The Ongoing Attempt to Buy the Criminal Justice System

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

In 2016, Peter Weir was re-elected District Attorney, Jefferson and Galpin Counties, Colorado after weathering more than $1.3 million in viciously negative and false ads funded by George Soros. That campaign was one of more than a dozen District Attorney campaigns nationwide where Soros funded political action committees poured in huge sums of money at […]

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Irvine Study on Prop 47 Disproves Its Own Conclusion

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

A recent study by a University of Irvine professor and a doctoral student purports to examine whether Prop 47 was responsible for the rising crime rate in 2015, the year after its passage. The authors, in what they admitted was a “quasi-experimental” study, invented “a synthetic control group” to compare California’s crime rate to this […]

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Reduce the Damage Caused by Prop 57

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

A Los Angeles Times article highlighted the continuing fallout from Prop 57, with the poorly drafted initiative allowing early release of numerous violent felons and the early release of sex offenders not far behind after a recent court ruling. Of course, it didn’t have to be this way, and it is thanks to Governor Jerry […]

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We Told You So…And Now So Has A Court

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

We repeatedly warned prior to the election that the ambiguities of language in Prop 57 would allow sex offenders to be released early from prison. The proponents realized the public wouldn’t support that, so led by Governor Jerry Brown they responded by promising that CDCR would write regulations to make sure sex-offenders weren’t released early. […]

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Prop 47 Proponent Acknowledges Likelihood of Felony Consequences Will Deter Crime

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

In a recent interview, District Attorney George Gascon offered this comment regarding the car break-in epidemic in San Francisco: “What’s driving the numbers is understanding the likelihood of consequences is very low.” Of course, that obvious conclusion applies to California’s rising property crime rate in all categories, not just car break-ins. What is undeniably ironic […]

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Opinions Aren’t Facts

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

The critical feature of an op/ed is that it is opinion and commentary rather than investigative journalism.  As the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed, everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.  In a recent foray, columnist Sal Rodriguez mixed “facts” in with personal attacks to argue that criminal […]

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Spinning to Explain Away Increase in Crime Rates

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

Imagine the reaction if, after a loan officer told an applicant they would not receive a loan because of too much debt, the applicant asked “How about we just disregard 25% of my debt?” As illogical as this sounds, it was the approach recently articulated by a group seeking to downplay the crime rate increases […]

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Meet Some Prop 57 Early Release Inmates

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

We extensively chronicled how the Prop 57 campaign was sold on the lie that only “non-violent” criminals would be released early from their lawfully imposed state prison terms.  The decision on who gets the early release is now in the hands of the Board of Parole, whose release decisions show an appalling disregard of fact and reality.  […]

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Governor Brown’s “Get Out of Jail Free” Approach

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

As Governor Brown enters his final years in office, legislation he has proposed, signed and vetoed in the past year make it crystal clear he wants convicted criminals to serve as little time as possible. Three changes in the criminal justice system illustrate his beliefs. First is Prop 57 which the Governor wrote and campaigned […]

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Bill on Governor’s Desk could Reduce Penalties for Gun Use During a Crime

Michele Hanisee
President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

California has imposed multiple restrictions on guns in recent years, including restrictions on gun capacity, possession and even purchase of ammunition.  Yet SB 620, which has been sent to the Governor for his approval or veto, would loosen penalties for those convicted of using a gun in a crime. Multiple shots fired during a drive-by […]

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