It’s no surprise that AB109, California’s new inmate transfer bill — or “realignment” — is a contentious issue. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise when tempers remained relatively calm at a recent conference in Sacramento on this very topic, allowing via Prison Realignment Sparks Lively Debate | Correctional News.
We often find ourselves in situations we wish we didn’t. Now that the holiday season is here, company parties are about to begin. How many times have you heard about criminal charges that resulted from going to a harmless dinner party, or business party. People have a few laughs and a few drinks and find […]
By Donna L. Connally* and Petra Fuhriman** (October 13, 2011) California’s “realignment” statutes have changed the way many felony offenders are handled by the criminal courts.The key changes come in the areas of sentencing and post-incarceration (after jail or prison time has been served).Part I of this “realignment” series discussed the primary changes in the […]
By Donna L. Connally* (October 3, 2011) Realignment means you may not go to prison, you can still earn “half-time” credits, and you may be supervised for as little as 6 months after release from custody. Part I of this Realignment discussion talks about how the changes to California’s treatment of felony offenders came about, […]
By Donna L. Connally* (September 2011) In California, criminal law courts are required to order a convicted defendant to pay restitution to a crime victim. Too often, defendants have no idea how much money might be involved. You, as a defendant, need to remember three key points about restitution when choosing your criminal law defense […]