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    San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is one of the sponsors of an effort to reduce some felonies to misdemeanors and allow some inmates to seek resentencing.

  • Matt Rexroad

    Matt Rexroad, a political consultant and attorney based in Sacramento, is chairman of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and the former mayor of Woodland.

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  • By the numbers

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s “realignment” of criminal justice procedures, aimed at reducing overcrowding in state prisons by diverting more felons into local jails and probation, has not resulted in lower rates of new criminal activity among offenders, says a study by the Public Policy Institute of California. The findings comport with a report from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that “there is very little difference between the one-year arrest and conviction rates of offenders released pre- and post-realignment.”

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Will ballot measure draw law enforcement foes?

Published: Sunday, Jun. 29, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 29, 2014 - 10:08 pm

The “Get out of jail free” cards featured in the board game Monopoly are often cited in debate over prison and jail sentencing reform.

But might the phrase be co-opted by not-yet-revealed opponents of a fall campaign to reduce from felonies to misdemeanors certain nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and petty theft?

The measure, sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne, would allow people currently serving time to become eligible to petition a judge for resentencing and release.

Supporters estimate about 10,000 would become eligible. But they stressed it would require a thorough criminal-history review.

Hundreds of millions in annual savings from the measure would go to victims, truancy prevention and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

John Lovell, a lobbyist for police chiefs and narcotics officers, says such groups have in the past opposed similar proposals and will scrutinize this one. “The public is entitled to know who those 10,000 (people) are. I can tell you categorically they are not simple drug possessors.”

– Christopher Cadelago


BY THE NUMBERS

Gov. Jerry Brown’s “realignment” of criminal justice procedures, aimed at reducing overcrowding in state prisons by diverting more felons into local jails and probation, has not resulted in lower rates of new criminal activity among offenders, says a study by the Public Policy Institute of California. The findings comport with a report from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that “there is very little difference between the one-year arrest and conviction rates of offenders released pre- and post-realignment.”

– Dan Walters


WORTH REPEATING

“$76 million for a suicide barrier on Golden Gate is stupid. That does nothing to solve the mental health problem.”

Matt Rexroad, political consultant and Yolo County supervisor, via Twitter.



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