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California Sentencing & Corrections Policy Series

Dr. Joan Petersilia, a Visiting Professor of Law, taught a Stanford Law School class entitled, "Crime and Punishment Policy: Reforming California Corrections" during the fall semester 2005. This course offered students a unique opportunity to learn about California's historic attempt to reform its juvenile and adult corrections system. The students heard from many speakers, including the Director of Corrections, the Director of Juvenile Justice, ex-convicts, victims, families of prisoners, advocacy groups, and other researchers. Each student was required to choose a research topic for their term papers. Some of these student term papers, along with Dr. Petersilia course syllabus, have been placed on Stanford's Criminal Justice Center website in the hopes that they may be useful in the reform efforts.

Working Papers Subjects

Criminal Sentencing

Hindsight and the Failure of California's Uniform Determinative Sentencing Act
by Emily de Ayora (2006)
Felon Disenfranchisement
by Timothy Bender (2006)
Creating and Passing a Successful Sentencing Commission in California: An Examination of Failed Attempts in California and Successful Sentencing Commissions Across the Country
by Lauren E. Geissler
The End Of Determinate Sentencing: How California's Prison Problem Can Be Solved With Quick Fixes and A Long Term Commission
by Sean Hayes (2006)
Felon Reenfranchisement: Political Implications and Potential for Individual Rehabilitative Benefits
by Nancy Leong (2006)

Adult Prisons

Mentally Ill Prisoners in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Strategies for Improving Treatment and Rehabilitation: Strategies for Improving Treatment and Reducing Recidivism
by David Ball (2006)
Prisoners as Parents: The Importance of Strong Parent-Child Relationships During Parental Incarceration
by Katy Califa (2006)
Assessing the CCPOA's Political Influence and its Impact on Efforts to Reform the California Corrections System
by Ben Carrasco (2006)
Legislating from the Bench: Judicial Activism in California and its Increasing Impact on Adult Prison Reform
by Chantale Fiebig
Gangs in California's Prison System: What Can Be Done?
by Davis Forsythe (2006)
Elderly Prisoners Are Literally Dying For Reform
by Tia Gubler (2006)
The Prison Industry Authority
by Michael Hamilton (2005)
Prison Reform and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association
by Danielle A. Holwerda (2006)
A Return to the "World of Work": An Analysis of California's Prison Job Training Programs and Statutory Barriers to Ex-Offender Employment [Note: see Tables]
by Julia Lipez (2005)
Making the Most of California's Correctional Education Reform: A Survey and Suggestions for Further Steps (LINK BROKEN ON LIVE SITE)
by Aidan McGlaze
Providing Services to Female Offenders: Policy Perspectives on Sentencing and Parole
by Elizabeth Pederson (2006)
The Privatization of California Correctional Facilities: An Inmate-Centered Approach
Kathryne TafollaYoung (2006)
Prison Privatization: Possibilities and Approaches to the Privatization of Prisoner Security and Services
by Marc TafollaYoung (2005)
Cost Benefit Analysis of Vocational Training Programs
(On file at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center)
by Nicholas Tuosto (2006)

Probation and Parole

A Survey of Employment Sanctions Imposed Upon Ex-Offenders by California Law [Note: see Tables]
by Jonathan CantĂș (2006)
Sex Offender Re-Entry: A Summary and Policy Recommendation on the Current State of the Law in California and How to "Safely" Re-Introduce Sex Offenders Into Our Communities [Note: see Tables]
by Maaren Alia Choksi (2006)
Controlling Sex Offender Reentry: Jessica’s Law Measures in California [Note: see Tables]
by Jason Peckenpaugh (2006)
Building an Employment Bridge: Making Ex-Offenders Marketable, Getting Employers to the Table, and Increasing the Likelihood of an Employment Connection
by Robert Rodriguez (2005)
The Lynchpin To Parole Reform: A Case Study of Two Parolee Housing Proposals in Redlands, California
by Benjamin Singerman (2005)
Family-Based Re-Entry Programming: A Promising Tool for Reducing Recidivism and Mitigating the Economic and Societal Costs of Incarceration in California
by Rebecca S. Thalberg (2005)

California Sentencing & Corrections Policy Series Stanford Criminal Justice Center Working Paper.

Distributed for Review and Comment only. Do not cite without author's permission.

Please send questions or suggestions to Debbie Mukamal Executive Director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center.