Author Archives: Charles David Henry

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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California’s Death Row Population Tops All Of Western Hemisphere

By Charles David Henry California is “home to the largest Death Row population in the Western Hemisphere,” according to a recent PolitiFact press release. According to public data, California’s Death Row has nearly 750 individuals condemned to die. That’s nearly twice as many as the next closest state, Florida at 388. UC Berkeley law professor Frank […]

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Sitting in the Fire With the New Graduates of VOEG

By Charles David Henry The song “Lean on Me” set the tone for the 2016 graduating class of San Quentin’s Victim Offender Education Group program. Executive Director Billie Mizell and Michael Adams harmonized the 1980s classic oldie by Bill Withers before nearly 125 people in the Protestant Chapel. Mizell said she wanted the audience to […]

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Robert E. Burton Adult School Awards Diplomas and Vocational Certificates

By Charles David Henry “Progress has a beginning, but it has no ending” best describes the Robert E. Burton Adult School 2016 Graduation Commencements. During this summer’s ceremony more than 120 inspired, incarcerated men at San Quentin finally reveled in their own personal accomplishments and triumphs. “Don’t Just Dream Inspire, Don’t Just Imagine Create, Don’t […]

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Dr. Beatty Brings Quest for Treating Under-Served To SQ Inmates

By Charles David Henry The University of North Carolina, known for its NCAA collegiate championship basketball program, and is the alma mater of Dr. George Beatty, one of San Quentin’s medical physicians. The university campus at Chapel Hill is a diversified southern school with opportunistic programs designed for an adventurous student body. “I’ve got two […]

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Face-to-Face Visits Vital to Inmates’ Personal Relationships

By Charles David Henry One of the most important ways for prisoners to nurture personal relationships with their family and friends is to have face-to-face visits. In many instances “in-person visits can place a substantial burden on the visitor, who may have to miss work, pay for childcare and cover the cost of travel,” said […]

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Jail Healthcare Causes Needless Deaths

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Journalism Guild Writer Needless deaths have happened in jails because of a broken healthcare system, according to a CBS News investigation. One of the nation’s largest healthcare providers for county jails, Advanced Correctional Healthcare (ACH), is fighting multiple lawsuits. The company serves 255 correctional facilities in 17 states, said Jeff […]

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Wrongful Convictions Cost Californians Millions of Dollars

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer It has cost California taxpayers more than $220 million to overturn 600 wrongful convictions over two decades, a university study reports. Individuals who had their conviction overturned were paid $80 million, the study found. Settlements for wrongful conviction cases cost $68 million, “and an additional $68 million was […]

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DA Gascon’s Reforms Encounter Roadblocks

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon’s attempt to reform law enforcement is generating an all-out battle with police officers and deputy sheriffs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Gascon is a former career cop, who ascended to become the city’s top prosecutor. He finds himself in an ugly dispute […]

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