2014

Blog Posts in 2014

  • Proposition 47

    || 1-Dec-2014

    There are three types of crimes: felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. A felony is the most serious type of crime. Existing law classifies some felonies as “violent” or “serious,” or both. Examples of felonies currently defined as both violent and serious include murder, robbery, and rape. Felonies that are not classified as violent or serious include grand theft (not ...
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  • Why do sentences differ?

    || 1-Dec-2014

    There is a misconception that local courts have "hanging judges." This term applies in circumstances where judges will sentence individuals differently even though they are charged with similar crimes. There is almost always a reasonable explanation for sentence disparity, explained as follows: Achieving perfect balance in sentencing is unrealistic; each case has a unique set of ...
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  • Why do attitudes towards the police differ from county to county.

    || 1-Dec-2014

    According to Asymmetry in the Impact of Encounters with Police, there are several factors of individuals in poorer neighborhoods that can be attributed to the negative attitudes: (1) illegal drugs use is often done in public view, thereby creating the need for aggressive policing (2) police are more prone to abuse of power in poor and minority neighborhoods (Skogan 2007, 103), and (3) people ...
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