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California Governor Brown Still Not Facing Reality With Prisons

STATE NET CAPITOL JOURNAL SPOTLIGHT After months of judicial wrangling and failed attempts to avoid it, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last week finally unveiled a much-anticipated plan to cull almost 10,000 inmates from the state's overcrowded prisons. But, as has often been the case throughout...

SNCJ Spotlight: Brown, Lawmakers Reach Prison Compromise

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached a deal with legislative leaders last week to ease overcrowding in the state's prison system by boosting spending on rehabilitative services intended to keep inmates from returning to prison after their release. Brown announced the deal in concert with Assembly...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Battle Over 'Stand Your Ground' Heats Up

BATTLE OVER 'STAND YOUR GROUND' HEATS UP: Gun-control advocates — spurred in part by the recent shooting death of a black teen in Florida — have launched what the Rev. Al Sharpton last week called a "spring and summer offensive" to generate support for gun control in general...

Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance's Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to the inquiry. CMS contractors are increasing the number of audits they are performing...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Nearly Half of States Made Criminal Sentencing Changes in 2014

Twenty-three states enacted 51 bills last year dealing with sentencing and criminal penalties, according to the State Sentencing and Corrections Legislation database provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project. At least...