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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Deputy District Attorneys Applaud Supreme Court’s Prop 66 Ruling

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

We are pleased with the Courts decision to uphold the will of the voters.  Prop. 66 preserves the death penalty for the most heinous criminals by enacting critically needed reforms to the system. The court recognized that Californians not only voted to keep the death penalty but also to reform the appellate court system and […]

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California Supreme Court ruling limits harmful effects of Prop. 47

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

Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature steadfastly refuse to address even the most egregious flaws in their beloved soft-on-crime initiative, Proposition 47. But despite their obstinacy, a droplet of positive news has trickled out of Sacramento. The California Supreme Court has ruled that judges have wide discretion to refuse to shorten the sentences of third-strike […]

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Gun Enhancements Should Not Be Rolled Back Because Victims Are Lucky Enough to Survive

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

Last month, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys exposed how a key witness told outright lies to a state Senate committee while advocating for SB 620, which would eliminate mandatory enhancements for gun crimes. The ADDA showed that the story told about the young criminal whose case supposedly spotlighted the unfairness of enhancements was untrue. So the bill’s […]

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Prop. 57: Criminals far and wide love it

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

The ADDA and prosecutors throughout California have grown hoarse warning about the public safety disaster known as Prop. 57. But even we didn’t envision that it would actually incentivize crime by luring criminals here from other states. Yet that’s exactly what appears to be happening. As Torrance police arrested two suspects from Colorado late last month in […]

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