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Redefining crime

Reoffending rendered inoffensive

In the USA, recidivism means returning an offender to prison, except in California where it means whatever the Democrat machine says it means.

In the USA, recidivism means returning an offender to prison, except in California where it means whatever the Democrat machine says it means.

Sacramento Bee senior columnist Dan Walters reports California’s ostensibly excessive recidivism rates will be reduced by changing the meaning of the word recidivism.

The Orwellian proposal, gleaned from a recently released Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) “study,”  would count a return-to-custody as recidivism ONLY when the offender receives a new conviction–Probation or parole revocations would no longer be considered “recidivism.”

“Brown and legislators directed the Board of State and Community Corrections to create a single legal definition of recidivism and its proposal, drafted after months of consultation and discussion, is also stirring controversy.

A felon would be considered a recidivist only if convicted of a new felony or misdemeanor committed within three years of release from custody or of being placed under parole or probation supervision. (more…)

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Several detainees in Mississippi's Scott County Jail have been in custody for years without a hearing of any kind.
MS Miranda: You have the right to be jailed indefinitely

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Get out of Jail, FEE

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COFatigue
‘Correctional fatigue’

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CREDIT for time served?

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There's always gonna be cars in CDCR.  AND, it's always better to be in one than under one.
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Things may have been different if realigned offenders were bused in ICE style.
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The federal government is contracting CCA to operate a family style prison, just like in Mexico.
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MedicalCons
Realigned: Healthcare costs counties dearly

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AssOnGlass
‘Ass on the glass?’ Private prison’s sex hazing ritual

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PatientInAFog
Suit filed in OC death of suicidal, stomatized 51-50

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Budget

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Vacaville vs. Local 39

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Bob's Blotter

BobsBlotter Puppy killer gets three years

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veovius Killer to Jury: ‘I’ll see you in Hell’

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BobsBlotter Stockton racks up another corpse

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Katz Litterbox

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Krupp Files

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CDCR's treatment modality for mentally ill offenders relies heavily on the theories and therapies of Milton Bradley. Gaming mentally ill offenders

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"He confined the knowledge of governing within very narrow bounds, to common sense and reason, to justice and lenity, to the speedy determination of civil and criminal causes." Krupp Files: Realignment’s Lilliputian logic, legacy

Tales of Realignment Success, Cheap Renewable Energy and, Spiders Weaving Silk The Truth May Vary–Gulliver travels to Lagado (California) Richard Krupp, PhD While reading through a report from; The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), Do Local Realignment Policies Affect Recidivism in California? by, Mia Bird and Ryken Grattet, I noticed what I found to be a connection with an article in the Wall Street Journal and Gulliver’s Travels. The PPIC report was coauthored by a man who used to work in CDC. In this report he does his best to make a silk purse

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GADFLY Open

MooreOKkiller Jumping the Knife

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What was I imagining? Imagining Heaven

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Unions

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg Does politically correct equal competent?

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Gold Star Parolee

GoldStarLogo Brags about shooting a shorty

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GoldStarLogo Parolee murderer turns zombie

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GoldStarLogo Girls just want to have fun…and get away afterwards

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Bad Apples

BobsBlotter Masked cop accused of attacking woman with bat (Updated)

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AngelDuranBADmagazine Fallen Angel: Ex- CDCR Sgt’s molestation conviction

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BobsBlotter Married Tulsa cops arrested for murder

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