AB109 offers significant state prison reform
150 150 Kathy Jett

AB109 is the unassuming name for the single most significant reform in a century to California’s prison system and the state’s approach to criminal justice. Beginning Oct. 1, anyone convicted of nonviolent, nonsexual and/or non-serious criminal offenses (a.k.a. triple nons) will head to county jail instead of state prison. Anyone up for parole on a similar offense will be supervised by county officials.

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Latest Field Poll another reason to support ‘Smart Government’
150 150 Gina Baleria

California voters remain fed up with their legislature, as seen in the latest Field Poll, which finds that people have little confidence in the body charged with passing laws and budgeting taxpayer dollars. Their support for the governor, however, remains steady.

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Smart Government a holistic way to move CA forward
150 150 Richard Raya

The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that the number of Americans living in poverty swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans out of work. But, data have the power to make people act.

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On the brink of historic change: Realignment and the corrections system
150 150 Mark Baldassare

California is about to embark on far-reaching changes in the way it manages adult prisons and jails, and the PPIC takes a closer look at how this will impact county and city governments.

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Gov. Brown frank about challenges ahead for CA
150 150 Felicia Matlosz

Coming off a tough budget battle in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown gave a Fresno audience a straightforward assessment of the fractured political climate in the state’s capital – but also a dose of optimism that change can happen.

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Californians put money-talk on hold until waste goes down and trust goes up
150 150 Jim Mayer

It is hard to talk about dysfunction in California government without talking about money. And it is hard everywhere these days to talk about taxes.

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