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A Closer Look at Early Jail Releases

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin

Almost three years after California’s public safety realignment took effect, county sheriffs have few options for handling jail populations that are approaching historical highs reached in 2007.

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Reforming Proposition 13

By Mark Baldassare

In the current legislative session there has been a movement toward making changes in the Proposition 13 tax limits that voters approved in 1978.

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Reforming California’s Initiative Process

About the Program
The popularity of California’s initiative process has endured for over a century. But according to a new PPIC report, state residents also believe improvements are needed. A panel of leaders—representing the three branches of state government—will discuss how the process is working and how to respond to the public’s desire for reform.

This project is supported with funding from The California Endowment and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

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Reforming California’s Initiative Process

By Mark Baldassare

Californians are highly supportive of the initiative process but see room for improvement. Three steps to improve the process—connecting the legislative and initiative processes, increasing disclosure of initiative funders, and reengaging citizens in the initiative process—reflect Californians’ critiques and their desire to continue making laws at the ballot box. These reforms could have far-reaching consequences, with considerable promise for increasing citizen engagement, encouraging voter participation, and building trust in state government.

This research was supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

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