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CA LEGISLATURE TRIES TO PROTECT GASCÓN’S SENTENCE REDUCTION POLICY
DA George Gascón’s effort to reduce the death sentences of every condemned Los Angeles County murderer faces a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. On February 15, Gascón moved to recall the death sentence of a convicted murderer........read more >>


CRIME & CONSEQUENCES BLOG
FEDERAL STUDY: LONGER SENTENCES REDUCE RECIDIVISM
A study released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission confirms its findings from an earlier study that federal criminals who receive longer sentences are less likely to commit new crimes than those who receive shorter sentences. CJLF notes that the study contradicts claims by progressive DAs that longer sentences increase recidivism and shorter sentences reduce recidivism. CJLF’s recent research review was utilized in the U.S. Sent. Commission study.......read more >>
SACRAMENTO JUDGE BLOCKS MURDERER’S PAROLE
In a decision announced Friday, June 3, a Sacramento Superior Court judge has blocked the parole of Lawrence Cottle, finding a 2017 state law that made him eligible for parole unconstitutional. The decision in the case of Peterson v. Board of Parole Hearings, was in response to a lawsuit by Laura Peterson, whose father, Alan Peterson, was murdered by Cottle in 1996. While Cottle could have received a death sentence were he an adult at the time of the murder, because he was 16 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Under California’s 1990 Proposition 115, state judges were given the discretion to sentence aggravated murderers under age 18 to either 25 years to life or LWOP. The initiative specified that it could only be amended by a two-thirds vote of both houses of the California Legislature.......read more >>