Gang Validation, Good-Time Credit & the ExPost Facto Clause in California’s Prison System

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The coming year should be a good one for continuing criminal-justice reform in California. For one thing, the prison population is falling, for the first time in recent memory. Proposition 47 (which makes simple possession of any drug a misdemeanor—and which acts retroactively to reduce the sentences of those previously convicted) is gradually removing possession-only offenders from the state prisons, where most drug-policy experts and an increasing number of law-enforcement officials agree they shouldn't have been in the first place.

And this tectonic policy shift has not, contrary to some alarmist prognostications, driven up . . .

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