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The Money Question / Corrections Changes Could Yield Resources For Reforms

Publication Date: 
June 04, 2010
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Stanford Law School's Criminal Defense Clinic is mentioned in this opinion piece on corrections reforms in The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Casey Gwinn, former San Diego city attorney and now president of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, spoke movingly about the lack of help for children who have been beaten, molested or otherwise abused and “are a thousand times more likely to grow up and to commit acts of violence and abuse against others.”

For more than two months, as part of our effort to learn more about how California deals with violent sex offenders in the wake of the Chelsea King and Amber Dubois tragedies, the Union-Tribune editorial board has met with individuals with a wide range of perspectives. Perhaps the most common theme from these meetings has been how a lack of resources makes it difficult to deal effectively with a variety of challenges.


For decades, the driving factor in such decisions has been retribution, often administered through sweeping ballot measures such as the “three strikes” measure. According to Stanford Law School’s Mills Criminal Defense Clinic, about 20,000 of California’s 167,000 prisoners are “three strikes” offenders convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and property crimes.