Robert Koehler: The current system acknowledges only the state’s interest when a crime occurs, and that “interest” is a sheer, bureaucratic abstraction, a predetermined doling out of tit for tat. However, a community’s interest is real and vital.
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli: Established in the heyday of the war on drugs—a.k.a. the war on low-income people of color—asset forfeiture laws were supposed to target drug “kingpins” by confiscating their cash and property. Asset Forfeiture Takes Wealth
Daisy Vieyra: Under federal asset forfeiture laws, the government can legally and permanently forfeit a person’s property and money without charging the person with a crime, or seeking a conviction.
Judging the Judges June 2016 f you are a registered voter in the County of Los Angeles, you have likely received your Official Sample Ballot for the upcoming June 17, 2016 Primary Election. If you haven’t received it you should contact the Los Angeles County Registrar or go to lavote.net. Along with those running for […]
Rosemary Jenkins: Studies have shown that incarceration for the mentally ill only exacerbates their health problems. Commonly, jailers and the medical staff are insufficient in numbers and are generally inadequately trained to handle the very distinct, unique, and discrete problems of this class of inmates.
Marisabel Santiago: If we know students begin to experience sexual behavior within their middle school years, why aren’t we educating them on safe sex and the importance of consent?
Art Cribbs: Law enforcement agents have the authority to seize your home, car, money, and any asset you own before a court can determine your guilt or innocence. That is not fair and should be criminal. But it happens all the time.
Daisy Vieyra: Bill to shine light on officer misconduct and serious use of force approved by the State Senate Public Safety Committee.
Laura Finley: Many campuses are failing to both adequately respond to sexual assaults and to engage in effective prevention programs, as evidenced by the 197 investigations at 161 institutions as of January 19, 2016.
John Peeler: For all their fulminations about Obama’s allegedly unconstitutional behavior, the Republican senators are blatantly disregarding the original intent of the Framers, and thus dishonoring the principles of Justice Scalia himself.
Janet Phelan: One of the disturbing aspects of the Flint situation is how many people at how many levels of government knew about the problem and did not act. Officials at local, state and federal level are implicated in knowing about the leaded water problem and failing to act. Flint Lead Poisoning
Tom Hall: Antonin Scalia He clung to the ancient belief that god created rulers and the common folk are required to be obedient to god’s chosen appointees.
Andy Love: I for one, don’t want the Senate to confirm this particular nominee, particularly given his pro-prosecution record on criminal justice issues. I may be wrong, but I doubt if there are many progressive advocacy groups excited to mobilize for his nomination either.