Category: Three-Strikes Cases

Proposition 57 Update

My friend Douglas Fienberg from the Fresno County Public Defender’s Office has been carefully tracking the proposed rules for Proposition 57.  You can see the proposed rules here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/proposition57/docs/Prop-57-Public-Comment-Regs.pdf. Here is the latest from Mr. Fienberg: There are at least four problems with the proposed regulations. First, the proposed regulations exclude people subject to indeterminate [..]

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California Proposition 57: What You Need to Know

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 57, also known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative. Here’s a brief look at what Proposition 57 means to California and its citizens. New parole opportunities for those convicted of non-violent felonies. Proposition 57 changes the time calculation for parole [..]

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Do Veterans Get Special Treatment in Criminal Courts?

Yes.  Military veterans do get special treatment in the criminal courts. The California Legislature has enacted several sentencing schemes to give special or preferential treatment to veterans in criminal cases who are suffering from specified conditions.  All misdemeanor charges can be diverted from sentencing and conviction completely under specific circumstances.  For a description of how [..]

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The Dangers of Speaking with Law Enforcement

The Dangers of Speaking with Law Enforcement ***** UPDATE: On September 4, 2016, an essay written by Professor James Duane from Reagent Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was published in the local Redding, California newspaper.  This essay discusses the very real danger of false confessions as a result of relentless law enforcement interrogation.  Included [..]

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