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Voters support prevention over prisons, poll says

March 10, 2011

By Daniel Weintraub

California voters think major reforms of the state’s criminal justice system are needed, and they support changes that would focus on prevention and rehabilitation programs targeted at young people, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey by Tulchin Research Co. of 601 registered voters found that voters favor prevention more than building more prisons and adopting tougher sentencing laws.

“They don’t have this mentality to lock everybody up and throw away the key,” said Ben Tulchin, president of the polling firm. “They see a need for reform, that the status quo is not working.”

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Living with the sound of gunfire

January 21, 2010

Gunfire is so common in Richmond, Calif., that residents of neighborhoods like the Iron Triangle no longer call 911 at the sound of shots fired, according to the city’s police department. In response, earlier this year, the city installed the ShotSpotter system. The sensors detect and pinpoint gunfire fired to a specific address, and call police to the scene less than a minute after shots are fired.

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