Criminal Justice Reform / Speech Paper with Outline and all Supplements. The need for extreme criminal justice reform in California

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I. Basic Introduction and description

- Introduce basic sides of Criminal Law and Elaborate

II. General History and Development

- Discuss the history and modifications of Reform Laws in California

III. Main Problems and Concern Stimulants

- Point out real life statistics and point out incidents

IV. Conclusion

- Point out the need for an extreme reform and what can be done


I. An analysis of Department of Corrections data by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal

Justice in San Francisco, CA, in Nov, 1995 indicates that since the enactment of

California's 'Three Strikes' law two years ago, 192 have 'struck out' for marijuana

possession, compared to 40 for murder, 25 for rape, and 24 for kidnapping.

A. I have a strong proposition for the California Legislature...and that is a strict and logical reform to the present Criminal Justice System in California.

B. 'The California Legislature is to be commended for its stance on crime.

Not for their 'get tough' policies such as the 'Three Strikes' law but for their enactment of a little known section of the Penal Code entitled the 'Community Based Punishment Act of 1994.' (Senator Quentin Kopp, Time Magazine Feb 14, 1996)

C. By passage of this act, the State of California has acknowledged the limitations of incarceration as both punishment and a deterrent to criminal behavior.

D. The legislature has in fact declared that 'California's criminal justice system is seriously out of balance in its heavy dependence upon prison facilities and jails for punishment and its lack of appropriate punishment for nonviolent offenders and substance abusers who could be successfully treated in appropriate, less restrictive programs without any increase in danger to the public'

II. More facts, Opinions and Developmental Ideas

A. In essence, this law proposes a community based system of...