California used to be a “tough on crime” poster child, with a strict “three strikes” law that led to overcrowded prisons during a time of decreasing crime nationwide. But recently the state has changed directions, with voters approving criminal justice reforms to ease sentencing guidelines, coupled with court decisions requiring the state to address prison overcrowding.
To debate the success of these measures and discuss pending reform proposals, I’m hosting a City Visions discussion tonight at 7pm on KALW 91.7 FM, with guests:
- Will Matthews, Public Affairs Manager for Californians for Safety and Justice. He has held positions at the ACLU in New York and Northern California.
- Steve Wagstaffe, President of the California District Attorneys Association and the District Attorney of San Mateo.
- Magnus Lofstrom, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and co-author of a number of papers for the PPIC on corrections in California.
Tune in or stream at 7pm tonight, and send me your questions or comments for the guests to address on the air.