Inmates Treasured, Victims Shunned by Two California State Agencies

By Michele Hanisee If there are two agencies agency full of bureaucrats in California who cannot do enough for prison inmates while tromping on crime victims, it is those who work at the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and those who make policy at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The OAL is […]

A Rush to Judgment Poses a Public Safety Threat

By Eric Siddall If you need any further proof that state legislators do not value public safety, consider Senate Bill 10 (SB 10)  and Assembly Bill 41 (AB 41) which will change our current bail system. Make no mistake, there is a problem with our current bail system. There is no question that it is […]

Common Sense Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

By Scott Dominguez A series of three bills affecting the criminal justice system sponsored by our fellow prosecutors in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office have been introduced in the Legislature and deserve passage. Senate Bill 194 allows the initial term of probation to be extended to beyond the initial maximum term following a […]

A “Spring Cleaning” of Our State Prisons

By Eric Siddall In January, we sent a Public Records Act (PRA) request to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) requesting: All emails, correspondence, or texts between the governor’s office and parole board members, staff, and attorneys regarding the implementation of Proposition 57, including discussion of any rules and regulations proposed from November […]

Sensible and Needed Reforms to AB 109 and Prop 57

By Eric Siddall Assemblyman Ian Calderon has proposed a sensible reform to fix some of the problems of AB109 and Proposition 57. This legislation came about when it was clear that the gang member who murdered Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer was given repeated 10 day “flash incarcerations” for each of his five separate parole […]