Three-Strikes Changes Appear to Be Working

While Justice Not Jails celebrates the reality that Dan Morain reports–i.e. the very low recidivism rate among the released Striker population–we also point out that the releases have proceeded very slowly. Too slowly. And in LA County community advocates have had to scramble to find free beds and services for the returnees because the county […]


Activist Battles Jailers’ ‘Culture of Violence’

utside the bunker-like county jail complex, bail bondsmen hover by the visitors’ entrance, thrusting fliers at potential customers as they file in to see husbands, sons and friends. Along the sidewalk, taxi drivers hustle for fares among newly released inmates who pace about, dialing cellphones, reconnecting and searching for rides. A young woman with a […]


LA Sheriff Debate in Santa Monica: April 24th

Seven candidates to replace departed Sheriff Lee Baca will debate on Thursday, April 24th, at the Church in Ocean Park. 235 Hill Street.


Echoes of the Superpredator

emember “superpredators”? Nearly 20 years ago, they prowled into the American consciousness — a menacing new breed of children, born of crack-addled mothers and absent fathers, and programmed solely for murder and mayhem. The superpredator “is so impulsive, so remorseless, that he can kill, rape, maim, without giving it a second thought,” said John DiIulio Jr., […]


Sheriff Candidates Take It Personally in South LA

alled “Boxing for Sheriff: Business As Usual Vs. New Ideas,” the latest in a series of debates among the seven candidates vying to replace departed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca broke out in a rash of finger-pointing, hot glances, and shaking heads appropriate to the event’s billing, though perhaps not its locale in St. […]