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Laura Rodriguez
· June 6, 2016
Not all people are incapable of improvement. My boyfriend was released from pelican bay in September 2014 after serving 20 years for a violent crime he committed as a young teenager. He immediately fo...und work doing whatever he could for income. From ringing the salvation army bell in front of Walmart to helping a friend clean offices. He got his forklift license and now works at Amazon warehouse part time. He is still searching for full time employment with benefits. He motivates me and encourages me to excel. I am so proud of him. See More
Lizann Warner
· September 20, 2016
Shame on you for stealing a trademarked name "Crime Survivors" to promote your agenda!! That name belongs to an organization that helps victims of crimes. People are confusing you for them...and the l...ast thing that victims need is to have donations meant to help them diverted to helping criminals!!!
Get your own name- stop using theirs!
It's all over the news...you guys are gonna get a bad rep if you continue. Everyone's aware what is happening here. Please stop!
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Shafar Khaaliq
· November 28, 2017
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad Messenger Of ALLAH teacheteaches us that we Blacjs do not ave no justicein America or California.
Meño Manuel
· August 29, 2016
I got deported for a theft i was misrepresented by an attorney n gudge wrong by gudge Nuñez from superior court in fresno my crime was like 600 hundred dollars on damages only n they gudme me on a bur...glary i lost my papers n got deported because of that theirs lots of errors on my case i think i fit in propio 47 See More
Christina Arechiga
· December 5, 2016
Because JUSTICE must prevail! Prop 47 is the will of the people to end mass incarceration.
Donald George
· September 29, 2016
This will put criminals back on the street! Califirnia is becoming the pro crime capital of the USA. Raping an intoxicated person IS violent! What a lie this prop is.
Shawn Carroll
· May 16, 2016
Scumbags. Bet you won't be in such a hurry to absolve criminals of their guilt after your homes are broken into.
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Everyone has the right to support and provide for their family. There are too many barriers to jobs, education & housing for people with records that are making this impossible. A record shouldn't be a scarlet letter #SecondChances

I still remember the day I was released from prison. After serving seven years at California State Prison-Sacramento, I was told that, finally, my time had come. As I stood on the precipice of freedom and redemption, with just one final electronic gat
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Please Read our statement on Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposed Budget below:

California Would Spend More Than $12 Billion
on Corrections Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposed Budget

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Increase in Prop. 47 Savings Helps Ensure Re-Investment in Local Crime Prevention and Treatment Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s corrections budget increases to an all-time high of over $12 billion in the state budget proposed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, including a new investment of more than $131 million for prison infrastructure.

The budget also contains over $64 million in savings attributed to Proposition 47, the most of any year yet, which will be reallocated to community-based crime prevention programs like drug and mental health treatment aimed at successfully addressing the drivers of crime.

The following can be attributed to John J. Bauters, director of government relations for Californians for Safety and Justice:

“While we understand the governor’s interest in providing for the safety, health and welfare of people who are currently incarcerated, the $12 billion the governor is proposing we spend on corrections next year represents an increase of well over 500 percent since 1981. And what’s really troublesome about that kind of heavy spending on prisons is how little it translates to actually keeping Californians safe in the long run. Excessive prison spending and over-incarceration not only prevents California from resolving the crises in our communities that give rise to crime, but it also plays a significant role in exacerbating the cycle of crime. That’s why the increased amount of savings from Prop. 47 are so critical. By shifting dollars away from incarceration and into our local communities, we are finally beginning to address the acute community needs that are actively contributing to the cycle of crime. It is imperative that we bring balance back to our state’s public safety investments.”

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Shifts in crime are driven primarily by local conditions and practices, not statewide policy. Critics and supporters of reform alike should be digging into what’s working and what isn’t at the local level.

Over the past several years, California has dramatically reduced the prison population, given hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to live a better life free from the burden of a felony …
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Since 1995, CA's population has increased by more than 7 million people, but the facilities & beds for acute psychiatric care have decreased.

The time to create a #rehabilitation and #MentalHealth infrastructure is now; we can help prevent #crime & steer people on the right path.

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Why hundreds of fully trained firefighters are being prevented from protecting us from the historic #wildfires ravaging California

Former inmates need right to work, find housing and become successful, contributing members of society
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Overlooked: 86% of women in jail are survivors of sexual-violence. "We need to end the survivor-of-sexual-trauma to prisoner pipeline.

At the moment, women are the fastest-rising population in jail, and also the most imperiled
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It doesn’t make sense: Amika received academy-level training and certification as a firefighter, but was legally barred from putting that training to use to become a firefighter upon her release. #SecondChances

Former inmates need right to work, find housing and become successful, contributing members of society
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A #MustRead article that shows why we drastically need #BailReform,

"So he changed his plea and took the deal. The prosecutor agreed to the immediate release of a man who had supposedly been too dangerous to set free just a few minutes earlier."

The California bail system is coercive
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“Today is about celebrating the wins we’ve accomplished with our allies and partners over the past 5 years, but also looking forward to the future and making certain we don’t let our feet off of the accelerator and continue to push for deep reforms in the state to help give individuals who never had a first chance or second chance, to help insure we are making communities whole.

Understanding that all of us have a role in providing and supporting public safety. To make it plain, we have to close prisons and reallocate dollars in order to build a community that we all want to live and grow in.” - Alex Martin Johnson, Managing Director

The organization takes the holistic approach to Criminal Justice reform by dealing with the criminal system, the community, the victims and the incarcerated.
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Since 1995, CA's population has increased by more than 7 million people, but the facilities & beds for acute psychiatric care have decreased.

The time to create a #rehabilitation and #MentalHealth infrastructure is now; we can help prevent #crime & steer people on the right path.

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"I got through the first interview feeling really confident, leaving with a friendly handshake from the woman who conducted the interview. As I walked away, I saw her look at the application, and drop it in the trash. My heart sank. I knew I would never get a call back."

More than 60% of formerly incarcerated individuals remain unemployed a year after their release. Let's help end barriers to employment so we can make our communities safer as a whole. #SecondChances

Our system of criminal justice is built on a fundamental belief that those convicted of wrongdoing have a debt that should be paid to society, and then forgiven. But for many people with criminal records, the consequences of past mistakes continue to hamper our ability to thrive long after that debt...
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When Did Prisons Become Acceptable Mental Health Facilities? The population of mentally ill inmates in CA prisons has doubled since 2000, 1/3 of the prison population now participate in a mental health program.

Mental illness cases have risen in California, while treatment and funding have not kept up.

Since 1995, California’s population has increased by more than 7 million people, but the facilities and beds for acute psychiatric care have decreased.

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The time to create a rehabilitation and mental health infrastructure is now, we can help prevent crime and steer people on the right path.

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Since 1995, California’s population has increased by more than 7 million people, but the facilities and beds for acute psychiatric care have decreased.
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#SafeandSound: How reducing the prison population by 30,000 will allow the state to close 5 prisons & free up $1.5 billion to spend on drug rehabilitation, mental health & job training that will help steer people away from a life of crime.

The report by a leading criminal justice reform group says despite great strides in reducing the inmate population, California can do much more.
scpr.org

A decade-long drop in youth crime has the Los Angeles County Probation Department working to close much of its juvenile camps, and to turn those remaining camps and juvenile halls into therapeutic, research-guided, “trauma-informed” environments that help and heal, not punish.

Los Angeles County Supervisors are scheduled to vote today on a motion determining whether or not they will give the go-ahead to a comprehensive plan for a countywide youth diversion program designed to redirect the trajectories of thousands of LA youth who would otherwise be headed for the juvenile...
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