Session 4: California: Our criminal justice system and political possibilities
This session connects increased incarceration in the 1980s and 1990s to racist policies and politics at the time, with Black Lives Matter and movements on reform and abolition now, to Prop 16 (affirmative action). The focus of the discussion will be on three of the 12 total California Statewide Voter-initiated Propositions appearing on the November 2020 ballot: Prop 17 which would restore right to vote for people convicted of felonies who are on parole, Prop 20 which restricts parole for nonviolent offenders and authorizes felony sentence for certain offences and is currently treated as a misdemeanor; and Prop 25 a referendum to overturn a 2018 law that replaced money bail system with a system based on public safety with speakers.
Craig Haney, UC Santa Cruz Professor of Psychology
Anjuli Verma, UC Santa Cruz Assistant Professor of Politics
Erin Haney, National Policy Director REFORM Alliance
University Forum Election Series Presented by:
The Institute for Social Transformation and University Relations.
The November 2020 election provides a historic opportunity to shape our future both in California & the Nation. In this series, we aim to reflect on the issues at stake in the 2020 elections in the context of longer term struggles for democratic accountability, racial justice, equal citizenship, & economic equality. On the ballot in California propositions have the potential to dramatically shift our tax system, affirmative action, courts & criminal justice system, voting eligibility & enfranchisement processes, labor relations & housing policy.
Moderated by Chris Benner, Director of the Institute for Social Transformation and Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology.