Author Archives: David B. Le

Are fewer inmates good news? Not if you invest in private prisons

By David B. Le The decline in prison populations is good news unless you happen to be an investor who’s put money into prison bonds.  The 3.8 trillion municipal-securities niche market has investors demanding higher payouts for their risk as prison bonds have been downgraded due to the prison population reduction and private prisons closure, […]

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…campaign seeks to extend the ban

By David Le A campaign is underway to end solitary confinement for youth in juvenile and adult facilities across the United States. The campaign was launched in April by a number of national groups, including the Center for Children’s Law and Policy. The new partnership is called Stop Solitary for Kids. Leading the campaign is […]

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Policymakers told they neglect prison education

By David Le Policymakers neglect prison education and re-entry programs, former inmate Kevin Ring told a House of Representative committee, according to U.S. News & World Report. Testifying before the committee, Ring, who is currently a criminal justice reform advocate, said, “I saw little to no rehabilitation in prison. There were few useful programs. The […]

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Trying to Help His Victim’s Family

By David B. Le A drunk driver is raising money for the family of the man he killed, KABC reported. Tyler Thompson, now 26, was driving drunk on the wrong side of Freeway 210 in Asuza when he killed 19-year-old Justin Romo in August 2014. Though Thompson initially pleaded not guilty, he later changed his […]

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California Top Officials’ Reveal Their Support for Ballot Measures

By David Le California’s top officials revealed their support for November ballot measures, the Sacramento Bee reported. Governor Jerry Brown approves of Proposition 57, which, among other things changes, parole rules for some nonviolent offenders and would help to alleviate overcrowding and “ensure that any release of rehabilitated inmates is consistent with public safety,” the […]

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Kamala Harris Supporting Limits on Juvenile Solitary Confinement

By David Le Attorney General Kamala Harris is supporting a Senate bill that would limit solitary confinement for juveniles, the Attorney General’s Office said. Calling the practice “unnecessary and punitive,” Harris said that solitary confinement hurts juveniles and prevents their ability to rehabilitate themselves. “Subjecting young people to prolonged periods of isolated confinement is cruel, […]

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Criminal Justice Experts Call for More Reform

By David B. Le Some criminal justice experts say major reforms have been adopted in America’s criminal justice system, but others say changes have been modest, according to The Crime Report. The report says it asked some key experts to assess the progress so far, and reactions were decidedly mixed. “One preliminary conclusion: ‘tweaking’ certain […]

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Cal State Fullerton Offers Programs to the Formerly Incarcerated

By David B. Lê California State University, Fullerton is expanding college opportunities for formerly incarcerated people by adopting Project Rebound, a program led by San Francisco State University, the CSUF News Center reported. “As an institution that embraces academic excellence and respects and supports diverse scholars and students from all backgrounds, California State University, Fullerton […]

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Federal Judge Criticized for Handing Out Lenient Sentence

By David B. Le A federal judge called for scrutiny of the effects of felony convictions, after he sentenced a woman in a felony drug case to probation rather than prison, reported The New York Times. Being a convicted felon, the collateral consequences were enough, Brooklyn, N.Y., Federal District Court Judge Frederic Block said. The […]

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Writer Advocates for More Crime Victims’ Resources

By David B. Le Journalism Guild Writer More resources should be allocated to help crime victims of color and their communities, Aswad Thomas wrote in the Sacramento Bee. “It’s nearly impossible to focus on healing and safety while trying to pay medical bills, handle inquiries from law enforcement and return to work,” Thomas said. “Services […]

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