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Californians for Safety and Justice Celebrates 5 Years of Advocacy

April 1, 2018 | Niele Anderson

“…all of us have a role in providing and supporting public safety…we have to close prisons and reallocate dollars in order to build a community that we all want to live and grow in.”

Survivors of violent crime raise their voices in California to call for a new approach to criminal justice

April 17, 2018 | Jazmine Ulloa

“We work to elevate the voices of those most harmed and least supported…it doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you sit on, the one thing we all can agree is we want healing and safety.”

California Today: Are Criminal Justice Reforms Making the State Safer?

July 11, 2018 | Tim Arango and Charles McDermid

In less than a decade, California has gone from being a standard-bearer for the ills of prison overcrowding to a national exemplar of reform, letting tens of thousands of people out of prison and reducing penalties for many crimes.

California doesn’t need to roll back its criminal justice reforms to do a better job fighting crime

July 14, 2018 | LA Times Editorial Board

In the statute books, California has changed sentencing policies to make them more rational and just, and to ensure that costly prison beds are used for only the most serious criminals.

No, Prop 47 didn’t de-criminalize misdemeanors

July 18, 2018 | LA Times Editorial Board

Not every letter to the editor gets published. One that didn’t make the cut earlier this year came from an elected official from a mid-size Southern California city who complained that thefts from homes and cars were on the rise because of recent changes to sentencing laws.

Statistics show justice reforms are keeping crime rates low

August 3, 2018 | Lenore Anderson

No government responsibility is greater, or perhaps more difficult to achieve, than public safety. Decision makers must face the fact that sentencing policy does not deter crime and get serious about adopting policies that will.

5 Takeaways From California Gov. Jerry Brown’s Last Bill Signing Session

December 5, 2018 | Megan Cassidy

“Governor Brown’s leadership on justice reform has brought much needed balance to the state’s approach to public safety.” – Lenore Anderson