Lizzie Buchen: It is unacceptable that today in California police officers can legally kill someone even when they don’t have to.
Lizzie Buchen: Long prison sentences endanger the public by inhaling funds that could otherwise be used for addressing the root causes of crime.
Lizzie Buchen: Not only do victims experience anxiety, stress, and fear, but they also have difficulty accessing services that can help them deal with this psychological aftermath.
Lizzie Buchen: The bill stigmatizes people who have suffered from mental illness by shackling them with harsher supervision, and unreasonably assumes they will receive better supervision and treatment from the state than from the community.
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.