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Support Prop 47

Why We Must Support Prop 47

n case there is any confusion over dubious advertising, I must go on record urging all of you to Vote Yes on 47 (let alone to place your mark on the entire ballot—many of us sometimes inadvertently forget to do that). In a separate article, I am going to write about the cover-up regarding the […]

yes on 47 volunteering

We Need YOU to Win on 47 – Volunteer Today!

e Californians can make history by de-felonizing nonviolent crimes that never should have been felonies in the first place. Up to one million of our brothers and sisters who suffered the worst consequences of the New Jim Crow in the Golden State can have their lives restored. This is huge, but we won’t win on […]

LGBT Community Should Support Prop 47

LGBT Community Should Support Prop 47

id you know that while the United States makes up only five percent of the world’s population, we house a staggering 25 percent of the world’s prison population? And according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly half of all state prisoners are serving time for non-violent offenses. The racial and gender identities of these […]

Jobs for Formerly Incarcerated

A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison

ames White had steeled himself for the moment. But when he got to the question on the job application — Have you ever been convicted of a crime? — he shifted nervously in his seat. If he checked the “yes” box, he would almost certainly not get the job as a hospital janitor. He checked […]

Divert Mentally Ill

New Los Angeles Program Working To Divert Mentally Ill, Homeless From Jail

hat cycle so familiar to many Californians with mental illnesses may soon be interrupted thanks to the new Third District Diversion and Alternative Sentencing Program in Los Angeles County. Designed for adults who are chronically homeless, seriously mentally ill, and who commit specific misdemeanor and low-level felony crimes, the demonstration project could help reduce recidivism […]

California Prison Crisis

The Messy Politics of California’s Prison Crisis

“A prison that deprives prisoners of basic sustenance, including adequate medical care, is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in civilized society,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the majority in a Supreme Court ruling against Governor Jerry Brown and the state of California in the 2011 case Brown v. Plata. […]