Author Archives: Salvador Solorio

Feds ask governors to issue ID cards to newly released

By Salvador Solorio Every year many of the 600,000 people released from federal and state prisons are without government-issued ID cards. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked all state governors to provide state-issued IDs for newly released federal inmates reported the Atlantic magazine. The Department of Justice cannot legally require states to do so, but it […]

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Hunger Strikes Erupt in Immigration-Detention Facilities

By Salvador Solorio Hunger strikes erupted in fall 2015 at a number of for-profit immigration detention facilities, protesting long detentions, inadequate health care, staff abuses and living conditions. The protests included facilities in California, Texas and Louisiana. More than 300 men stopped eating meals at the Adelanto detention center in California, reported the Los Angeles […]

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Antipsychotic Drugs Used on Juveniles In Pennsylvania

Youthful offenders in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system are being managed by use of powerful antipsychotic medications, an independent news group reports. The kids spend months in mostly private-run correctional facilities receiving mood-altering psychiatric medications “at strikingly high rates, particularly antipsychotic drugs that expose them to significant health risks,” wrote Halle Stockton of PublicSource. The […]

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Connecticut Governor Opts For ‘Second-Chance Society’

By Salvador Solorio Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state’s juvenile justice system has been transformed and it’s time for the nation to return to its roots as a “second chance society.” “If you’re not a Native American, or your people were not brought here in slavery, everyone came here for a second chance, […]

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Americans’ Concern About Crime at 15 Year High

By Salvador Solorio Journalism Guild Writer Americans are now more concerned about crime and violence than at any other time in the last 15 years. Gallup conducted a survey in March throughout all 50 states and found 53 percent of U.S. adults worry “a great deal” about crime and violence. Previously, crime and violence (as […]

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Free Learning Software For JPay Tablets

By Salvador Solorio Journalism Guild Writer JPay is now offering free learning software for owners of JPay tablets. Learning Equality can be accessed by JPay’s KA Lite, an open source offline software pipeline to correctional facilities. San Quentin inmates currently can buy tablets that allow them to read books and play games, but cannot access […]

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Obama Calls for $1.1 Billion to Help Combat Drug Addictions

By Salvador Solorio Journalism Guild Writer President Obama is calling for $1.1 billion in new federal funding to combat growing heroin and prescription painkiller abuse problems. Obama’s 2017 budget proposal will include $1 billion mandatory funding over two years to make addiction treatments more affordable, mcclatchydc.com reported Feb. 7. Some $920 million would fund cooperative […]

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Pope Francis Responds to Juvenile’s Request for Forgiveness

By Salvador Solorio Journalism Guild Writer Pope Francis recently replied to a letter from a juvenile in the Los Angeles County Jail. “Know that the Holy Father is thinking of you and praying for you,” the Pope wrote to Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr., convicted of voluntary manslaughter at age 16. In his letter Vazquez said […]

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Brown’s 309 Judicial Appointees in Five Years

By Salvador Solorio Journalism Guild Writer Many of the judges Gov. Jerry Brown appointed in the past five years have a public defender background, according to KQED’s The California Report. “Observers said the sizeable number of public defender appointments is a big shift from Brown’s predecessors, who largely appointed prosecutors,” noted the report. “Since taking […]

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Sacramento Judge and CCPOA President Visit SQ

By Salvador Solorio Journalism Guild Writer A judge and peace officer leader, who visited San Quentin recently, said they want to support reforms in the criminal justice system. They visited the Comparative Religion class at San Quentin to observe up close one of the prison’s more than 70 rehabilitation, educational and vocational programs. “You guys […]

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