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High Crime in Oakland Claims In-N-Out

Why is In-N-Out Closing in Oakland? Out of Control Crime in the “Crime Triangle”

Last month, In-N-Out, California’s iconic purveyor of burgers and fresh cut fries, opened one of its newest locations in Boise, Idaho. Eager Idahoans waited in eight-hour long lines for what for many was their first Double-Double with fries “animal” style, proving perhaps that not everything from California is bad in ...
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Newsom public safety budget shortchanges crime victims

For California’s Crime Victims – Budget Dust

Despite his protestations to the opposite in the recent debate with Governor DeSantis,  California’s violent crimes are up 6.1 percent and property crimes are up 6.2 percent over their 2021 levels, making California a crime outlier compared to national crime statistics which have dropped. The Governor’s “Real Public Safety Plan” ...
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Despite obvious signs, liberals continue to defend Prop. 47

The Coming 2024 Crime Policy Lollapalooza

One of the best words in the English language is “lollapalooza”.  It’s so unique and mellifluous that it could almost be an example of onomatopoeia like clap, boom, bark, or bang.  It’s also a popular musical festival and honestly, it’s just fun to say. The word nerd in me was ...
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Prop 47 Never Stood a Chance

Nine years ago, Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 47 – The “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” – and in so doing affirmed and then reaffirmed in later elections their desire that California both reduce crime and rates of incarceration.   This is a tall order for any bureaucracy – and one ...
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Read about rise in crime against seniors

California – It’s No Place for the Old

On Halloween Eve this year a 79-year-old woman was walking along Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica when she was beaten on her head and robbed of her purse by four suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  An alert witness contacted the police and, thanks to a good ...
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Read latest on fight against fentanyl

A Deal with China on Fentanyl?

According to a story in Reuters: . . . The administration is set to remove restrictions on China’s Institute of Forensic Science in a bid to convince Beijing to step up cooperation to halt the flow of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in the United States. Blocking fentanyl “precursor” chemicals has ...
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Learn about California's rising crime problem

California’s Victim Compensation Board – Helping Victims, or Themselves?

The California crime victimization numbers are staggering.  In 2022, the last full year of statistics, violent crime rose 6.1 percent and property crimes rose 6.2 percent.  In all – 193,019 people were reported victims of violent crime and there were 902,977 reported property crimes for a total of 1,095,496 crimes.  ...
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Read part 3 of 3 part series on Norway's prison system

What Can California Learn from Norway’s Prison System? (Part Three)

Critics of the California (and presumably the entire US) correctional system) often point out that Norwegian correctional staff are not armed, and mix freely with inmates. Inmates attend religious services, practice yoga, sports, vocational skills, attend classes, and officers do not use martial terms or ranks. California’s facilities offer many ...
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Read part 2 of 3 part series on Norway's prison system

Should California Really Be Following Norway’s Lead on Criminal Justice Reform? (Part Two)

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) measures post incarceration conduct three ways: rearrests, reconvictions, and returns to prison.  The most recent study, published in April 2023, studies a cohort of inmates released in 2017/18 for a period of three years. A three-year period is generally accepted as adequate ...
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Read part 1 of 3 part series on Norway's prison system

Prisons – California Dreamin’, or a Norwegian Nightmare? (Part One)

Armed with reports of low recidivism rates – and apparently ignorant of California’s own recidivism statistics (except to say they are too high) – Gov. Newsom made reducing recidivism a focal point of his 2023 State of the State tour where one of his first stops was San Quentin Prison.  ...
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High Crime in Oakland Claims In-N-Out

Why is In-N-Out Closing in Oakland? Out of Control Crime in the “Crime Triangle”

Last month, In-N-Out, California’s iconic purveyor of burgers and fresh cut fries, opened one of its newest locations in Boise, Idaho. Eager Idahoans waited in eight-hour long lines for what for many was their first Double-Double with fries “animal” style, proving perhaps that not everything from California is bad in ...
Blog

Newsom public safety budget shortchanges crime victims

For California’s Crime Victims – Budget Dust

Despite his protestations to the opposite in the recent debate with Governor DeSantis,  California’s violent crimes are up 6.1 percent and property crimes are up 6.2 percent over their 2021 levels, making California a crime outlier compared to national crime statistics which have dropped. The Governor’s “Real Public Safety Plan” ...
Blog

Despite obvious signs, liberals continue to defend Prop. 47

The Coming 2024 Crime Policy Lollapalooza

One of the best words in the English language is “lollapalooza”.  It’s so unique and mellifluous that it could almost be an example of onomatopoeia like clap, boom, bark, or bang.  It’s also a popular musical festival and honestly, it’s just fun to say. The word nerd in me was ...
Blog

Prop 47 Never Stood a Chance

Nine years ago, Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 47 – The “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” – and in so doing affirmed and then reaffirmed in later elections their desire that California both reduce crime and rates of incarceration.   This is a tall order for any bureaucracy – and one ...
Blog

Read about rise in crime against seniors

California – It’s No Place for the Old

On Halloween Eve this year a 79-year-old woman was walking along Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica when she was beaten on her head and robbed of her purse by four suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun.  An alert witness contacted the police and, thanks to a good ...
Blog

Read latest on fight against fentanyl

A Deal with China on Fentanyl?

According to a story in Reuters: . . . The administration is set to remove restrictions on China’s Institute of Forensic Science in a bid to convince Beijing to step up cooperation to halt the flow of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in the United States. Blocking fentanyl “precursor” chemicals has ...
Blog

Learn about California's rising crime problem

California’s Victim Compensation Board – Helping Victims, or Themselves?

The California crime victimization numbers are staggering.  In 2022, the last full year of statistics, violent crime rose 6.1 percent and property crimes rose 6.2 percent.  In all – 193,019 people were reported victims of violent crime and there were 902,977 reported property crimes for a total of 1,095,496 crimes.  ...
Blog

Read part 3 of 3 part series on Norway's prison system

What Can California Learn from Norway’s Prison System? (Part Three)

Critics of the California (and presumably the entire US) correctional system) often point out that Norwegian correctional staff are not armed, and mix freely with inmates. Inmates attend religious services, practice yoga, sports, vocational skills, attend classes, and officers do not use martial terms or ranks. California’s facilities offer many ...
Blog

Read part 2 of 3 part series on Norway's prison system

Should California Really Be Following Norway’s Lead on Criminal Justice Reform? (Part Two)

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) measures post incarceration conduct three ways: rearrests, reconvictions, and returns to prison.  The most recent study, published in April 2023, studies a cohort of inmates released in 2017/18 for a period of three years. A three-year period is generally accepted as adequate ...
Blog

Read part 1 of 3 part series on Norway's prison system

Prisons – California Dreamin’, or a Norwegian Nightmare? (Part One)

Armed with reports of low recidivism rates – and apparently ignorant of California’s own recidivism statistics (except to say they are too high) – Gov. Newsom made reducing recidivism a focal point of his 2023 State of the State tour where one of his first stops was San Quentin Prison.  ...
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