All Articles: Criminal Justice

Is solitary confinement for juveniles on the way out in California?

By John Lam The use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities in the state of California may be coming to an end. Recent reforms of practices in juvenile detention facilities represent a growing consensus that the use of solitary confinement is harmful for children, said California Democratic State Sen. Mark Leno, who is sponsoring a […]

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…campaign seeks to extend the ban

By David Le A campaign is underway to end solitary confinement for youth in juvenile and adult facilities across the United States. The campaign was launched in April by a number of national groups, including the Center for Children’s Law and Policy. The new partnership is called Stop Solitary for Kids. Leading the campaign is […]

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Exploring the rabbit hole that led them to violence

On a hazy mid-April weekend, 15 men gathered in an old prison yard bungalow at San Quentin to think about why they killed—why they robbed—why they ended up here. Most of them are serving life sentences, locked up for decades. They came to this writing workshop, called The Rabbit Hole, to explain who they were […]

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It’s harder for Black women to be understood as victims

By Marcus Henderson Black women are more likely to be criminalized for defending themselves, according to a Rewire story. “It’s really hard for people to accept Black women as victimized,” said Lenina Trinidad, an attorney who has represented abuse survivors, in an interview with Rewire. “In my experience in the criminal court system, Black women […]

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D.C. tries new program to fight crime

By John Lam The Washington D.C., City Council has taken steps to approve an innovative new program called Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR), to combat violent crimes through diversion programs that provide potential offenders with public services. “The NEAR Act would create two new D.C. government offices. The first would be the Office of Neighborhood […]

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Four states lead U.S. prison population shrinkage

By Charles David Henry Prison populations have been steadily declining as a result of criminal justice strategic reforms. This spectrum of change has been most notable in several states such as New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and California. America still continues to maintain its distinction as the world leader in its use of incarceration. […]

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S.F. work group seeks alternatives to building a big new city jail

By Lee Jaspar The No New SF Jail Coalition (NNSFJC) is seeking alternatives to the construction of a new jail in San Francisco. In an effort to reduce the city’s jail population, the board of supervisors created the Work Group to Re-envision the Jail Replacement Project. The work group includes supervisors London Breed and Jane […]

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Racial disparities persist when Black judges’ rulings are appealed

By Charles David Henry Racial disparities appear to persist in the American legal system, despite the attempts to make the judiciary more reflective of the general population, a Harvard study reports. The 2015 study examined how higher-court judges evaluated opinions written by approximately 1,500 federal district minority judges between 2000 and 2012. The study shows […]

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Jailing of mentally ill is a growing problem in California

By Tommy Bryant              Locking up the mentally ill in jails and prisons is a growing problem in California, a Los Angeles Times story reports. About 37 percent of the state’s inmates are mentally ill, said a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The spokesman noted that […]

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California’s crime rate up after two-year decrease

By Charles David Henry After two years of decreases, the murder rate in California rose from 4.4 to 4.8 per 100,000 in 2015. There were 1,861 homicides in a year. This number represents a 9.7 percent increase from the 1,697 homicides in 2014. This still is a 25.1 percent decrease from 2,483 reported in 2006, […]

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