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Press Releases & Statements

October 13, 2017 - Statement on the passage of AB 340, creation of a statewide advisory group to review current practices related to screening children for trauma.

October 12, 2017 - Statement on the passage of AB 1384, will better help survivors of crime access trauma recovery support.

May 31, 2017 - Statement on the California Senate passage of SB 10, the California Bail Reform Act

May 26, 2017 - Statement on committees approval of bills that help prevent people from being jailed simply because they can’t afford bail; bills now head to floor votes

March 15, 2017 - Our new Report Shows Proposition 47 Successfully Reducing Incarceration and Increasing Investments in Crime Prevention, Community Health

September 28, 2016 - Statement on the passage of AB 2765 which extends by five years the deadline for applying to have old felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors

June 9, 2016 -Statement on Budget that Reflects Voter Demands for Increased Investment in Community-Based Crime Prevention

January 27, 2016 - Statement on Governor Jerry Brown's announcement of his support for the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

October 5, 2015 — Statement on the passage of SB 261, which makes it possible for people in state prison who committed a crime as a juvenile or young adult to receive a parole hearing.

October 2, 2015 — Statement on the passage of SB 1056, which prioritizes use of Prop. 47 savings for community-based programs aimed at reducing recidivism.

August 10, 2015 — Statement on the passage of SB 176,  which establishes protections for children who testify in criminal court proceedings about witnessing a crime.

April 20, 2015 — California crime survivors are joined by singer/songwriter John Legend, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, law enforcement and elected officials and more at our Survivors Speak conference in Sacramento. Read release.

November 4, 2014 — Statement from Lenore Anderson about the passage of Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, the California ballot initiative.

September 8, 2014 — Our survey of California counties reveals strong commitment, progress in enrolling jail and probation populations in newly expanded Medi-Cal coverage. Read release.

June 24, 2014 — Our report finds that Latinos experience disproportionate crime, unequal treatment in the criminal justice system (and want change). Read release.

April 7, 2014 — A report we commissioned of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute of Law and Social Policy (at the UC Berkeley School of Law) on repeat victimization reveals how wrong traditional notions have been about who are crime survivors are and what they need and want from the justice system. Read release.

August 28, 2013 — As the California Legislature debates prison expansion and reform plans, we released our survey data on voter support for certain criminal justice reforms.

June 6, 2013 — Our new report includes the first-ever survey data on California crime victims, painting a more revealing picture of who they are, what they need, and what their perspectives are on justice system policies and priorities.

April 22, 2013 — As part of our participation in a rally on 4/23 in Sacramento for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, we release two revealing findings about California crime victims' opinions about Realignment and the need to focus more on probation and rehabilitation instead of just prisons and jails. 

November 14, 2012 — Post-election survey of voter opinions and priorities regarding Prop 36 (Three Strikes), Public Safety Realignment and other criminal justice issues.

Select Press Coverage

March 3, 2017, — From the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego a model for crime prevention programs

February 4, 2017, — From the Sacramento Bee, California considers an end to bail: ‘We’re punishing people simply for being poor’

January 12, 2017, — From the Sacramento Bee, Invest in Prevention and Treatment Instead of Prison Expansion

January 6, 2017, — Los Angeles Daily News, As national imprisonment rates continue to fall, so too does crime, according to data collected by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

December 14, 2016 — From USA Today, Former felons find new jobs and hope after Prop. 47 

December 14, 2016 — From the Desert Sun, nearly 200,000 felonies erased by Prop. 47, but some former felons still don’t know  

December 14, 2016 — The  Salinas Californian, second Chance: a young woman writes a new chapter 

December 14, 2016 — The  Salinas Californian, Former inmate starts to recapture what’s been lost 

October 11, 2016 — Boom Magazine, Reimagining justice, opportunity, and healing from Second Chances through Proposition 47

September 1, 2016 — Vice, How California is Giving People with Records Second Chances

May 30, 2016 — New York Times, States around the country have passed hundreds of criminal-justice reform bills over the last two years, according to a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice.

April 24, 2016 —  In a New American Media article, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said that the recent spike in property crimes in the city has little to do with Proposition 47. He even went so far as to characterize as "very disingenuous" the San Francisco Police Officers Association's claim that the surge in car break-ins can be traced to the law.

April 16, 2016 — In a San Francisco Chronicle article, According to the state legislative analyst, California's inmate population has declined by about 37,000 between 2010 and 2015. That's a 22 percent decrease, due in large part to 2011's realignment laws, and 2014's Proposition 47 (which reduced penalties for certain nonviolent offenses). 

April 7, 2016 — In a Riverside Press-Enterprise article, This prevention component remains to be sorted out at the state level, as Gov. Jerry Brown has significantly underestimated savings from the measure that are supposed to be allocated toward such programs.

April 7, 2016 — In an article from the Orange County Register, If there’s anything California legislators need to get right this session, it’s ensuring the savings from a reduced prison population, thanks to Prop. 47, are properly allocated to the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Fund, which Prop. 47 created to invest those savings in things like drug treatment, mental health programs and other crime prevention efforts.

April 3, 2016 — From an article in the Press Enterprise, The average number of inmates in county jails each month statewide dipped in 2015, indicating that one of the goals of Prop. 47’s proponents had been met, according to a study released Wednesday. 

February 24, 2016 — In a San Diego Tribune article, It is increasingly clear that Prop. 47 is saving the state money. At least that part of the debate should be over.

February 23, 2016 — From a article, critics warned that a lack of deterrence would entice rationally-calculating criminals to pilfer private property en masse. According to a new Pew Charitable Trust study, they were wrong. 

Febrary11, 2016 — In an Orange County Register article, “It was the largest shift in the criminal justice system that I’ve seen in my 30 years,” said Orange County Chief Probation Officer Steven Sentman. “But as you look into year three and four, we have had a lower rate of recidivism than other state numbers.”

February 8, 2016 — In a Washington Post article, Ingrid Archie, a 34-year-old single mother from a gritty neighborhood in South Los Angeles, owes her freedom to Prop. 47. Archie, who grew up a foster child and wound up dealing crack cocaine, was serving 18 months on a probation violation when she learned that Prop. 47 would downgrade her latest crime from a felony to a misdemeanor. “Prop. 47 helped me to know that there are people out there that want us to succeed even though we made a mistake,” Archie said.

January 13, 2016 — Members of our crime survivors leadership team are featured in a piece by Al Jazeera America about the new victims movement our network is leading as we elevate the voices and priorities of those most often impacted by crime.

October 15, 2015 — Members of our crime survivor network (and staff) are featured in a New Yorker story about the changing face of the crime victims' movement, including a focus on those most impacted by (and vulnerable to) crime and what they want and need from the justice system to avoid harm.

October 13, 2015 — This Los Angeles Daily News op-ed by Santa Clara University's David Ball, a corrections expert, mentions our survey of county pretrial programs, as he points out the unsafe practice of crowding jails with low-risk people who are simply awaiting their trials.

October 13, 2015 — In a Chronicle of Social Change article about childhood trauma, Lenore Anderson talks about how childhood adversity is a public safety crisis warranting more attention and investments (including those like Prop. 47, which will provide new funding for victim trauma recovery).

October 7, 2015 — As the federal government explores releasing people imprisoned for low-level offenses, Lenore Anderson is quoted in Time magazine about how crime continued to go down in California in 2013 and 2014 in the middle of significant reductions to the state's prison population.

September 29, 2015 — This Los Angeles Times column discusses our Los Angeles record change fair as part of a larger effort to use Prop. 47 to reduce barriers to reentry and stability by removing low-level felonies from old criminal records.

September 25, 2015 — An editorial by the Riverside Press-Enterprise mentions our efforts (in advocacy and supporting local officials) to advance policies that are smart, not just tough, on crime.

August 17, 2015 — Aswad Thomas, our National Organizer for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, is featured in a National Public Radio story about how few places there are to turn for African-American men who suffer violent crimes.

July 14, 2015 — Lenore Anderson comments in a Washington Post story about how state reform efforts, such as Prop. 47, relate to calls for sentencing reform by President Obama and federal legislators.

June 7, 2015 — Lenore Anderson is quoted in an Associated Press story about how Proposition 47's reduction of jail populations factors into the debate in California over previous money made available for jail construction.

May 21, 2015 — Lenore Anderson writes in The Guardian (with a longer piece later in the Huffington Post) about the need to put the most common victims of crime at the center of criminal justice reforms and policymaking.

May 8, 2015 — Susan Burton, founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, writes in the Los Angeles Daily News about their partnership with us on realizing the promise of Prop. 47, including alerting as many as 1 million Californians about the opportunity to remove certain nonviolent felonies from old criminal records.

May 6, 2015 — In a piece on KQED and the California Report, Lenore Anderson explains how no proposed legislation related to Proposition 47 would undermine the reform and that the will of the voters was made clear in November that our old system was not working and needed changes to break the cycle of crime.

May 3, 2015 — KPCC airs a story on our work at the Manifest Justice event in Los Angeles to help people remove low-level, nonviolent felonies from their old criminal records under Prop. 47.

April 23, 2015 — Dionne Wilson, our Crime Survivor Advocate writes in the Sacramento Bee that our approach to justice for victims has too often been costly and ultimately unsafe for society and those most vulnerable to crime.

April 17, 2015 — Adela Barajas, a founding member of our Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice network, writes in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily News how critical it is for people in high-crime communities want new investments in public safety.

March 26, 2015 — Lenore Anderson and the Proposition 47 campaign are featured in this piece by The Nation regarding California's smart justice reforms that serve as a model for the nation.

March 6, 2015 — Lenore Anderson is quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about how Prop. 47 has reduced crowding in California's prisons, allowing the state to meet a federal population-reduction deadline one year ahead of schedule.

February 25, 2015 — Lenore Anderson is quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about how Prop. 47 has reduced overcrowding in LA's jails, helping the sheriff to end the practice of early release of people convicted of more serious offenses.

February 15, 2015 — Lenore Anderson is quoted as part of our work to help people benefit from Prop. 47, including the woman featured by the Oakland Tribune and other newspapers for changing her record to overcome the barriers of a felony conviction.

February 12, 2015 — Lenore Anderson's op-ed in the Daily Journal outlines Prop. 47's immediate impact, its promise and the opportunity (and need) for additional sentencing reform in California.

January 8, 2015 — Lenore Anderson is quoted in this Rolling Stones piece about how Prop. 47 represents voters' belief that the "war on drugs" and over-incarceration have been failed policies.

December 5, 2014 — Elizabeth Siggins, Director of our Local Safety Solutions Project, speaks on KPBS about a survey we conducted of counties to learn about (and encourage) local efforts to enroll justice populations in newly expanded health coverage options.

September 2014 — Our #SchoolsNotPrison video was featured on Upworthy, Vibe and in an op-ed on Huffington Post by Russell Simmons (executive producer of the spot), among other blogs and sites.

September 16-18, 2014 — and KCRW were two outlets that ran a piece by our Executive Director, Lenore Anderson, about Texas' success in reducing incarceration, costs and crime over the past decade (one entry in a series of commentaries for Zocalo Public Square).

September 8-12, 2014 — Our survey of California county efforts to enroll criminal justice populations in newly expanded health care coverage was covered by Capitol Public Radio, California Healthline, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and San Diego Union-Tribune. Read the release and brief here.

June - July 2014 — Coverage of our report on Latino experiences with crime and the justice system (Latino Voices) ranged from newspapers articles (Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, La Opinion and San Francisco Chronicle) to op-eds (Sacramento Bee, La Opinion and Capitol Weekly) to broadcast (Southern California Public Radio and KPFA) and more.

May 25, 2014 — Mike de la Rocha, our Director of Strategic Partnerships in LA, is part of a San Diego Free Press article about new survey data we funded on Latino opinions about drug laws and the need for reform.

May 23, 2014 — Our Police Foundation partner, Thomas D. Hoffman (former deputy police chief of West Sacramento and former executive with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation), is quoted in this San Bernardino Sun piece about how Fontana's police department is getting attention for an innovative reentry program. 

May 2, 2014 — Thomas Hoffman wrote this op-ed in the Sacramento Bee about the need for California to revisit criminal sentencing laws for nonviolent offenses.

April 23, 2014 —Jill Schellenberg, a Fresno professor and member of our Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice network, penned this thoughtful piece in the Fresno Bee about her family's experience with a violent crime — and how the justice system can improve by using a more victims-centric approach.

April 2014 — Example coverage of the new report we commissioned on repeat victimization in California ranges from KPCC, Annenberg Radio News and KQED to Berkeley Law and Colorlines.

February 25, 2014 — Our executive director, Lenore Anderson, writes in an op-ed for the San Jose Mercury News that the debate over the lifetime of consequences for a felony conviction should actually explore whether some non-violent offenses should even be felonies to begin with, considering the high cost to taxpayers and communities.

January 29, 2014 — Lenore is quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the growing numbers of people, including conservative Republicans, who support changes to ineffective drug laws.

January 10, 2014 — Lenore explains on KPCC the public safety value of split sentencing, one of Governor Brown's recommendations in his proposed budget.

January 9, 2014 — Colorlines quotes our Organizing Director, Robert Rooks, and others about changes needed in who is eligible in California for state funds that can help crime victims recover from trauma.

November 21, 2013 — A Los Angeles Times piece about a town hall hosted by L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino and our L.A. chapter of Crime Survivors of Safety and Justice, where crime victims and city officials discussed how partnerships can improve recovery options for survivors.

October 23, 2013 — Lenore discusses the progress and promise of Public Safety Realignment on KPFA, as well as the need for modernize the penal code in order to help counties and the state reduce recidivism and costs.

October 10, 2013 — Lenore explains what works to break cycles of violence in a piece by Al Jazeera America on California's prison crisis and Public Safety Realignment.

September 10, 2013 — Lenore spoke to KGO (ABC) TV and other San Francisco media about public support for changing the state's drug laws (in light of how poorly prison has addressed addiction and recidivism issues).

September 10, 2013 — Kathy Young-Hood, member of our Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice leadership team, writes in an op-ed for the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and partner papers that expanding prison spending will not serve victims or public safety well.

September 10, 2013 — Jenny Montoya Tansey, who leads our Health Matters work, speaks with La Opinion about how federal health reform's expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility is allowing counties to enroll people exiting jail and on probation to treat the mental health and addiction problems that contribute to cycles of crime.

September 4, 2013 — Members of our statewide victims network, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, testified at a Senate hearing about how to best resolve California's prison overcrowding crisis. See KCRA-TV coverage.

August 23, 2013 — Lenore spoke on a Stockton panel of law enforcement and elected officials regarding gun violence, including Stockton's success in reducing violent crime this year. View/read the News 10 coverage here.

July 26, 2013 — Lenore contributes to a piece on KPCC about split sentences, a new tool that can help counties reduce jail pressures and recidivism through structured reentry.

July 21, 2013 — Robert Rooks, Organizing Director of our statewide survivors network, penned this op-ed in the Sacramento Bee about how Trayvon Martin represents the classic crime victim in the U.S. If we continue to see young men of color as threats and not for what they are — the most likely to fall victim to violent crime — we will never be able develop approaches and policies that prevent such tragedies.

June 6-12, 2013 — Coverage of our report on California crime victims ranged from newspaper articles (e.g., San Francisco Chronicle, Monterey Herald, Ventura County Star) to a conversation with Capital Public Radio and pieces on Southern California's KPCC and KIEM-TV in Eureka.

May 10, 2013 — In a piece in the Economist about California's prison crisis and Realignment, Lenore shares insights — and examples of innovations within California counties and other states.

May 10, 2013 — Lenore and others share in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article how the former Lt. Governor's proposed repeal of Realignment is the same old fear-mongering that created California's prison crisis. 

April 23, 2013 — TV interviews of our victims leadership team members helps to insert a different perspective into the annual story of National Crime Victims' Week in Sacramento. This includes Aqeela Sherrills on KCRA (NBC) (on why some victims support the aims of Public Safety Realignment) and Deldelp Medina on KUVS (Univision).

April 22,2013 — KFBK (news radio in Sacramento) speaks with Dionne Wilson of our victims leadership team about why she and hundreds others in our network traveled to the state capitol for national crime victims' week.

April 20, 2013 — The L.A. Progressive summarizes the lively discussions at the three-part series on "Smart Justice" we co-hosted in Los Angeles with USC, as well as another L.A. event with the Pat Brown Institute on Realignment's impact.

April 16, 2013 — David Guizar from our crime victims leadership council writes in La Opinion about how losing two brothers to homicides opened his eyes to the need for trauma support for survivors of crime.

April 5, 2013 — Tom Rudderow from our crime victims leadership council explains in the San Francisco Chronicle how survivors of crime too often don’t receive trauma services that can help them recover – and how SB 580 proposes to replicate across the state a model approach in San Francisco. (Reprinted in Capitol Weekly on April 8.)

March 30, 2013 — Lenore in an AP story about the need for more split sentencing under Realignment, comments on how critical probation is for reducing recidivism in the immediate months after someone leaves jail.

February 25, 2013 — Lenore speaks on KQED's "Forum" about how the sequester cuts could jeopardize public safety and law enforcement innovation in California. Click here for the audio file or the blog summary.

February 23, 2013 — Coverage in The Crime Report of the White House meeting where Lenore spoke about the potential impact on public safety of the sequestration cuts set to begin March 1.

February 20, 2013 — Our statewide victims network was mentioned in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed by NAACP President and CEO Ben Todd Jealous and Reverend Amos Brown (National Baptist Convention) regarding the need to include victims' voices in the debate on gun violence.

January 18, 2013 — Lenore penned an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee about how the threat of lawsuits (like the federal Plata case about California prisons) is already coming to local counties who are now experiencing jail pressures.

December 26, 2012 — Lenore is quoted in the Los Angeles Daily Journal about the softening of "tough on crime" perspectives from the public.

December 4, 2012 — Lenore writes in La Opinión about recent polling of Latino voters, our first victims event in Los Angeles and the opportunities in California for real change, if policymakers hear voters.

November 29, 2012 — Los Angeles Daily Journal story about why some crimes receive disproportionately harsher sentences than others, as well as the lack of risk assessment in most counties.

November 28, 2012 — Los Angeles Times op-ed from corrections expert James Austin about how California (with law enforcement support) can safely reduce its prison population. (This piece also ran in Capitol Weekly on December 3.)

November 16, 2012 — Los Angeles Daily Journal covers attorneys preparing for changes to Three Strikes after Prop 36's passage.

November 1, 2012 — San Jose Mercury News op-ed from Aqeela Sherrills, one of our Victims Outreach Strategists, in which he shares his personal story and views on how Public Safety Realignment (AB 109) as an opportunity to reduce future crime victims.

September 24, 2012 — In California Healthline's "Think Tank" forum, Lenore discusses the intersection of crime and health issues.

September 16, 2012 — Sacramento Bee op-ed by Lenore discusses an overlooked solution to jail overcrowding: pre-trial diversion.

May 28, 2012 — San Jose Mercury News op-ed by Lenore about new safety priorities needed for California.


  • As counties receive more responsibility and state funds for people in their local justice systems, our infographic report explores the threat of jail overcrowding, the hidden costs of jail expansion, and what approaches can reduce recidivism rates and county costs.
  • California spends $62,396 per year per prisoner, including those there for nonviolent offenses. This drains resources from education, community health and other approaches that can prevent crime. See what else these taxpayer dollars could be invested in this infographic.
  • California has 3,000 laws creating 4,800 penalties for people with a criminal record (after they have served their sentence). This infographic explains how this is a bad public safety strategy (and how Proposition 47 can help remove barriers to jobs, housing and more).



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