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Letters To The Editor

Editor: The January 2017 book review of Hannah Arendt’s book regarding Adolf Eichmann was going well until the senior editor began spouting off about the president of the United States of America. This leads us to believe that the senior editor is a member of the third and unofficial national political party, “The Mediacratic Party.” […]

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Court OKs ex-warden’s trial for guard’s sex with inmates

By David Eugene Archer Sr. A former California prison warden can face trial in a sex abuse case, a federal appeals court ruled in October, said the Press Enterprise. Guillermo Garcia, former warden of the California Institution for Women (CIW), lost his appeal in a federal appeals court on Oct. 12, Oakland-based Justice First Attorneys […]

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New law requires inmate’s consent for federal interviews

By Salvador Solorio A new California law requires law enforcement agencies to have inmates sign a written consent before being interviewed by the federal immigration agency. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure, Assembly Bill 2792, on Sept. 28. It limits interviews by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The governor wrote, “The author and proponents greatly […]

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$473.5 million spent on 17 state ballot measures

By David Eugene Archer Sr. The 17 propositions on the California November ballot set a new state record for donations at $473.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Prop. 61, 56 and 52 accounted for more than half of the total contributions, according to the California Secretary of State records. That $473.5 million was […]

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Proposition 57 passed … what now?

By Kevin D. Sawyer Mike Romano, director of the Three Strikes Project at Stanford Law School, shared a few thoughts on ballot initiative Proposition 57 before the election. Now that it has passed, many inmates in California are asking what to do next. Romano did not provide specific details on how the law will be […]

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‘Outrage’ laws can work out badly

At the height of prison reform, Californians may be repeating the mistakes that led to prison overcrowding and excessive punishments in the first place. In the wake of a rise in sexual assaults across California, several state bills passed into law this November will stiffen punishments against a particular category of “offenders.” In the California […]

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Court Rules Parole Board Must Set Base Terms for Lifers Early On

By Chung Kao The state parole board must continue to set base terms at a life prisoner’s first hearing, a California appellate court ruled in a settlement July. The decision was in response to the board’s request earlier this year to be relieved of its obligations to do so because of changes in the state […]

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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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Anti-Recidivism Coalition Urges Voters to Support Prop. 57

By John Lam Californians supporting rehabilitation and prison reform are being urged to register to vote in the November election and to support the Proposition 57 juvenile justice reform ballot measure. That’s the message in a letter from Scott Budnick, founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. He urges those affected by incarceration to get registered to vote […]

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Federal Judge Criticized for Handing Out Lenient Sentence

By David B. Le A federal judge called for scrutiny of the effects of felony convictions, after he sentenced a woman in a felony drug case to probation rather than prison, reported The New York Times. Being a convicted felon, the collateral consequences were enough, Brooklyn, N.Y., Federal District Court Judge Frederic Block said. The […]

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