Author Archives: Miguel Sifuentes

Lt. Gov. Newsom Supports Repealing Death Penalty

By Miguel Sifuentes In late July, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voiced his support for the ballot measure that would repeal the death penalty in California. Newsom said the policy did not deter crime and was fundamentally immoral. Proposition 62 would abolish a system “that is administered with troubling racial disparities,” he said. “(I)…believe that […]

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Sanchez Blasts Obama for Harris Endorsement

By Miguel Sifuentes Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez blasted President Obama for endorsing her rival in California’s U.S. Senate race. She accused him of being part of the “entrenched political establishment” that has failed California voters. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in late July announced they are endorsing state Attorney General Kamala Harris […]

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Maryland Reforms Juvenile Prison Practices

By Miguel Sifuentes Journalism Guild Writer For years, the youth in juvenile justice systems have been subjected to two controversial practices: shackling and strip searches. However, many states have banned one or both practices, with Maryland the most recent state to attempt to curtail shackling in the courtroom, the Baltimore Sun reported. In Maryland, juvenile […]

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Kansas Passes Legislation To Counter Recidivism

By Miguel Sifuentes A nearly unanimous vote in February by the Kansas Senate passed legislation shifting the focus of the state’s juvenile justice system to reduce incarceration of low-risk offenders. The bill shifts millions of dollars into community-based programs to counter recidivism by funding education and treatment. The bill was advanced by Senator Greg Smith (R-Kansas). […]

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