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  • Nurturing smart justice in Los Angeles County

    Nurturing smart justice in Los Angeles County
    Nearly four years ago, California's 58 counties and their jails began taking on some of the state's burden of housing and supervising nonviolent felons, and contrary to widespread belief, the shift wasn't merely a result of federal court orders to reduce the state prison population. In fact, policymakers had been urging this public safety realignment for more than a decade, arguing that local authorities were better positioned than the state to create and monitor programs to prevent inmates, once released to their old neighborhoods, from returning to crime.
  • Strip-searches will keep helpful visitors, not illegal drugs, out of prison

    Strip-searches will keep helpful visitors, not illegal drugs, out of prison
    There are only a few proven ways to lower the recidivism rate for prison parolees. Among these is maintaining their family ties during incarceration. And the best way to accomplish that is through regular “contact” visits, in which prisoners...

    California rightly revisits its tough-on-youth-crime stance

    California rightly revisits its tough-on-youth-crime stance
    California long led the world in juvenile injustice. Just five years ago, when there were only seven people outside the U.S. serving life prison terms with no possibility of parole for crimes they had committed before they became adults, California had...

    WWII prisoner of war receives apologies during visit to Japan

    WWII prisoner of war receives apologies during visit to Japan
    Darrell Stark, age 92, of Stafford Springs, recently met with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-2) to talk about his recent trip to Japan. Stark and six other former prisoners of war held by Japan during World War II made the journey as guests of the Japanese...

    Obama-Suu Kyi visit in Myanmar reflects warmth and differences

    They greeted each other with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and then Friday’s meeting between President Obama and Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi quickly moved beyond pleasantries. He suggested she speak out more forcefully on behalf...