Lynne Lyman

Do Not Delay: Implement Marijuana Legalization in California

On time and intact implementation of California’s Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, is critical to realizing the benefits of legalization and reducing the harms from decades of prohibition that have resulted in the mass incarceration and criminalization of low-income people of color, and utterly failed to protect public health and public safety.

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Keep Your Cash: Civil Asset Forfeiture Curtailed Under New California Law

Heading out to make a cash purchase? Heading to the bank to make deposit a from your food truck earnings? Heading home with your poker winnings?

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2014 Saw Major Drug Reform Victories in California

Change is never comfortable, but often so necessary. 2014 was a year of change in drug policy laws in California, change that moves us towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

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Even the Investors that Profit from Overcrowding Can't Believe California's Governor Is Such a 'Friend to the Prison Industry'

When LA Times reporter Paige St. John tweeted that private prison industry leader Corrections Corporation of America’s (CCA) stock took a nose dive after the federal judges announced they would give California two additional years to reduce the state prison population to 137% of design capacity, I took note. Bad news for the private prison shareholders usually means good news for criminal justice reformers.

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With Governor's Veto, California's Harsh Drugs Sentencing Will Continue

Over the long weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown chose to continue the 40 year old failed war on drugs.

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California Voters Scrap Draconian "Three Strikes" Law

After nearly 20 years and over $20 billion spent, California voters have voted overwhelmingly to reform our state’s draconian “three strikes” law. The statewide ballot measure, Proposition 36, delivered a two-to-one mandate (68.6%-31.4%) to close a controversial loophole in the law so that life sentences can only be imposed when the new felony conviction is “serious or violent.”

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