The politics associated with the appointment of a replacement for Justice Kennedy, 81, who resigned June 27, 2018, from the US Supreme Court after thirty years of service, is gut-wrenching. Take your own gut test: what rights and protections do you fear are being whittled away by the sway and stench of political expediency?… Read the rest
Real prison reform is a slow process. As with other social issues, it takes time for the public, judges, and legislators to make serious moves toward change. I’ve been asked why reforming prison living conditions takes so long. It’s because such reform germinates in the dark and easily goes unnoticed.
Prisons are the black holes of societies; they hold facts about aberrant morality that result in serious moral issues.… Read the rest
Poor people who cannot afford to post bail fill county jails. An ACLU press report states that “California’s money bail system keeps thousands of people in jail before they get their day in court.”
Equal Justice under Law succinctly identifies the problem: “No one should spend time in jail simply because he or she is poor, but every day about 450,000 Americans sit in jail for that very reason.” In California and beyond, the elephant in the room is the operation of two systems of money bail justice: one for the rich and one for the poor.… Read the rest