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Prop 47 Reduces Felonies

Prop 47 Reduces Drug and Property Crimes to Misdemeanors

n November 4th, California voters will decide whether to send fewer people to state prison by reducing many property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The millions in savings would be sent to community-based rehabilitation programs. The measure is called Proposition 47. It comes 20 years after voters passed the tough-on-crime, Three Strikes law […]

Counting New Crimes

California Agencies at Odds Over Counting New Crimes

alifornia’s attorney general has released a statewide definition of recidivism — a term used for ex-cons who commit new crimes — that conflicts with one being developed by a corrections-related board overseen by Gov. Jerry Brown. The disagreement is important because it will help determine whether the governor’s sweeping changes to the criminal justice system […]

susan burton

Women Suffer Disproportionately Under Harsh California Laws

he’s probably told her story thousands of times, but when we talk, Susan Burton’s tale comes spilling out of her as if it’s the first time she’s shared it: in and out of prison for years for possessing small amounts of crack cocaine, never offered drug diversion or help with housing or work. When Burton […]

peggy edwards

Getting a Finger on the Pulse With Peggy Edwards

ith an election right around the corner that could mark a sea change in the way Los Angeles County deals with criminal justice reform, we got Peggy Edwards to take a few minutes out of her frenetic schedule to share her thoughts on the age-old battle against homelessness and for a saner approach toward incarceration and […]

turning thepage

Turning The Page: October 25th

LA-Area Political Luminaries to Help Rally Community Members for A New Model of Public Safety, Start the 10-Day Countdown to Nov. 4 Voting ustice Not Jails, an interfaith project targeting racialized mass incarceration in California, has announced that several prominent area political leaders will headline a special event to be held at Holman United Methodist Church […]