011
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
Supreme Court Demands California Release 30,000 Inmates
Supreme Court Demands California Release 30,000 Inmates Colorlines.com, May 24, 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 Davis (the gloating kidnapper and murderer of 12 year-old Polly Klaas in 1993 and poster-demon for the Three Strikes initiative even though the law wouldn't have prevented his particular crime). Some people commit acts so heinous they can never be released back to society.  So, when I first heard…
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.
Ananish Chaudhuri: Throw three 'strikes' out of the ballpark
Ananish Chaudhuri: Throw three 'strikes' out of the ballpark New Zealand Herald, September 30, 2010.
What a California Sentencing Commission Might Do
What a California Sentencing Commission Might Do California Progress Report, February 20, 2007
California's Three-Strikes Law Ineffective

The data reported in the analysis here do not support claims that the three-strikes law reduced crimes rates through deterrence and selective incapacitation.

Striking Out: The Failure of California's "Three Strikes and You're Out" Law
Striking Out: The Failure of California's "Three Strikes and You're Out" Law
Striking Out: The Crime Control Impact of "Three-Strikes" Laws

Three years after implementation of three strikes in CA; public safety results inconclusive.

Three Strikes: The New Apartheid

As politically expedient "get tough" stances have monopolized the debate on crime, political one-upsmanship has produced the most punitive, expensive and racially disparate criminal justice policies in the state's history.

Big Time for Petty Crime: The Story of Petty Theft Offenders in California

At the cost of approximately $21,000 per year, California is spent $105 million per year to imprison shoplifters.  This study examines whether it impacted crime rates.

Transforming California's Prisons into Expensive Old Age Homes for Felons: Enormous Hidden Costs and Consequences for California's Taxpayers

Given the high costs to house elderly inmates in prison, and their low likelihood of reoffending, the public safety benefits of long sentences are called into question.

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