Gov. Brown Can Release Prisoners Early Without Compromising Public Safety

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Lizzie Buchen: Keeping low-risk inmates behind bars does not enhance public safety; in fact, doing so may endanger the public, as excessive prison terms hamper reentry, damage families, and weaken communities.

California Leads the Nation in Wrongful Convictions: I Would Know

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Franky Carrillo: I was locked up more than 20 years ago for a murder I did not commit, and last year I was finally able to prove my innocence and was released.

Sheila Kuehl on Prop 36: Three Strikes

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rop 36 reduces the prison sentences for those who committed a non-violent, non-serious felony as their third strike. The new sentence would be twice the usual sentence for the crime they committed as a third strike.

Passing Prop 34 Means California Never Executes an Innocent Person

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FRanky Carrillo: Most people can’t imagine being found guilty of a crime they didn’t commit. I never expected that my youth would slip away in prison after I was wrongly convicted.

Sheila Kuehl on Prop 35: Sex Trafficking

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Sheila Kuehl: Prop 35 would also define crimes related to the creation and distribution of obscene materials with minors as a form of trafficking, including duplicating or selling such materials.

2012 California Proposition Forum — Saturday, October 6th

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2012 California Proposition Forum – The ACLU So. California Westside Chapter invites you to a 2012 Initiatives Forum Saturday, October 6 in Santa Monica

California’s Death Penalty: 366 Days Down, 68 More to Go

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Jeanne Woodford: Support for Prop 34 continues to grow because people understand that California’s death penalty is broken beyond repair. California has only executed 1% of those sentenced to death in 34 years.

California’s Death Penalty: What Prop 34 Actually Says about First-Degree Murder

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Chris Stampolis: Proposition 34 simply strips out the statutory references to a “death” option for convictions of first degree murder that carry a separate finding of special circumstances.

Sandusky’s Crimes & the Accountability of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

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Dave Zirin: With Jerry Sandusky, brand protection for both the football program and a research university with a $1.8 billion endowment mattered more to those in power than acting aggressively.

Death Penalty: Let Voters Decide

Judge Cordell is joined by four volunteer signature gatherers with six boxes of petitions from San Francisco County voters.

James Clark: Thousands of Californians are joining together to call on local district attorneys to stop seeking death sentences until voters get a chance to weigh in on this broken system.

Ending California’s Death Penalty to Solve More Crimes

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Jeanne Woodford: By replacing the death penalty, California will free up much-needed funds for DNA testing and other vital tools needed to tackle the shocking 46% of murder and 56% of reported rape cases that remain unsolved in our state every year, on average.

Ending California’s Wasteful Tinkering With The Machinery Of Death

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Andy Love: California’s death penalty needs to be abolished. Putting aside the philosophical and spiritual questions about the immorality of the death penalty, it is costly, arbitrary, discriminatory, and unworkable.

A Message to Trafficking Victims That Their Lives Matter

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Rachel Lloyd: Sara Kruzan was 16 years old when she was charged with killing her 31-year-old pimp, a man who had been grooming her since she was 11 years old and trafficking her since she was 13.

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Dangerous People Needed

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Ellsberg risked life in prison to expose the lies that had taken this nation into war in Vietnam, lies from Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. And Nixon believed that Ellsberg had incriminating documents on his own lies, which led Henry Kissinger to call Ellsberg “the most dangerous man in America.”

Friday Feedback: Paul Koretz Comments on the Death Penalty and Innocent People

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment that was submitted in response to “It Is Likely We Have Executed Innocent People” by Sharon Kyle. The comment was submitted by former California Assembly Representative Paul Koretz who is currently running for Los Angeles City [...]

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