Author Archives: Forrest Lee Jones

Schools using Restorative Justice practices as a remedy to prison

By Forrest Lee Jones American schools and criminal justice systems are using Restorative Justice (RJ) more and more as a remedy to keep people from going to prison, reports Rebecca Beitsch of Pew Charitable Trusts. Restorative Justice is a practice that originated in ancient cultures. Schools and courts are using it as an alternative to […]

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CDCR allocates more than $14 million to boost rehab programs

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has awarded funding for more rehabilitation programs, reports Nuala Sawyer of the San Francisco Examiner. The department has allocated $14.5 million to boost innovative programs and increase volunteerism in prisons. Now in its third funding cycle, the Innovative Grants Program will establish 43 programs at 20 adult institutions. The […]

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Criminal justice advocates seeking bail system reform

By Forrest Lee Jones Criminal justice advocates are seeking to reform the California bail system reports online journalist Steven Greenhaut. Opponents say the system forces poor people to plea bargain their cases to avoid spending months in jail and a slow judicial process but allows wealthy defendants to be free pending trial. Greenhaut reported last […]

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President’s nominee for attorney general draws controversy

By Forrest Lee Jones President Donald Trump’s controversial nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) for United States Attorney General (AG) is expected to be approved by Congress despite liberal opposition, according to Josh Gerstein of Politico. Trump team representative Jason Miller believes Sessions will be confirmed. “Senator Sessions is someone who is universally respected across […]

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El ‘Proyect Rebound’ ayuda a ex-convictos a obtener educación universitaria

Por Forrest Lee Jones El programa Project Rebound (PR) con base en la Universidad San Francisco State, tiene una tasa de éxito impresionante, reportó Emily DeRuy del The Atlantic;y esta ayudando a ex-convictos a obtener educación universitaria. El programa fue iniciado en 1967 por un ex-convicto y un profesor de sociología llamado, John Irwin, comentó […]

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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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