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There were four more requests for gun violence restraining orders on Jeff Brooker’s desk when he arrived at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office that July morning. Officers had responded to a minor car crash at a mall where the driver, who carried a replica firearm, was rambling delusionally and threatening to kill the “one-percenters” and a public official. Another man, during an argument outside a family member’s home, had pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at someone’s head as several others looked on.
Impact Justice and Its Project Pairing Homeowners With Formerly Incarcerated Tenants Gets a $15 Million Boost
With a $15 million pot of funding in California’s 2022-23 budget, the organization Impact Justice will expand their highly successful Project Homecoming into Los Angeles. The program, first launched in Alameda County, pairs people leaving prison with local residents willing to share their homes. With the new pot of...
One of the most important criminal legal system disparities in California has long been difficult to decipher: Which communities throughout the state do incarcerated people come from? Anyone who lives in, works within heavily policed and incarcerated communities, or who has an incarcerated loved one intuitively knows that certain neighborhoods disproportionately experience incarceration. But data have never been available to quantify how many people from each community are imprisoned with any real precision.
California banned slavery in 1850, two years before the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed the practice of owning other human beings. Yet as with the U.S. as a whole, the golden state allowed—and still allows—a form of involuntary servitude when it is viewed through the lens of punishment for a crime.