The Need For Extreme Criminal Justice Reform In California Essay

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THE NEED FOR EXTREME CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN CALIFORNIA

ORIENTATION

FACTORS:

I. Basic Introduction and description - Introduce basic sides of Criminal
Law and Elaborate

II. General History and Development
- Discuss the history and modifications of Reform Laws in California

III. Main Problems and Concern Stimulants
- Point out real life statistics and point out incidents

IV. Conclusion
- Point out the need for an extreme reform and what can be done

SENTENCE OUTLINE

I. An analysis of Department of Corrections data by the Center on Juvenile and
Criminal Justice in San Francisco, CA, in Nov, 1995 indicates that since the
enactment of California's "Three Strikes" law two years ago, 192 have "struck
out"
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III. Informatives

A. "It seems clear that the California Legislature has determined that
incarceration is not appropriate for many criminal offenses and that alternative
sanctions are preferable for non-violent offenders. " (Randy Meyer, Political
Official) B. But while this approach is to be applauded, its spreading prevents
the fulfillment of its true potential. C. "By retaining those non-violent
offenders that are currently in state prison and continuing to pursue defensive
punishment at the local level in the form of short term "shock incarceration"
and bootcamps, the costly and ineffective methods of criminal behavior
correction remain intact." (Charles Calderon-US News) D. By immediately
eliminating incarceration for all non-violent offenses and requiring victim
compensation and community service, resources can be committed to preventing
crime rather than to the feeding and housing of offenders. E. This is consistent
with the findings of the legislature and is cost efficient, requires minimal
systemic change, and increases public safety and security.

IV. The Proposal

A. "Our current criminal justice system appears to be based upon the Old
Testament proverb that "your eye shall not pity; it shall be life for life, eye
for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." Revenge thus plays a
part of the punishment model." (LA Official Boland) From a societal standpoint,…