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California Criminal Justice Data

Posted Sep 4, 2015

The California Department of Justice launched a new website, OpenJustice, that publishes California criminal justice data such as arrest rates and deaths in custody.  View the DOJ press release announcing the new website.  Read articles in the Los Angeles Times and U.S. News and World Report.

Ballot Initiative Fee

Posted Sep 4, 2015

Governor Brown signed legislation (A.B.1100) that raises the filing fee for proposed ballot initiatives or referendums from $200 to $2000. According to the Senate Floor Analysis, “the fee exists to discourage the submission of frivolous proposals; secondly, the fee is intended to defray some of the administrative costs to the state associated with processing initiatives.  The existing fee was established in 1943 and has never been increased”.  Read articles in the San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.

Solitary Confinement

Posted Sep 4, 2015

Under the terms of a class action lawsuit settlement , the State of California has agreed to move thousands of inmates out of solitary confinement and end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders.  Read articles in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.