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California DAs Hope to Slow the Flow of Early Inmate Releases

The planned early release of 76,000 inmates from California prisons is a big meal not well digested by prosecutors across the state. “Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals, shortening sentences as much as 50%, impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk,” says Sacramento County …

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Early Release for 76,000 California Inmates

Last week, Gov. Newsom, in an “emergency declaration”, is giving 76,000 inmates — including violent and repeat felons — the opportunity to leave prison early in order to reduce the state’s prison population. Of the 76,000 inmates, 63,000 were convicted of violent crimes, including 20,000 serving life sentences with the …

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Winners and Losers – April 30

Tim Anaya – Senior Director of Communications and PRI’s Sacramento Office Winner:  Corporate America’s Political Donations – Corporate America was spared a campaign donation ban in California this week when legislation by freshman Asm. Alex Lee was defeated in the Assembly Elections Committee without even receiving a second.  The chair …

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LA’s New DA: A Case of Buyers’ Remorse?

After just two years in office, more than 1,000,000 disgruntled Californians have signed a petition to recall Gavin Newsom.  But in less than two months, many Los Angelenos already have buyers’ remorse with its new district attorney, George Gascón. A “Recall George Gascón” candlelight vigil was recently held in front …

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Could Los Angeles Or San Francisco Be The Next Detroit?

Few would have imagined in 1950, when Detroit was the country’s fifth-largest city, the undisputed car capital of the world and one of the most important cities of its era, that it would become synonymous with urban decay. Yet it happened there. Which means it can happen anywhere, even California. …

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Prop. 20: Will Voters Fix Unintended Consequences in State’s Soft-on-Crime Shift?

Starting with the Legislature’s approval of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s public safety realignment plan in 2011, California has undergone a big change on criminal justice policy. Turning its back on policies like “Three Strikes” that were passed during the 1990’s, voters approved three ballot measures (Props 36, 47, and 57) …

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Heather Mac Donald: The War on Cops Continues

This podcast with Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at City Journal, was recorded from a recent webinar with PRI’s own Steve Hayward doing the Q&A.  Heather offers her perspective on the recent riots, the surge in violent crime in our …

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Prop. 25 – Will Voters Decide to End Cash Bail in California?

With the Presidential debate and the first couple testing positive for COVID-19 dominating the headlines last week, you may have missed a very big story from Yolo County. The Judicial Council, the policymaking body for California’s judicial system, earlier this year adopted a temporary zero cash bail policy in response …

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Should Dangerous Felons on Parole Have the Right to Vote?

Among the measures on a lengthy statewide ballot this November – there are 11 statewide ballot propositions in addition to numerous local measures across the state – are two curious measures that deal with voting. One measure, Proposition 18, would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if …

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Coronavirus, Marching In The Streets And California Crime

The sight of criminals running free in our streets gets the blood up. But while the looting and violence, as ugly as they are, will decelerate, there’s a relatively invisible hand of crime that has the potential to cause harm on a long-term basis. At roughly the same time the …

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California DAs Hope to Slow the Flow of Early Inmate Releases

The planned early release of 76,000 inmates from California prisons is a big meal not well digested by prosecutors across the state. “Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals, shortening sentences as much as 50%, impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk,” says Sacramento County …

Blog

Early Release for 76,000 California Inmates

Last week, Gov. Newsom, in an “emergency declaration”, is giving 76,000 inmates — including violent and repeat felons — the opportunity to leave prison early in order to reduce the state’s prison population. Of the 76,000 inmates, 63,000 were convicted of violent crimes, including 20,000 serving life sentences with the …

Blog

Winners and Losers – April 30

Tim Anaya – Senior Director of Communications and PRI’s Sacramento Office Winner:  Corporate America’s Political Donations – Corporate America was spared a campaign donation ban in California this week when legislation by freshman Asm. Alex Lee was defeated in the Assembly Elections Committee without even receiving a second.  The chair …

Blog

LA’s New DA: A Case of Buyers’ Remorse?

After just two years in office, more than 1,000,000 disgruntled Californians have signed a petition to recall Gavin Newsom.  But in less than two months, many Los Angelenos already have buyers’ remorse with its new district attorney, George Gascón. A “Recall George Gascón” candlelight vigil was recently held in front …

California

Could Los Angeles Or San Francisco Be The Next Detroit?

Few would have imagined in 1950, when Detroit was the country’s fifth-largest city, the undisputed car capital of the world and one of the most important cities of its era, that it would become synonymous with urban decay. Yet it happened there. Which means it can happen anywhere, even California. …

Blog

Prop. 20: Will Voters Fix Unintended Consequences in State’s Soft-on-Crime Shift?

Starting with the Legislature’s approval of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s public safety realignment plan in 2011, California has undergone a big change on criminal justice policy. Turning its back on policies like “Three Strikes” that were passed during the 1990’s, voters approved three ballot measures (Props 36, 47, and 57) …

Crime

Heather Mac Donald: The War on Cops Continues

This podcast with Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at City Journal, was recorded from a recent webinar with PRI’s own Steve Hayward doing the Q&A.  Heather offers her perspective on the recent riots, the surge in violent crime in our …

Blog

Prop. 25 – Will Voters Decide to End Cash Bail in California?

With the Presidential debate and the first couple testing positive for COVID-19 dominating the headlines last week, you may have missed a very big story from Yolo County. The Judicial Council, the policymaking body for California’s judicial system, earlier this year adopted a temporary zero cash bail policy in response …

Blog

Should Dangerous Felons on Parole Have the Right to Vote?

Among the measures on a lengthy statewide ballot this November – there are 11 statewide ballot propositions in addition to numerous local measures across the state – are two curious measures that deal with voting. One measure, Proposition 18, would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if …

Blog

Coronavirus, Marching In The Streets And California Crime

The sight of criminals running free in our streets gets the blood up. But while the looting and violence, as ugly as they are, will decelerate, there’s a relatively invisible hand of crime that has the potential to cause harm on a long-term basis. At roughly the same time the …

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