Author Archives: Wayne Boatwright

Higher age, fewer write-ups boost parole chances

By Wayne Boatwright Recent legal and regulatory changes have vastly improved the likelihood of an inmate being granted parole. During the past decades of California’s “tough on crime” era it seemed like a soccer game. No one ever seemed to score a parole grant. It was not just the parole board “referees” calling it close. […]

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Study explores how lifers get better deal from parole boards

By Wayne Boatwright For decades, lifers were rarely found suitable for parole. Now more than 20 percent are being paroled. Why? Thanks to changes at the legal, executive, as well as an initiative petition and administrative levels. Many more prisoners will now have access to parole because of the passage of Proposition 57 in November […]

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Tasty graduation for the first class of SQ chefs

By Wayne Boatwright The inaugural graduating class of “The Quentin Cooks” prepared a five-course feast as a worthy finish to the new Culinary Arts Program, a 12-week course on basic culinary knowledge and skills. The course provides practical training from instructors with real-world experience and the chance to earn a ServSafe certification, which is required […]

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H-Unit VOEG graduates prepare for survivor panel

By Wayne Boatwright “If you want to change the path of your life, go to VOEG,” said Kevin Thompson, a recent graduate of the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) from H-Unit. VOEG is one of a myriad of volunteer-organized rehabilitation programs at California’s San Quentin State Prison.  It meets once a week for two hours […]

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Officers Being Rewarded For Showing Restraint

By Wayne Boatwright More local police departments reward officers for showing restraint in the line of duty, reports Errin Haines Whack for The Associated Press. Following the Justice Department’s recommendation to institute de-escalation tactics after a 2013 increase in police shootings, Philadelphia has honored more than 40 police officers since December 2015 for defusing conflicts […]

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New Tool Released for Analyzing Criminal Justice Policy

By Wayne Boatwright Incarceration rates are not the entire story of the criminal justice system. For reformers seeking to rationalize our criminal justice policies, the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) has created a significant new tool for analyzing the complicated issue of developing proposals for reform. PPI’s “Correctional Control: Incarceration and Supervision by State” issued on […]

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Restaurant Manager Offers Employment To the Formerly Incarcerated

By Wayne Boatwright San Francisco’s hottest restaurant has a general manager who believes it is smart business to hire the formerly incarcerated.Opened in September 2015, Cala with its Mexico City star-chef Gabriela Camara is San Francisco’s most talked-about 2016 restaurant, according to Daniel Smith of www.bayarea.com. The Atlantic magazine named Cala the poster child of a […]

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Battle Brewing Over Prop. 47 Savings Allocation

By Wayne Boatwright There is a battle brewing over who will have a say on how Proposition 47 savings from the recent reduction in criminal penalties will be allocated. The Board of State and Community Corrections determines how to allocate nearly two-thirds of projected Prop. 47 savings (estimated to be $29 million in the 2016-17 budget.) […]

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Voter Initiatives Monetize the Petition Process

By Wayne Boatwright Journalism Guild Writer This presidential year has inspired many potential voter initiatives and further monetizes the petition process. In theory, a petition to place an initiative on the ballot is a form of direct democracy, allowing voters to circumvent the legislature to pass a new law. On an average election cycle, five […]

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Overcrowding in County Jails Changes Bail Practices

By Wayne Boatwright Journalism Guild Writer Overcrowding in county jails has California reviewing its bail practices. California’s bail practices have clogged the jails and become a tool that preemptively punishes the poor. Many individuals who pose no threat to society are jailed while awaiting trial. Realignment shifted many state prisoners to county jails. Like a […]

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