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ACSOL’s Online EPIC Conference: Empowered People Inspiring Change Sept 17-18, 2021

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Victims not keen on long prison terms

A survey that a crime victims’ group described as the first of its kind in California yielded some findings contrary to conventional wisdom Thursday: Most victims question the benefits of imprisoning more criminals and prefer rehabilitation, education and Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment program. “This report turns on its head the notion that victims care only about tough-on-crime sentences,” said Lenore Anderson, director of Californians for Safety and Justice, the nonprofit that commissioned the poll. Full Article

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Quotes about Surveys: “Aw, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forfty percent of all people know that.” – Homer Simpson quote from Simpsons Episode: “Homer the Vigilante” “Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.” – Bill Vaughan quotes “I like to do my principal research in bars, where people are more likely to tell the truth or, at least, lie less convincingly than they do in briefings and books.” – P.J. O’Rourke quotes “USA Today has come out with a new survey – apparently,… Read more »

I have to go along with Alert, as it seems most times when a group with an agenda pays for a survey, “surprisingly” the results come out to support their point of view. Nonetheless, I do believe there is great misunderstanding of the public outlook about crime and punishment, and the Legislators are reacting based on this misunderstanding. I think the public outlook is far more nuanced than the politicians and others believe. I do not think the public generally has a hard core attitude about harsh punishment for crime across the board. I believe the public makes distinctions, is… Read more »

My daughter tried for months to get the DA to offer a plea of 2-4 yrs. DA didn’t want to offer it because it was her agenda to stick it to all SO’s. She said daughter was too young to understand what she wants – who is btw 16! Then when daughter didn’t want to testify the DA bullied her. The detectives tried to get CPS to take my daughter Away because I was supporting him and after trial, the DA was retaliating against me because I retracted some of my statement saying that daughter was in a hostile environment.… Read more »

While I was in jail, I heard a similar story. A man was accused of forcibly raping his 10 and 12 year old step daughters for 6 years. CPS stepped in immediately and took the girls to a foster home because their mother refused to believe that her husband had done this. It turns out, the girls were mad because he didn’t let them go to a friend’s house when they wanted, and got the idea of accusing him from watching Law and Order:SVU (which I consider the worst filth on TV). The 10 year old later recanted the accusation… Read more »

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