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New Adelanto Prisons

Adelanto Council Approves Two More Prisons

he Adelanto City Council late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning tentatively approved a fourth and fifth private prison in this High Desert community, which will bring with them six additional sheriff’s deputies for the city. Opponents and supporters of the prisons packed the Council Chambers during the heated council meeting, which continued past midnight. […]

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Peaceful Protesters Wait on Grand Jury in Missouri

fficer Darren Wilson’s bullets shattered the quiet calm of Saturday, August 9 and claimed the life of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown. Ever since that day in Ferguson, Missouri, the nation has been preoccupied. As the country braces for news of whether Wilson will be indicted for Brown’s killing, the narrative is changing ominously. Last […]

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Prop. 47 Could Leave Counties Scrambling for Drug Treatment Funds

he passage of Proposition 47 could leave San Francisco and other counties scrambling to make up the state money they used to receive for successfully treating rather than imprisoning low-level drug and property crime offenders, law enforcement officials say. The Nov. 4 ballot measure, co-sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and approved by […]

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LA Clergy & Coalition Leaders Call for Systematic Change in Law Enforcement Regardless of Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

eeting yesterday at Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles clergy and community leaders announced their intention to press for systemic change in law enforcement practices and in law enforcement culture no matter what the Ferguson grand jury decides in regard to the Michael Brown shooting. At the same time, the leaders who met yesterday said […]

LA Criminal Justice Challenges

Briefing for Faith Leaders on LA Criminal Justice Challenges

ith almost 19,000 persons behind bars, the LA County jail system is the largest local jail system in the country; it is also a system marked by decades of documented abuse in the form of deputy-on-inmate brutality and violence—even gang activity by groups of deputies—to the point that the U.S. Dept. of Justice is requiring […]

Now That Prop 47 Has Passed

Survey: What’s Next Now That Prop 47 Passed?

t would seem that the region’s criminal justice reform community had a big day this past November 4th. That Election Day, Californians voted overwhelmingly in favor of Prop 47, the ballot measure that reduces six low-level, non-violent felonies to misdemeanor status. Then here in Los Angeles County, voters elected a new Sheriff, also by an […]