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California Legislators Lend Helping Hand to Murderers

California Legislators Lend Helping Hand to Murderers

By John Barrick Civil societies hold people responsible for criminal con­duct and its foreseeable conse­quences. No one is entitled to a free pass. However, California legislators have begun to change that, and the results have been as frightening as they are mystify­ing. In 2019, California Legisla­tors did something that would have been unthinkable a decade […]

California Again Reduces Violent Crime Penalties

California Again Reduces Violent Crime Penalties

By John Barrick For months I have been writing about the misguided efforts of California leaders to “reform” the criminal justice system. Instead of trying to improve it, these leaders have made it worse for crime victims and their families. Many of these new “reforms” do noth­ing more than offer leniency to violent criminals. I […]

Criminal Laws: California Again Reduces Penalties for Violent Crimes

Criminal Laws: California Again Reduces Penalties for Violent Crimes

Opinion ByJohn Barrick To understand how utterly foolhardy and dangerous Assembly Bill 292 (AB 292) is, we need to understand that it concerns violent crimes and the apparent need for California legislators to release violent criminals back into society as soon as possible. The major advantage of classifying a crime as “violent” rests in the […]

California Leaders Protecting Gang Members Instead of Victims

California Leaders Protecting Gang Members Instead of Victims

By John Barrick | Conejo Guardian Over the last decade, California political leaders have been generous to criminals by passing a series of legislative acts that have reduced sentences and released an alarming number of violent prisoners back into the general public significantly sooner than they should have been. For example, on April 30, 2021, […]

California Leaders Mislead Public, Reduce Penalties for Crimes with Deceptively Named Propositions

California Leaders Mislead Public, Reduce Penalties for Crimes with Deceptively Named Propositions

  John Barrick Historically, America’s approach to criminal justice swings back and forth like a pendulum between an emphasis on punishment and an emphasis on rehabilitation. Wisdom incorporates both approaches, but in California, the pendulum has swung heavily toward the rehabilitative aspect of accountability as opposed to punishment. While setting aside a full comparison of […]

Commentary | No Gun Control for Criminals

Commentary | No Gun Control for Criminals

Column By John Barrick The Conejo Guardian  Over the past 10 years, the California Legislature, in cooperation with the governor’s office, has implemented a series of criminal justice statutes that treat criminals as if they are somehow not responsible for their actions while completely ignoring the rights and privileges of crime victims. These statutes have […]