Against Punishment Trend, CA May Get Tough on Sex Crimes

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After decades of tough-on-crime policies that swelled California prisons to the point that they had to be depopulated under a Supreme Court order, support has mounted for rethinking criminal punishment. Voters embraced lighter penalties for offenses such as theft and drug possession, but for sexual assault, legislators have moved in another direction, reports the Sacramento Bee. Tough bills connected to lurid, heavily publicized cases . . .

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