All Articles: Legal

Court Ruling Bars SHU Inmates from Good-Time Credits

By Thomas Gardner The Supreme Court recently decided that validated prison-gang members do not have a right to earn good-time credits when serving time in the SHU (Security Housing Unit). The ruling upholds a California law enacted in 2010 that added gang membership to a list of violations and infractions that disqualify SHU inmates from […]

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California Revamps Penal System After Decades

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Journalism Guild Writer California is radically revamping its prison system in response to a national movement to reduce mass incarceration. After decades of being tough on crime, the state is shifting to an emphasis on crime prevention and criminal rehabilitation, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The state was forced to […]

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Kansas Passes Legislation To Counter Recidivism

By Miguel Sifuentes A nearly unanimous vote in February by the Kansas Senate passed legislation shifting the focus of the state’s juvenile justice system to reduce incarceration of low-risk offenders. The bill shifts millions of dollars into community-based programs to counter recidivism by funding education and treatment. The bill was advanced by Senator Greg Smith (R-Kansas). […]

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California Bail System Penalizes the Poor

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer The bail system that unfairly keeps poor people locked up needs reform, according to California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.   “We must not penalize the poor for being poor,” Cantil-Sakauye said in her annual State of the Judiciary address to the California Legislature. This follows the dismissal of a […]

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Voting Rights a Major Issue For Upcoming Election

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer Voting rights in 2016 will once again become a major issue among eligible voters in 16 states as laws are passed to make voting more difficult. An interview conducted by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, with Ari Berman, a journalist for The Nation, revealed the year 2016 will […]

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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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Exonerated After 34 Years With No Compensation

By Noel Scott Journalism Guild Writer After 34 years of imprisonment, Lewis Jim Fogle was exonerated in Pennsylvania by DNA evidence. His compensation for spending more than half his life behind bars: zero. “It’s the state’s responsibility to make it right with me for what they cost me. They took my family away from me. […]

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Court Allow Brown’s Initiative on Next General Election Ballot

By Forrest Jones Journalism Guild Writer The California Supreme Court ruled, on June 6, that Gov. Jerry Brown may present his prison reduction initiative to California voters this November. The high court reviewed whether the governor’s 11th hour amendment to the initiative dramatically changed the original initiative to the point that proponents should be required […]

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New Senate Bills to Help Juvenile Youth Offenders

By Emile DeWeaver Staff Writer This year juvenile and criminal justice advocates renewed their focus on California legislation that will introduce more evidenced-based policies into criminal justice. According to the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), these evidence-based policies are designed to decrease incarceration and increase rehabilitation. This month Kid CAT Speaks highlights two […]

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San Francisco Sheriff Responds To Federal Immigration Policy

By David Eugene Archer Sr. Journalism Guild Writer San Francisco’s newly elected sheriff says there are open enforcement questions about a new policy that gives federal immigration officials instead of local agencies priority over inmates wanted for deportation. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy said she awaits details on how the policy will be enforced, The Associated Press […]

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