A troubled teen turned prosecutor is bringing them together.
Passed by voters in November 2014, Prop 47 reduced certain drug possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors and required
In some circles, that cautionary ambition has come to be known as "Beyond Brooklyn" -- loosely defined as a municipal alchemy involving social and financial capital, leadership and educational reform.
Change is never comfortable, but often so necessary. 2014 was a year of change in drug policy laws in California, change that moves us towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
The coalition that ran the Prop. 47 campaign shows that bipartisan partnership can work. The voters that passed it into law shows that the public is more than ready to finally end the prison crisis in our country by dramatically reducing incarceration and investing in the smart safety strategies our communities need.
Few people know what it feels like to arrest a man. To hear the click of the handcuffs that so ominously foretells the loss of freedom, citizenship rights and personal potential for years to come.
Being a mother has reinforced and refined my thinking on many issues, including -- believe it or not -- our criminal justice system. That's why I'm supporting Proposition 47, a California voter initiative that will restore balance to how we approach community safety.
America's incarceration addiction has torn apart communities, disenfranchised millions of people -- most for nonviolent offenses -- and denied opportunities to countless individuals. And all the while it hasn't made us any safer.
The unusual alliance between progressives like Jay-Z and conservatives such as Gingrich comes as Californians are set to
Backers of a California ballot measure that would release thousands of non-violent prisoners have found a surprisingly enthusiastic