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Getting sensible about public safety


Last updated 5/5/2018 at 4:27pm

Recent changes in California’s criminal statutes resulting from passage of Propositions 47 and 57 have reclassified many serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. These changes have reduced the justice system’s ability to keep criminals off the street, impeded criminal investigations by restricting DNA collection, and redefined the definition of violent crimes for incarcerated criminals up for parole.

While prisoners convicted of violent crimes often are not eligible for early parole, there are problems with the violent crime definition under current law. Human trafficking of a chil...

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