The latest prison and sentencing reform news from California
By Douglas A. Berman
As detailed in this local article, headlined "California Assembly passes prison-cut plan less sweeping than Senate's," the drama surrounding prison and sentencing reform in California continues apace. Here are some of the details of the latest news:
The California Assembly narrowly passed legislation Monday to alter the state's parole system and cut hundreds of millions from prison spending this year, but the plan may be doomed.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has vowed to withhold concurrence until the Assembly acts on even deeper cuts and systemic changes. "The Assembly took a good first step today but it's not a complete package," Steinberg said in a written statement.
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass said she is confident that negotiations in coming days will produce legislation to end the impasse...continue to full post
Commission on Sentencing Reform Recommends New York Drug Law Reform Source: Crime and Justice News, February 4, 2009.
"A state commission has recommended changing New York's drug laws to emphasize addiction treatment for low-level offenders and reserve long prison terms for high-risk criminals, although some lawmakers don't think the suggested reforms went far enough, according to the Associated Press...
MA: "Reform is Needed" letter by Barbara Dougan of FAMM Letters to the Editor - The Boston Globe Reform is needed November 23, 2008 "PRISON TO double-bunk inmates" highlights the urgent need for sentencing reform in Massachusetts. Our prisons are bursting, due in large part to costly and inflexible mandatory...
Editorial NY Times: California Is Failing the Prison Test Editorial California Is Failing the Prison Test Published: August 26, 2009- NY Times The California Legislature has failed several times to change backward sentencing and parole policies that keep the state?s prisons dangerously overcrowded with too many minor offenders sent...