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California Supreme Court Rules for Jerry Brown in Prison Case

The California Supreme Court, siding with Gov. Jerry Brown in a major prison case, on Monday overturned a lower court ruling blocking his initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole. In a 6-1 ruling, the court found Brown acted within his discretion when he filed the November ballot initiative as an amendment

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Sentencing reform in California: Another “let them out early” proposal?

California is a strange place politically. Many years ago California had a crime known as larceny. The penalty was six months to life in the state slammer. One such prisoner was incarcerated at DVI where I worked. He stole a bicycle from an unlocked garage. He was also an in-your-face jerk. When he came up

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Prop 47: A ‘virtual get-out-of-jail-free card’

But along with the successes have come other consequences, which police departments and prosecutors refer to as the “unintended effects”: Robberies up 23 percent in San Francisco. Property theft up 11 percent in Los Angeles. Certain categories of crime rising 20 percent in Lake Tahoe, 36 percent in La Mirada, 22 percent in Chico and

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California drops plan to let violent inmates fight fires

California corrections officials on Tuesday dropped a plan to include prisoners with violent backgrounds in the nation’s largest and oldest inmate firefighting unit, a day after the proposal was first reported by The Associated Press. The state still plans to expand the program to include inmates who have up to seven years left to serve

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Inside California’s Jail-Building Boom

Indio, California – In this desert city halfway between Los Angeles and the Arizona border, a small monument to the state’s prison downsizing experiment is materializing in a shopping center storefront, where former felons will soon have access to health screenings, substance-abuse treatment, job training, therapy, and probation officers who look and sound more like

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Man Arrested in Fatal Stabbing in Costa Mesa

Police have released few details about the case but said Tuesday that Breceda and Villasenor Cortes were in a vehicle parked on Peppertree Lane before the attack. Breceda is suspected of stabbing Villasenor Cortes in the neck. Villasenor Cortes ran but collapsed on a lawn, authorities said. At the time, Breceda was free from prison

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OPINION – “Alternatives to Prison”

“There’s been a lot of jail beds built … but it hasn’t kept up with growth, and that’s a fact,” said Supervisor Marion Ashley. Since 1993, Riverside County has been under federal court monitoring due to persistent overcrowding in county jails. Under the first nearly 19 years of this order, the county was forced to

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Mindful of Prop. 47 sentence reductions, Brown aims to scale back private prisons

Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to cut California’s reliance on out-of-state private prisons by half, but seeks to postpone longterm discussion about the state’s own aging lockups and need to rent space from others until next year. The governor’s latest plans, contained in revised spending proposals released Thursday, call for shrinking the number of inmates housed

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PPIC Report: “California’s Changing Prison Population”

California has reduced its prison population to the court-ordered level, at least for now. California’s prison population has been on the decline for several years, since a 2006 peak of 163,000 inmates. In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its prison population to 137.5% of institutional design capacity. A mixture of reforms,

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Incarceration differentiation: Chances of being jailed vary across California

The number of inmates in California’s county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves such as Marin and San Francisco remain far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places such as Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties. San Joaquin

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