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  • California Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison

    Twenty years ago, amid a national panic over crime, California voters adopted the country’s most stringent three-strikes law, sentencing repeat felons to 25 years to life, even if the third offense was a minor theft. The law epitomized the tough-on-crime policies that produced overflowing prisons and soaring costs. Erik Eckholm in the New York Times

  • Attorney General Says Crime Down Across California

    Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said. The violent crime rate per 100,000 residents decreased to its lowest level since 1967, the state Department of Justice said in a new report posted on its website. Violent crimes were down 6.5 percent from 2012, while property crimes were

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  • Judge: Stockton can reject CalPERS contract to pay creditors

    Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits. Stockton argued that it must make its pension contributions for public employees before its creditors are paid the

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  • Gov. signs bill to end forced prison sterilization

    Legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will prohibit California prisons from forcing women to be sterilized for birth control. The Democratic governor announced Thursday that he signed SB1135 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Santa Barbara Democrat. It takes effect Jan. 1… The Associated Press in the Merced Sun Star

  • Press Release: CCPOA Elects Chuck Alexander Its New State President

    WEST SACRAMENTO – At its Annual Convention this week, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) elected Chuck Alexander as its new State President, replacing Mike Jimenez, who is retiring at the end of this year. “I’m honored to have the confidence of the membership, and look forward to representing the hardworking men and women

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  • Correction: California Prisons-Drug Screening

    Starting next month, California will begin implementing one of the nation’s toughest protocols for access to state prisons in an attempt to reduce the flow of illegal drugs to inmates. Most of the procedures outlined Wednesday by state corrections officials — including airport-style hand swabs and drug-sniffing dogs — will apply to visitors and staff.

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