November 29, 2007
Great recent commentary on federal criminal justice issues
I am consistently impressed with the columns on criminal justice issues done by Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle (though I am surprised she is described on the paper's website as someone who provides "op-ed commentary with a conservative edge"). And thanks to a helpful colleague, I see that Saunders has authored these three strong pieces on federal criminal justice issues recently:
- "Free Clarence Aaron" (about an overpunished federal defendant meriting clemency)
- "Willie Horton 2008" (on the politics of crime and punishment in the presidential campaign)
- "Federal prosecutors on steroids" (on the Barry Bonds indictment)
November 29, 2007 at 03:27 PM | Permalink
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Doug, your links don't seem to be working. Here is a link to the Saunders collection:
"I am surprised she is described on the paper's website as someone who provides 'op-ed commentary with a conservative edge.'"
I'm not. I've been a fan of Debra's for a long time. She is the Chron's resident contrarian. In the Aaron piece, she writes, "Let me be clear: Violent repeat offenders should serve hard time, and enjoy no breaks."
On a Left Coast scale, that's definitely conservative. On a San Francisco scale, it qualifies as "extreme right-wing."
Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Nov 29, 2007 7:47:05 PM
I haven't visited your blog for quite a while and now remember what I've been missing. I'm not really surprised that Debra is considered conservative either. I find many conservatives who are dismayed by prosecutor over reach and the power of the criminal justice system. Of course these conservatives do not find a comfortable home in the Republican Party. In fact they really have no party as social control issues are not disdained by Democrats either. I read your blog because It gives me hope.
Posted by: beth curtis | Nov 29, 2007 10:10:34 PM