Category Archives: punishment

The Facts on Parole and Probation

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When working with clients new to the criminal justice system or when speaking with family members of incarcerated clients or clients facing conviction, I am frequently asked about parole and probation. It is also common for current or prospective clients … Continue reading

Misdemeanor vs. Felony: What’s the Difference?

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Crimes are classified into one of two groups — felonies or misdemeanors. State legislators typically make the determination of which category a crime falls into, using factors that include how serious the crime is and what kind of impact it … Continue reading

Crime Rates in California Rise Following Prison Realignment Program

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According to a new study, some types of crime in California have gone up after the realignment program that allows early release for inmates went into effect. ABC Los Angeles reports that researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California … Continue reading

Budget Cuts Lead to Sharp Increase in Early Releases for L.A. Inmates

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Overcrowding and budget issues in Los Angeles County haveled to thousands of inmates serving time as little as 40 percent of their sentences. The Los Angeles Times investigated early releases at county jails through records from the Los Angeles County … Continue reading

CA Prison Realignment May Help Reduce Repeat Offense Rate

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The highly criticized realignment plan for California’s overcrowded state prisons, set in motion by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, may be helping to keep low-level criminals from becoming repeat offenders. In addition to reducing the population of state prisons in … Continue reading

Jail Time: No Good for Juveniles

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It has been estimated that on any given day more than 70,000 young people are held in juvenile detention facilities across the United States. This is the highest rate of any developed nation. According to a recent a study, jail … Continue reading

Split Sentences More Common in Some Counties

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An increasing number of county judges are using split sentences, thanks to California’s new felon imprisonment law, which now requires low-level offenders to serve time in county jail instead of state prison. According to the Los Angeles Times, a study … Continue reading

Misdemeanors: Nothing to Play Around With

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Misdemeanors are typically considered “minor” crimes; however they should be taken seriously. Being convicted of a misdemeanor can have serious consequences that can drastically affect a person’s life. For example, even a misdemeanor charge can carry a maximum punishment of … Continue reading

Support for End to California Death Penalty and Changes to Three-Strikes Laws Increase

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Results from a Los Angeles Times poll show voters support ballot measures to repeal California’s death penalty and to ease the state’s three-strikes sentencing laws. According to the results, the gap between those who support Proposition 34 and those who … Continue reading

THE TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

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In this blog criminal defense attorney Vitaly B. Sigal writes about the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. Continue reading