David Onek

UC affiliates top donor to the Obama campaign

David Onek quoted in The Daily Californian, November 6, 2012

“My support for President Obama is completely separate from my employment with the UC,” said David Onek, a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law and the top individual donor to the re-election campaign from the UC…. “I can’t speculate why the UC has so many Obama supporters,” said Onek. “But it’s clear that this election is crucial for all of us.”

Criminal justice conversations with David Onek: law professor Joan Petersilia

David Onek host on KALW-FM, April 29, 2012

“A lot of the focus on realignment has been on reducing the state prison population, but realignment is also going to lead to enormous changes in county jails…. Now they may hold inmates for much longer periods of time and will need to develop this type of programming with relatively limited resources.”

David Onek Promotes ‘Restorative Justice’ as Prison Alternative

The New York Times, September 17, 2011 by Trey Bundy

“Do you know what happens when you’re locked up?” he said. “You sleep all day and watch daytime TV. You’re watching Jerry Springer, and someone feeds you three hot meals a day. Admitting what you did, confronting your actions, hearing from a victim about the impact that things have had on them, that’s tough.”

David Onek Opposes Death Penalty

-San Francisco Examiner, May 19, 2011 by Ari Burack

“The death penalty does not work — I will not seek the death penalty in any circumstances,” Onek said.

-San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 24, 2011 by Sarah Phelan

Onek says his stance is informed by his belief that the death penalty solves nothing. “It doesn’t make us safer; it’s not fair and equitable; and it wastes enormous resources,” he said. “We are much better off spending our precious resources on things that actually make us safer, like more cops on the streets, more programs in our communities, and better services for victims.”

David Onek Gives a Nod to Journalist Sy Hersh

SF Weekly, April 6, 2011 by Peter Jamison

Does Hersh’s support signal that Onek might just follow through on his vows to let some more sunshine in at 850 Bryant? “I’ll let you be the judge of that,” he says. “All I can say is that I have tremendous respect for Sy Hersh, as a person and as a journalist.”