The missing piece from the national attention on the tragedy of Trayvon Martin is the role of the prosecutor, and the enormous authority they have in any potential case to determine if a criminal act has, or has not, occurred.
In what has been heralded the most progressive policy in the nation, Santa Clara County today voted in a new set of guidelines for civil immigration detainers, which in effect ends the county’s collaboration with Immigration and Custom Enforcement.
On September 14, 2011, over 200 attendees -- parolees, probationers, families, elected officials, law enforcement managers -- came together to participate in a community forum Santa Clara County's criminal justice realignment plan.
In response to the increasing number of immigrants deported for minor offenses, the DA’s offense is implementing a new approach which allows prosecutors to consider factors beyond the limited scope of the charge and sentence.
As counties across California struggle to develop plans to respond to Governor Brown's mandate that they receive thousands of inmates from the state prison system, one local pastor has already developed a working blueprint.
In response to a Supreme Court decision, California will be reducing the number of people being sent to prison. Jayadev contends that this shift represents a historic opportunity for counties to re-imagine their criminal justice systems.