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September 10, 2013

Feds' immigration-hold policy misguided

San Francisco Chronicle - Immigration holds are requests by an ICE officer to have local authorities hold someone up to 48 hours after local charges are resolved. It requires no demonstration of probable cause, and such holds are often issued with little more than a suspicion that the individual in question doesn't have documents. In no other aspect of law enforcement can we jail people without probable cause; the right to due process is the bedrock of the U.S. criminal justice system. Read More

September 3, 2013

More prison beds won’t make Californians safer

Sacramento Bee - In my three decades in law enforcement, I have watched as needlessly harsh penalties have overcrowded our prisons, bankrupted our state, and fed a costly and unnecessary cycle of crime. Read More

June 19, 2013

Why cops should back immigration reform

CNN - Members of the law enforcement community must sound their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform for the sake of public safety and for the sake of our country. Read More

March 19, 2013

The Courage to Change: How Prosecutors Can Lead on Public Safety

Huffington Post - Sentencing reform is one of the most important ways we can reduce recidivism and keep our communities safe, and we can use two innovative strategies--sentencing commissions and alternative sentencing practices--to achieve our goals. Read More

August 28, 2012

Prop. 36 reforms 'three strikes'

San Francisco Chronicle - The enormous influx of life sentences has clogged our prison system, cost the state millions of dollars and removed people from society for relatively minor transgressions. These sentences are unfair, disproportionate, and do not keep us safer. Read More

October 18, 2011

Addressing truancy is a high-stakes game for San Francisco

Transitioning from middle school to high school can be a difficult time in a young person’s life. Last year, Jessica was an eighth-grader at an academic middle school in San Francisco. Challenged by family instability and little adult supervision, she missed almost half of her eighth-grade year. Read More

January 5, 2010

No Felon Should Have Body Armor

A California appeals court on Dec. 17 struck down our state's ban on violent felons possessing body armor. The court said that law was too confusing for the average violent felon to follow. Specifically, defendant Ethan Saleem, on parole for manslaughter and wearing a 10-pound bulletproof vest, couldn't be expected to know whether his particular brand of body armor was illegal or not. Read More

Last updated: 12/18/2013 11:18:12 AM