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Articles by Tim Casarez

No Sympathy for Those Labeled "Violent Criminal"

Tim Casarez writes from an inside view about the continuing push for reforming the criminal justice system and believes that more than merely punishing offenders labeled as "violent" they should be urged toward reform and earn their release. It is time for a change of thought toward incarceration, he says, the proposed reforms don't go far enough.

The Label of “Violent” Leaves Majority of Inmates Without a Road to Rehabilitation

As President Obama is moving on unprecedented prison reform, the national conversation has left out those with the most to gain – inmates with “violent” offenses, who make up the majority of prison inmates, but who will continue to see the least benefits. This possibility of ending mass incarceration has started and stopped with the limited focus on “non-violent” offenders.  Tim Casarez is currently serving a 22 year prison sentence for crimes committed at 18 years old. While serving his sentence he has been a model prisoner - focused on changing his life for the better. However, he says this is not the norm under the CDCR, where the majority of inmates with a history like his will return to society worse than when they walked into prison.
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