Barry Krisberg quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, January 30, 2014
We have the political theorists on board. What about average, middle-class Americans? Barry Krisberg … who has been advising the supporters of the bill, says you might be surprised. “If they can get it to the ballot, it will pass,” Krisberg says. “There’s been polling on this, and 60 percent of Californians say just because someone uses drugs, they don’t want that person to be incarcerated.”
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Barry Krisberg quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, January 30, 2014
Barry Krisberg quoted in Daily Journal, January 27, 2014 (registration required)
“It looks like the state has come a way down the road in terms of embracing reforms that have been on the table before and they haven’t considered before,” said Barry Krisberg.
Barry Krisberg quoted in San Jose Mercury News, January 14, 2014
“It’s what I call justice by geography. The juvenile court has wide disparities in the amount of penalties it connects to specific behaviors,” said Barry Krisberg …. “On average, Santa Clara (County) has lower sentences than other places. They’ve embraced the treatment and rehabilitation strategy”—a mission of California’s welfare and institutions code—”so this doesn’t completely surprise me.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in The San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2013 (registration required)
Krisberg said the ballot measure, if enacted, would result in “significant declines in the number of people in state prison….” “There appears to be tremendous support for the ideas in this proposal,” said Krisberg. “The question is, can they get it on the ballot? Collecting signatures takes a lot of money. But if it was on the ballot, based on the polling data I have seen, it would pass overwhelmingly.”
Barry Krisberg interviewed on KGO 810 News, December 18, 2013
But there’s still work to be done. “The one area that still needs quite a bit of work is mental health care for mentally ill kids across the nation. It’s a problem,” says Barry Krisberg.
Barry Krisberg quoted in AlJazeera America, December 12, 2013
Barry Krisberg, a senior fellow at UC Berkeley Law School, told Al Jazeera that while there are factors that mitigate criminal liability—such as mental illness, age and developmental disabilities—economic status is not one of them. “It just doesn’t make sense. The notion that because someone is wealthy, we shouldn’t hold them accountable is nutty.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, December 10, 2013 (requires registration)
“Realignment has brought enormous change to California, and it appears to have affected auto thefts, in particular.”
Barry Krisberg interviewed on KTVU, November 19, 2013
“It certainly hasn’t been effective so far, and there is no information suggesting it is effective,” says Barry Krisberg, UC Berkeley criminologist. Krisberg calls Ceasefire a distraction. “We need a closer connection between police and community. Oakland police have pretty much abandoned community policing.”
Barry Krisberg interviewed by KAZU-FM, November 14, 2013
Barry Krisberg puts it this way. “Changing the relationship of the police to the community—what’s often called community policing—in which police position themselves as partners with people in a city,” Krisberg says. “You know they’re no longer the occupying army.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in San Jose Mercury News, November 13, 2013
One factor in San Pablo’s success may be its less adversarial relationship with residents. When citizens believe police are brutal or unfair, they won’t step forward to help, said Barry Krisberg.
Barry Krisberg quoted in Mission and State, November 12, 2013
Barry Krisberg … said the 9th Circuit Court’s decision signals the slow-but-steady demise of gang injunctions. “Requiring full-blown due process and individual hearings for each person named in an injunction will cost prosecutors and city attorneys resources that they do not have,” said Krisberg…. “It’s time to deploy scarce law enforcement dollars on approaches that really advance public protection, not quasi legal stunts like injunctions.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in Daily Journal, November 4, 2013 (registration required)
But instead of pursuing repeated legal challenges, said Barry Krisberg, a senior fellow at UC Berkeley School of Law who studies prison issues, the state could have focused its efforts on complying with the court order. That strategy could have made for a quicker resolution and saved taxpayer money, Krisberg explained.
Barry Krisberg quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, October 29, 2013
“He said he’s going to reconsider California sentencing at some point. I see no sign of it,” said Barry Krisberg.
Barry Krisberg quoted in Mission and State, October 28, 2013
Krisberg said, “Gang injunctions penalize associations similar to Jim Crow or apartheid laws. They are virtually always targeted at black and brown youth. The potential to engage in racial profiling is huge.” When asked why injunctions haven’t been challenged more successfully, Krisberg added, “Community groups rarely have the financial resources to really challenge these atrocities. I have urged progressive legislators to ban them statewide.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in The Huffington Post, October 23, 2013
“Some of the top criminologists were basically scaring the hell out of people, saying, ‘We’ve got this wave of new barbarians at the door,’” said Barry Krisberg…. “It’s true that youth crime rates were rising. But they were projecting that this was going to double, triple. It was outrageous.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in Reuters, October 1, 2013
“From what I hear, the governor is deeply resentful of the federal courts taking over the prison system,” said Krisberg, who in 2006 testified as an expert witness for prisoners in the crowding case. “And secondarily he actually believes that there are a lot of really bad people in prison.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in Daily Journal, September 26, 2013 (registration required)
“Once they get on the media it’s going to look pretty terrible,” said Barry Krisberg…. “Defending this behavior is a fool’s errand. They ought to fix it, and it’s fixable.” Krisberg said plaintiffs have a “very strong legal case” and will cite the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, two laws that will bolster their chances on the use of force claim.
Barry Krisberg quoted in Chicago Tribune, September 25, 2013
The experts also found that living conditions in the prisons’ confinement units were “often harsh and of substandard quality,” with rooms that smelled of trash and feces. Youths were required to wear orange jumpsuits with no undergarments, wrote Barry Krisberg.
Barry Krisberg quoted in San Jose Mercury News, September 16, 2013
Barry Krisberg … said the FBI data doesn’t mean much. He noted factors such as a law enforcement agency dropping out of the voluntary reporting system or a reworked definition of a crime can skew statistics. “People are trying to make much out of a one-year trend,” Krisberg said. “But there are so many problems in regards to the data.”
Barry Krisberg quoted in Daily Journal, September 10, 2013 (registration required)
Barry Krisberg … said the court could be wary of a delay given past efforts by the state to avoid the deadline. “My guess would be that the courts are going to look at this and say, ‘This has been coming for four years,’” he said. “They’ve delayed, they’ve postponed, they’ve appealed, and now, once again, they are proposing another delay.”