California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

The prison population & crime rates across #California have declined, yet state spending on incarceration has grown by 32% since 2007. 📈 “We are spending too much on our prison system because our justice system has become convoluted with excessive sentences, countless crimes and arbitrary sentence enhancements.” When we spend over $80,000/year to keep one individual behind bars and less than $12,000/year to support a K-12 student,…

Biting the Bullet: A Systematic Review on Gun Violence in the United States

Biting the Bullet: A Systematic Review on Gun Violence in the United States

The Smoking Gun Every day in the United States, an average of 96 human lives end at the barrel of a gun. [1] In fear, in anger, in self-defense, or all of the above, people are being taken away from their loved ones without the possibility of return in split-seconds of impulsivity and disconnect. The blowback shocks our communities and we begin to cope, addressing visible wounds as our society…

Why I Am Not a Recidivist

Why I Am Not a Recidivist

"How do you assess the recidivism risk of those who have spent decades confined for crimes committed when they were minors?"Cases like Jeremiah's are why we need to reevaluate the parole process. Read the Artice via The Crime Report here.…

Jerry Brown's final State of the State address

Jerry Brown's final State of the State address

This morning, Gov. Jerry Brown gave his final State of the State address. He closed by addressing public safety, showing his support for each and every member of our community, and making a plea to the people of California: "Take time to understand how our system of crime and punishment has evolved, how other states and countries have devised their prison systems and what changes might we now make.…

Violent crime in Oakland down 23 percent since 2012

Violent crime in Oakland down 23 percent since 2012

By HARRY HARRIS from the East Bay Times OAKLAND — When it comes to violent crime, the city is “considerably safer” than it was five years ago, thanks to a combination of police strategies and community involvement, city leaders said Tuesday, optimistic that the trend can be sustained. The message was delivered at a city hall news conference by Mayor Libby Schaaf and Chief of Police Anne E. Kirkpatrick. They were…

The U.S. Has Fewer Crimes. Does That Mean It Needs Fewer Police?

The U.S. Has Fewer Crimes. Does That Mean It Needs Fewer Police?

From the New York Times by JOSE A. DEL REAL With the close of the year, the tally was in: Crime was down in the 30 largest cities in the United States, and even a worrisome uptick in urban murders had subsided. More than two decades of safer cities has cleared the way for major changes in the nation’s criminal justice system: fewer prisoners, shorter sentences and more pardons.…