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California bail system a key focus of criminal justice reform

from The San Diego Union-Tribune

As more lawmakers touted tough-on-crime positions in the late 20th century, more laws and policies capable of hurting the public good crept into America’s criminal justice system. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to fix this. Two recent ballot measures he pushed to passage — Proposition 47 in 2014 and Proposition 57 in November — had flaws of their own, but they built off an understanding that our laws are too punitive — that they warehouse convicts for decades at huge cost to taxpayers despite evidence that crime is mostly a young man's game and that mass incarceration isn't keeping us safer. more

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