Author Archives: Charles David Henry

Unconstitutional policing conducted by US police departments

By Charles David Henry The country is engaged in a critically important conversation about community-police relations, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report. Some of the more than 18,000 police departments across the United States are engaging in unconstitutional policing, according to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Pattern and Practice Police Reform […]

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FDA impounds approximately 1000 vials of Texas execution drugs

State’s supply runs out after nine executions, it sues to have feds release impounded drugs The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detained a shipment of approximately 1,000 vials of drugs intended for executions in Texas. After waiting for nearly a year and a half, Texas officials demanded an end to the delays, filing […]

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Over $180 billion a year spent on mass incarceration

Half the money spent on running the correctional system goes to pay staff By Charles David Henry The system of mass incarceration costs the government and families at least $182 billion every year, according to a report by the Prison Policy Institute. “Our goal with this report is to give a hint as to how […]

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Looking back on 42 years of service at San Quentin

By Charles David Henry In June 1975, Donald Graham left the California Department of Corrections’ training academy after two weeks and took his first job assignment at San Quentin State Prison. An Air Force veteran with college degrees in computer science and mathematics from California State University at Sonoma, Graham came to work for the […]

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Christmas comes early with VGSQ’s Toys for Tots

By Charles David Henry The 2016 San Quentin’s Toys for Tots program came earlier this year. On Dec. 16 chairman Gary Cooper and members of the Veterans Group of San Quentin (VGSQ) decorated the Christmas tree in the main visiting room and received nearly 400 gifts from the United States Marine Corps Recruitment Center in […]

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Four states lead U.S. prison population shrinkage

By Charles David Henry Prison populations have been steadily declining as a result of criminal justice strategic reforms. This spectrum of change has been most notable in several states such as New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and California. America still continues to maintain its distinction as the world leader in its use of incarceration. […]

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Joint venture provides opportunity for SQ

By Charles David Henry A new opportunity for paying jobs for San Quentin inmates has been approved by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The job source is a joint venture operated by a company calling itself “Big Dawg” Manufacturing, LLC. The company manufactures refrigeration products. The company will choose from a pool of inmates […]

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Racial disparities persist when Black judges’ rulings are appealed

By Charles David Henry Racial disparities appear to persist in the American legal system, despite the attempts to make the judiciary more reflective of the general population, a Harvard study reports. The 2015 study examined how higher-court judges evaluated opinions written by approximately 1,500 federal district minority judges between 2000 and 2012. The study shows […]

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California’s crime rate up after two-year decrease

By Charles David Henry After two years of decreases, the murder rate in California rose from 4.4 to 4.8 per 100,000 in 2015. There were 1,861 homicides in a year. This number represents a 9.7 percent increase from the 1,697 homicides in 2014. This still is a 25.1 percent decrease from 2,483 reported in 2006, […]

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Voters to Decide on Two Opposing Death Penalty Measures in November

By Charles David Henry California voters will decide again in November what to do with the death penalty. Two opposing initiatives with strong political and social ramifications will be on the ballot to abolish capital punishment or speed up executions. Details of the measures are listed in an Aug. 12 story by politifact.com. Proposition 62 […]

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