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Criminal Justice Information Sharing: A Legal Primer For Criminal Practitioners In California, W. David Ball, Robert Weisberg Dec 2010

Criminal Justice Information Sharing: A Legal Primer For Criminal Practitioners In California, W. David Ball, Robert Weisberg

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California criminal justice agencies need access to data in order to provide security, health care treatment, and appropriate programming, as well as to coordinate these activities with other agencies. By the same token, outside agencies—whether criminal, social service, or non-governmental—could often do their jobs more effectively with access to information generated or retained within particular criminal justice agencies. Criminal justice realignment under AB 109 has only heightened the need for inter-agency data sharing and cooperation, yet there continue to be misunderstandings about the legal framework surrounding information exchange.

This Article aims to provide a basic, practical background on the legal …


Death Penalty Appeals And Habeas Proceedings: The California Experience, Gerald F. Uelmen Jan 2009

Death Penalty Appeals And Habeas Proceedings: The California Experience, Gerald F. Uelmen

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Despite spending more than any other state on its implementation and administration, California today is saddled with a death penalty law that can be described only as completely dysfunctional. We have the longest death row in America, with approximately 670 inmates awaiting execution. Typically, the lapse of time between sentence and execution is twenty-five years, twice the national average, and is growing wider each year. One hundred nineteen inmates have spent more than twenty years on California's death row. Most of them will certainly die before they are ever executed. Since restoration of the death penalty in 1978, the leading …