Author Archives: Forrest Lee Jones

Project Rebound helps formerly incarcerated gain an education

By Forrest Lee Jones A popular program is helping formerly incarcerated inmates obtain a college education. The program called Project Rebound (PR) is based at San Francisco State University. It has a dramatically impressive success rate, reports Emily DeRuy of The Atlantic. It was started in 1967 by a formerly incarcerated inmate and professor of […]

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Centinela helps incarcerated veterans with ‘The Fight Club’

By Forrest Lee Jones The Fight Club, a Biblically-based program designed to help veterans suffering from PTSD and other psychiatric disorders, came to Centinela State Prison in June. The goal of the program is to see how it can impact prisoner reform, Wayne Hughes wrote in an op-ed for the OC Register. The Fight Club’s […]

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Gov. Brown signs tougher bills on sexual assault

By Forrest Lee Jones After much controversy over the sexual assault of a female student named Emily Doe at Stanford University by not her classmate, Brock Turner, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills to increase the punishment for such offenses, reports Jazmine Ulloa of the Los Angeles Times. Assembly Bills 701 and 2888 were […]

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Clinton Opposes Death Penalty…With an Exception

By Forrest Lee Jones The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are holding slightly different positions on abolishing the death penalty as this country heads into the presidential election. Shortly after the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia abolishing the death penalty, the Democratic Party incorporated into its platform a decision to do […]

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Hunger Strike Aims to Improve Conditions In Re-entry Homes

By Forrest Lee Jones A former guard who worked at an Ocean View re-entry facility (one of two San Diego halfway homes operated by Corrections Corporation of America), is leading a hunger strike to protest the deplorable conditions in those homes, reported Madison Pauly in Mother Jones magazine. Both halfway houses were purchased for $36 […]

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More Than 70 Million Americans Can Expunge Their Records

By Forrest Lee Jones More than 70 million Americans have criminal records and many of them could have their pasts expunged, the Pew Charitable Trusts reports. Research showed 23,386 people convicted of a crime could apply to have the record obliterated, according to Matthew Stubenberg, a Maryland lawyer and software programmer. Stubenberg’s research further discovered […]

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‘Ban the Box’ Might Have Unintended Consequences

By Forrest Lee Jones A recent study shows two-thirds of former inmates are rearrested and re-convicted within three years of their release from prison, reports Kate Irby for McClatchy. A staggering 60 to 75 percent are not employed a year after their release. People who can’t earn money often use illegal means to survive. Moreover, […]

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Court Allow Brown’s Initiative on Next General Election Ballot

By Forrest Jones Journalism Guild Writer The California Supreme Court ruled, on June 6, that Gov. Jerry Brown may present his prison reduction initiative to California voters this November. The high court reviewed whether the governor’s 11th hour amendment to the initiative dramatically changed the original initiative to the point that proponents should be required […]

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Woman Receives Certificate Of Rehabilitation from Judge

By Forrest Lee Jones Journalism Guild Writer A U.S. district judge issued a “certificate of rehabilitation” to a woman he had sentenced over a decade ago, according to a report by the Collateral Consequences Resource Center. In his final tenure on the bench, U.S. District Judge John Gleeson offered a ruling that set a new […]

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SQ’s Chapel Services Provide Positive Impact

By Forrest Lee Jones Journalism Guild Writer Religion behind bars can have a major positive impact on prisoners turning their lives around, a university researcher reports. “There is a humanity that I think the prison church embodies that is extraordinary,” said Jason Sexton in an interview with the Orange County Register. Sexton is a University […]

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