Author Archives: James R. Abernathy Jr.

Business owner shares his knowledge and energy at DVI

By J.R. Abernathy Three days a week, you will usually find volunteer and business owner Scott Bohlmann devoting his valuable time, knowledge and positive energy to inmates at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy, Calif. “Prison is my sanctuary,” said Bohlmann, 54, explaining why he volunteers his time to teach three different classes to inmates […]

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Rand Paul Attacks Bill Clinton’s Prison Policies

By James R. Abernathy Jr. Journalism Guild Writer Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has attacked former President Bill Clinton for incarcerating large numbers of Black men. “I’ll ask Hillary Clinton, ‘What have you done for criminal justice?’ Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of Black men in prison.” Paul said […]

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‘Education Is Essential for Jailed Juveniles’

James R. Abernathy Jr. Journalism Guild Writer Incarcerated juvenile offenders are in great need of high-quality education, a federal report says. “Providing youths with quality educational services during incarceration is essential to keeping them engaged in their education and focused on their futures,” reported the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the U.S. Department of […]

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Confronting Death Row’s Full Capacity

By James R. Abernathy Jr. ‘If expansion is delayed, San Quentin would not have beds to accommodate the condemned’ Death Row inmate housing at San Quentin State Prison has reached near full capacity. California Gov. Jerry Brown had requested $3.2 million in special funding from legislators to expand Death Row by 97 cells, reported the […]

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Nebraska Prison Offers Construction Certification Program

By James R. Abernathy Jr. A prison program in Nebraska provides inmates with construction training and preapprenticeship certification. The Nebraska prison system offers the program, which is run by Prairie Gold Homes Inc., a nonprofit organization that teaches inmates how to build houses. “The 10-week course puts inmates in a classroom for about five weeks […]

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Prisoner Denied Parole Because of Facebook Picture

By James R. Abernathy Jr. Journalism Guild Writer After California prison officials discovered that San Quentin inmate Kimani Randall’s Facebook profile was created by a contraband cell phone, the California parole board took away his 2014 parole grant, according to the inmate’s official transcript of a subsequent hearing. “My Facebook profile was created by a […]

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“The Cuff ‘Em and Feed ‘Em Mentality Has to Change”

By James R. Abernathy Jr. Journalism Guild Writer California’s prison system is working to increase vocational, educational and rehabilitative services to inmates, but it is a long-range and difficult job, two top officials say. “We have big cultural changes to make as a community. People need to realize that today’s inmate is tomorrow’s neighbor, and […]

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Lethal Weapon Star Hits the Yard

By J.R. Abernathy Jr. Journalism Guild Writer You weren’t seeing things. That really was the actor from the “Lethal Weapon” movies crossing the yard at San Quentin. Veteran actor Danny Glover was the latest celebrity guest to visit the state’s oldest prison. On June 8, 2015, Glover walked into the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) […]

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Study Urges Prisons to Improve Visitations to Cut Recidivism

By James R. Abernathy Jr. Journalism Guild Writer Prisons should take steps to improve inmate visitation, which significantly reduces recidivism, a university study concludes. “Revising visitation policies to make them more ‘visitor friendly’ may represent a relatively low cost, potentially high benefit measure that correctional systems could take to help ease the burden of prison […]

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37 Former Inmates Graduate From New State Drug Program

By James R. Abernathy Jr. Journalism Guild Writer Thirty-seven former inmates celebrated a new phase in their lives with their recent graduation from a new state program for high-risk drug offenders. “You’ve all made mistakes; that doesn’t mean you’re a mistake,” Chris Hansen, Solano County probation chief, told the graduates at a January ceremony, according […]

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