Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Criminal justice reform next year in CA?

Interesting op-ed in the SF Chronicle of December 26 by Daniel Macallair, Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, located here in San Francisco. He writes:
Since 1990, the state Legislature has attempted to create a sentencing commission on three separate occasions only to have it vetoed once by Gov. George Deukmejian and twice by Gov. Pete Wilson. With the overcrowding and the state's prison system on the verge of collapse, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has now proposed establishing such a body. Let us hope that the current crisis-driven initiative will usher in an era of responsible stewardship of the state's criminal-justice system that has long been absent in Sacramento.

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