Cops & Courts

1:14pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Scott MacDonald, Santa Cruz Chief Probation Officer

Scott MacDonald and David Onek outside the Berkeley Journalism School.

In Episode #34, Santa Cruz Chief Probation Officer Scott MacDonald discusses reducing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, partnering with the community, using data to drive decision-making, sustaining reforms through leadership transitions, and more. 

Scott MacDonald Interview Highlights

MacDonald on Partnering with the Community:

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5:43pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

Prison Realignment & Public Safety: Interview with Matthew Cate

Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Thirty years ago, the state spent three percent of its general fund dollars on corrections and prisons. Today it spends more than 11 percent – that’s $10 billion running the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

In 2011, when Governor Brown took office, he inherited a massive corrections problem. The state's 33 prisons were at nearly 200 percent capacity, and the recidivism rate was running at 70 percent. The federal courts stepped in and ordered California to reduce its overcrowded prisons by more than 30,000 people.

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12:42pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Cops & Courts

Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek: Judge Wendy Lindley, Orange County Superior Court

 

In Episode #33, Orange County Superior Court Judge Wendy Lindley discusses her innovative Combat Veterans court, overcoming the initial resistance of other judges to collaborative courts, providing “one-stop” services at the courthouse, and how collaborative courts can make us safer.

Judge Wendy Lindley Interview Highlights

Lindley on Providing “One-Stop” Services at the Courthouse:

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2:48pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Could bail reform bail out California’s overcrowded jails?

Image courtesy of Flickr user http://www.flickr.com/photos/spike55151/

At the moment, Austin Hills is wearing an orange t-shirt, orange pants, and wrist shackles. He’s sitting in an interview room in the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno.

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2:35pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Realignment funding formula not adding up in all counties

Not too long ago, the men now sitting around a table at the Contra Costa Probation Office were in prison. “I want to ask how long have you been in prison,” Chief Adult Probation Officer Philip Kader asks them. They respond with three, six and even 12 times.

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