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  • Fee Abolition and the Promise of Debt-Free Justice for Young People and Their Families in California: A Status Report on the Implementation of Senate Bill 190 Berkeley Law Policy Advocacy Clinic, October, 2019“In violation of SB 190, some counties continue to assess prohibited fees against young people ages 18-21 in criminal court for home detention, electronic monitoring, and drug testing.”
  • How many people in your state go to local jails every year? Prison Policy Initiative, September, 2019(The number of people who go to jail each year varies dramatically from state to state. In South Dakota, 2,888 people per 100,000 go to jail each year, while in California 934 per 100,000 go.)
  • Unlocking the Bar: Expanding Access to the Legal Profession for People with Criminal Records in California Stanford Center on the Legal Profession & Stanford Criminal Justice Center, July, 2019“Successive barriers impede access to California's legal profession for qualified candidates with criminal records.”
  • The Effect of Sentencing Reform on Crime Rates: Evidence from California's Proposition 47 Patricio Dominguez-Rivera, Magnus Lofstrom, and Steven Raphael, July, 2019“We find little evidence that the changes in correctional populations, arrests, and convictions reclassifications ushered in by California's proposition 47 impacted violent crime rates in the state.”
  • "Nothing Good Happens in There:" Closing and Repurposing Youth Detention Facilities in California Impact Justice, July, 2019“Our experience in this field has demonstrated time and again that simply closing a facility is not enough: The real focus of the work must be in developing and implementing repurposing strategies which truly benefit the community.”
  • Recidivism of Felony Offenders in California Public Policy Institute of California, June, 2019“We find that rearrest and reconviction rates have declined for felony offenders released from October 2011 to October 2015.”
  • The California Death Penalty is Discriminatory, Unfair, and Officially Suspended. So Why Does Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey Still Seek to Use It? ACLU, June, 2019“All of the 22 people who have received death sentences while Lacey has been in office are people of color.”
  • Towed into Debt: How Towing Practices in California Punish Poor People Western Center on Law & Poverty, March, 2019“For many Californians, a vehicle tow means the permanent loss of their car and, along with it, the loss of employment, access to education and medical care, and, for some, their only shelter.”
  • Repairing the Road to Redemption in California Californians for Safety and Justice, September, 2018(This report highlights the lifetime consequences of having a conviction in California for individuals, families, and communities and includes recommendations to increase legal remedies and remove unnecessary restrictions.)
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Arrests for Drug Possession After California Proposition 47, 2011-2016 Mooney et al., August, 2018“Reducing criminal penalties for drug possession can reduce racial/ethnic disparities in criminal justice exposure and has implications for improving health inequalities linked to social determinants of health.”
  • Can We Downsize Our Prisons and Jails Without Compromising Public Safety? Findings from California's Prop 47 Bradley J. Bartos and Charis E. Kubrin, August, 2018“Our findings reveal that Prop 47 had no effect on homicide, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and burglary. At the same time, we find that larceny and motor vehicle thefts appear to have increased moderately.”
  • The Impact of Early Representation: An Analysis of the San Francisco Public Defender's Pre-Trial Release Unit California Policy Lab, June, 2018(In October 2017, the San Francisco Public Defender's Office piloted the Pre-Trial Release Unit (PRU) which doubled the likelihood of release at arraignment - from 14% to 28% - for arrestees who received arrest-responsive interventions from the PRU.)
  • The Impact of Proposition 47 on Crime and Recidivism Public Policy Institute of California, June, 2018(This report finds no evidence that violent crime increased as a result of Proposition 47.)
  • Don't Stop Now: California leads the nation in using public higher education to address mass incarceration. Will we continue? Corrections to College California, March, 2018“This publication highlights California’s successful efforts to build public higher education access for thousands of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, both in custody and on college campuses throughout the state.”
  • Officer Health and Wellness: Results from the California Correctional Officer Survey Amy E. Lerman, November, 2017(This report summarizes the results from a correctional officer study examining mental and physical wellness; exposure to violence; attitudes towards rehabilitation and punishment; job training and management; work-life balance; and training and support.)
  • The dismal state of transgender incarceration policies Prison Policy Initiative, November, 2017“Even in supposed progressive bastions such as California and Vermont, a trans person is not assured of the full range of basic rights that the federal commission deemed necessary for their safety while incarcerated.”
  • Pretrial Detention Reform: Recommendations to the Chief Justice Judicial Branch of California Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup, October, 2017(California's pretrial detention system unnecessarily compromises victim & public safety because it bases a person's liberty on financial resources, not their likelihood of future criminal behavior, exacerbating socioeconomic disparities & racial bias.)
  • California Probation in the Era of Reform Public Policy Institute of California, August, 2017(California's public safety realignment shifted the management of lower-level offenders from state prison and parole to county jail and probation. This report discusses how these changes affected local corrections systems.)
  • Electronic Monitoring of Youth in the California Juvenile Justice System UC Berkeley School of Law, July, 2017“The report demonstrates electronic monitoring programs can impose dozens of strict and inflexible rules on participants. Financial burdens imposed by electronic monitoring programs disproportionately hurt low-income families.”
  • Orange County Jails American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, June, 2017“Failing to remedy poor conditions of confinement and hold deputies accountable for misconduct, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has implicitly endangered the constitutional rights of incarcerated individuals.”
  • Confronting California's Continuing Prison Crisis: The Prevalence And Severity Of Mental Illness Among California Prisoners On The Rise Stanford Justice Advocacy Project, May, 2017“While the overall state prison population has decreased dramatically, the percentage of state prisoners with mental illness has increased by 77 percent.”
  • The Devil in the Details: Bail Bond Contracts in California UCLA School of Law, May, 2017“After analyzing the fine print in more than 100 contract documents online corresponding to 10 sureties, we identified 20 problems with bail bond contracts that violate common notions of fairness and justice.”
  • Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California's Traffic Court System Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, May, 2017“The available county-level data shows that African-American people in particular are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked on arrests related to failure to pay an infraction ticket.”
  • Bail Reform in California UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, May, 2017(This report examines California's system of commercial surety bail, recommending that it be replaced with risk assessment tools and non-bail release to improve predictive accuracy, race neutrality, and other outcomes such as fiscal impact.)
  • "Not in it for Justice": How California's Pretrial Detention and Bail System Unfairly Punishes Poor People Human Rights Watch, April, 2017“Nearly every offense in California is bail-eligible, yet many defendants cannot afford to pay. In California, the majority of county jail prisoners have not been sentenced, but are serving time because they are unable to pay for pretrial release.”

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