Opinion

March 9, 2014

Our View: Ruling rights a wrong that tipped scales of justice too far

Twenty-six years ago, on a statewide ballot overloaded with 29 propositions and a presidential race, California voters approved a measure – Proposition 89 – allowing the governor to reverse decisions of the state parole board. It’s hard to say how much voters mulled the question, given how many important decisions they were being asked to make that day and how relatively innocuous it might have seemed to give the state’s top elected official veto power over decisions to release dangerous criminals. That initiative, however, has had real consequences for prisoners.

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