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San Mateo County Superior Court changes traffic fees policy, avoids ACLU suit

April 01, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Responding to pressure applied by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, leaders of San Mateo County Superior Court announced several changes related to individuals' ability to pay traffic fines. According to an ACLU attorney, more courts around California will follow suit, or face legal action.

Outraged by Kansas Justices’ Rulings, G.O.P. Seeks to Reshape Court

April 01, 2016 | New York Times
Washington is locked in partisan warfare over control of the Supreme Court. But it is hardly the only place. Look at the states, where political attacks on judicial decisions are common and well-financed attack ads are starting to jar the once-sleepy elections for State Supreme Court seats.

Prop. 47 has cut county jail inmate populations, report shows

March 31, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
A November 2014 ballot measure that reduced punishment for drug possession and low-level theft crimes lowered county jail populations by 9 percent in its first year, an effect that could increase public safety by allowing more serious criminals to be kept behind bars longer, according to a study released Wednesday.
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