Steve Smith


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AB 1708 and Care Courts – A Step in the Right Direction

In the mid 1980s, I lived in Traverse City, Michigan, where I was a student at Great Lakes Maritime Academy.  In the downtown, there was a diner eponymously named for its proprietor, head waitress, hostess, and friend to everyone, Stacy.   Like a thousand diners in a thousand small towns, …


Has Criminal Justice Reform Gone Too Far?

Why is California experiencing more crime victimization?

The latest California crime trends in California are not encouraging. In 2022, Los Angeles had a sobering 2,106 more aggravated assaults compared to 2021, 41 percent of which were committed with weapons – for a total crime increase of over 11 percent. Police in the San Francisco Bay Area’s 15 most …


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The People’s Republic of China “Police Stations” a Gulag of Transnational Repression

International police cooperation is a vital component of the rule of law. International organizations like INTERPOL, bilateral prisoner transfer treaties and international law enforcement cooperation help ensure that transnational criminals and fugitives can find no safe haven almost anywhere in the world. In addition to treaty signatories, it is common …


Read about the latest Calfiornia crime nightmare

The Firearms Enforcement Debacle – Res non Verba

Background The Attorney General’s office is tasked with enforcing the Armed and Prohibited Persons System known as APPS which is designed to track firearms transactions in California.  Unfortunately, it has been widely regarded as a failure as the list grew and grew without abate.   Shoddy reporting and record keeping …


CA has over one million victims...

The Mythical Crime Reduction Dividend

This week in the opinion pages of the Orange County Register, UC Santa Cruz Professor Craig Haney and Prosecutors Alliance of California founder Christine DeBerry made the case for further closings in California’s prison system. Using the tired trope of “mass incarceration,” they declare that California has been squandering the …


Crime in Oakland – More Mass Victimization

Criminals in Alameda County just caught a break. Newly elected District Attorney Pamela Price has issued a draft memorandum to her staff requiring them to seek probation in nearly all felony cases with the exception of murder and some sex crimes involving children.   Further, it requires that more severe …


Fallen Selma officer is California’s criminal justice reform’s latest victim

On the morning of Jan. 31, Officer Gonzalo Carrasco of the Selma Police Department was flagged down by a homeowner reporting a trespasser on her property. Carrasco stopped and approached the suspect, who fired several shots, striking Carrasco and allegedly killing him. Responding to the tragedy, Fresno County District Attorney …


Steve Smith talks California’s decade of decriminalization and his new study on the Sunrise FM Podcast

The sudden reemergence of widespread crime – from petty to violent – has Californians of all stripes worried. For Steve Smith of the Pacific Research Institute, the genesis of this slide into crime begin with a trio of policies aimed at early release of prisoners and decriminalization of key laws. …


Steve Smith – Paradise Lost: Crime in the Golden State, 2011–2021

Our guest this week is PRI senior fellow in urban studies Steve Smith.  Steve is a former police officer, has helped organize peacekeeping forces abroad, and is a retired professor of justice administration.


New PRI Report Shows State Experiencing ‘Mass Victimization’ After Decade of Sweeping Criminal Justice Policy Changes

In Wake of Selma Tragedy, New PRI Report Shows State Experiencing ‘Mass Victimization’ After Decade of Sweeping Criminal Justice Policy Changes

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