California's Public Safety Realignment Act: Will It Serve as a Model for Community Mental Health?

November 3, 2014 8:54 PM

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California's Public Safety Realignment Act: Will It Serve as a Model for Community Mental Health?

I recently visited California. There, I was bombarded with ads for Proposition 47 -- The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund. I must admit being from Florida these ads were extremely thought provoking. According to the Los Angeles Times, "this statewide initiative to reduce penalties for illicit drug use and petty theft is part of a multimillion-dollar campaign to revise sentencing laws in California and across the nation." Further, this initiative would build upon the passage of Proposition 36, which in 2012 revised California's existing three-strike law and limits life sentences to serious or violent felony convictions in support of California's Public Safety Realignment Act.

As a florida judge and as a matter of disclosure, ethically I am not permitted to endorse and or support any legislation or political cause -- I am not. I am, however, taking this opportunity to educate those unfamiliar California's Public Safety Realignment Act and to better understand its backgrou...

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