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Proposed Ballot Measure Would Treat Certain ‘Quality Of Life’ Crimes As Cry For Help

A former California assemblyman is collecting signatures for a ballot measure that he hopes will address certain types of so-called “quality of life” crimes while at the same time not resigning the people who commit those crimes, many of whom are often homeless, suffering from mental illness or both, to jail time right away.

GUESTS:

Mike Gatto, author of “California’s Compassionate Intervention Act,” attorney and co-founder of Actium LLP, a Los Angeles-based law firm, and former California State assemblyman from the 43rd district, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and several L.A. neighborhoods including Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater Village; he tweets @mikegatto

Jen Flory, policy advocate at Western Center on Law and Poverty, an organization providing legal representation and policy advocacy on behalf of Californians experiencing poverty; she tweets @JenAFlory

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