Ep. 252 - Tackling Rising Crime Rates in California

California Underground Podcast: Discussing California Politics Through a Lens of Sanity

12-04-2024 • 44 mins


In this episode, Phil and his guest Jeffrey Clayton discuss rising crime rates in blue states, specifically focusing on California. They explore the role of bail in the criminal justice system and its impact on crime rates. They also discuss the effects of Proposition 47, which downgraded certain nonviolent property crimes and drug possession offenses to misdemeanors. The conversation highlights the importance of deterrence and the need to send a strong message that low-level offenses will not be tolerated. In this conversation, Jeff Clayton discusses the issues surrounding bail reform and its impact on crime rates. He highlights the need for discretion in the criminal justice system and the importance of enforcing the law. The conversation also touches on the role of district attorneys in prosecuting crimes and the significance of local elections. Jeff emphasizes the need for voters to pay attention to who their district attorney is and how their policies can affect crime rates. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the American Bail Coalition and their work in advocating for fair and effective bail policies.

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00:00 Introduction and Background

05:52 The Connection Between Bail and Rising Crime Rates

11:47 The Effects of Abandoning Lower-Level Offenses

24:08 Pressure on Legislatures

30:23 Cities with Democratic Control in Red States

37:14 Attitudes Towards Theft and Corporate Entities

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