Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2765 extending application deadline for Proposition 47 sentence reductions to 2022. Prop 47 reduces the penalty for low-level drug possession and five petty-theft related crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. The misdemeanor category means people are freed from nearly 5,000 restrictions that come with a felony conviction in these areas. The restrictions have made it difficult for formerly incarcerated people to secure jobs, housing, student loans and other opportunities for economic security and family stability.
The 3rd Annual Restorative Justice Reentry Conference & Resource Fair is Saturday, October 1 from 8am to 3pm at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption Event Center in downtown San Francisco. A day ful of break-out sessions, resources and keynote address by Mike Farrell. Mr. Farrell, who had a lead role in the television series M*A*S*H, is also president of the board of Death Penalty Focus.
The bill to limit use of room confinement in juvenile facilities has been signed by California Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 1143 states that room confinement can only be used after less restrictive options have been tried and bans its use for the purposes of punishment, coercion, convenience, or retaliation. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017.
The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, also known as Prop 47, is two years old in November. This article by Fred LaPuzza, Diocesan Director of Restorative Justice in Orange, helps understand where we are with Prop 47 implementation today.
GOOD NEWS!!! Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2590, the Restorative Justice Act, into law.
Families of incarcerated people joined cosponsors of SB 1157 to urge Governor Brown to sign this bill that protects in-person visits to family members in jails. Watch the video of this event.
A California billionaire and the widow of a slain San Leandro police officer have both decided that the death penalty doesn't create a safe community.