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June 10, 2016


Brown, Kaleem: Child sex trafficking victims are assaulted again by justice system

By Kate Walker Brown and Maheen Kaleem, Special to The Mercury News

For most kids, daily activities include attending school or spending time with friends. Not for Alana. Like too many child sex trafficking victims, the only daily guarantee in Alana's life was that she would be raped by her trafficker and buyers who paid to engage in sexual acts with her.

June 03, 2016

By LaDoris Cordell, Special to The Mercury News

Posted:   06/02/2016 07:09:46 PM PDT | Updated:   about 19 hours ago

Police officers force their way into your home; they believe that you possess illegal drugs for sale. They arrest you, and they seize your computer, your cash , and your valuable coin collection. The charges against you are dropped; you are innocent.

When you request the return of your property, you learn that it has been permanently forfeited and dispersed via civil asset forfeiture.


June 03, 2016

BY… Conor Friedersdorf

If a police officer pulls you over for a burned out taillight, he can quickly learn your name, home address, place of birth, sex and eye color; every minor traffic infraction on your record; your criminal history at the local, state and federal levels; whether you're on probation or parole; and whether there are any warrants out for your arrest.

June 03, 2016

By Patrick McGreevy

State Senate seeks to bar criminal charges against minors for prostitution

The state Senate voted Thursday to approve a bill that would prohibit filing criminal charges against minors for prostitution after lawmakers argued the teenagers and children are the victims of others.

June 03, 2016

By Alexei Koseff -

After initially falling short in April, a bill to repeal sentencing enhancements for certain drug crimes passed the California Senate on Thursday.

May 13, 2016

¿ A los 14 años “me violaron mujeres y hombres, hasta que me rescataron”

Bajo la ley actual, una víctima de prostitución puede ser detenida en una cárcel juvenil y procesada por prostitución pero esto espera ser cambiado por la senadora de Los Ángeles, Holly Mitchell


May 10, 2016

California: ¿Quién paga el precio de la injusticia?

Los que están pagando hoy el precio de la confiscacion civil de la policía son los californianos inocentes

May 10, 2016


Michelle Alexander: Sentence 'enhancement' for drug offenders is a tool of community destruction

By Michelle Alexander

May 9, 2016

May 03, 2016

Democrats think this might be the year that Gov. Jerry Brown loosens his grip on state spending


John Myers Contact Reporter