Identifies a number of general trends and patterns in local government in California since the passage of Proposition 13 that may have significant implications for the future, and illustrates them with examples from the criminal justice system. Among the trends are attempts to apply short-term solutions to long-term problems, a growing influence of the state and federal governments over local government activities, a growing conflict between local government autonomy and the mandates and dictates of higher-level governments, and changes in the goals and objectives of the criminal justice system that portend a less humane and less responsive system.
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