California’s first Latino AG leads fight against presidential policies

By David Eugene Archer Sr. California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Congressman Xavier Becerra to be the new California attorney general, reported The Guardian. Becerra is leading the state’s court battles with President Donald Trump over climate change, immigration and more, the newspaper story reported. Becerra is a 24-year veteran of Congress. He graduated from […]

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Over $180 billion a year spent on mass incarceration

Half the money spent on running the correctional system goes to pay staff By Charles David Henry The system of mass incarceration costs the government and families at least $182 billion every year, according to a report by the Prison Policy Institute. “Our goal with this report is to give a hint as to how […]

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Trump’s victory means private prison growth

By Salvador Solorio Donald Trump’s presidential victory has breathed new life into the for-profit prison industry. After the Department of Justice announced phasing out privately run jails in August, shares in CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and GEO Group dropped, but the day after the election CoreCivic traded as much as […]

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President’s deportation policy could increase prison population

America’s prison population is likely to rise for the first time in nearly a decade if President Donald Trump keeps his promise to detain and deport millions of immigrants, The Associated Press reports. Such a policy would benefit private for-profit prison companies, the story added. After Trump commented on immigrantion policies, their stock prices jumped, […]

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Mayors and police chiefs push back against deportation policies

By John Lam Mayors and police chiefs are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s proposed deportation policies. “I don’t intend on doing anything different,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. […]

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Father and son bond over experiences of San Quentin

By Marcus Henderson Anthony Ammons Sr. and Jr. not only share the same name. They also share the experience of being prisoners in San Quentin State Prison. One in eight African American children has an incarcerated parent. In addition, before the age of 18, one in 10 children who has an incarcerated parent will be […]

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Letters To The Editor

Editor: The January 2017 book review of Hannah Arendt’s book regarding Adolf Eichmann was going well until the senior editor began spouting off about the president of the United States of America. This leads us to believe that the senior editor is a member of the third and unofficial national political party, “The Mediacratic Party.” […]

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Prisons trying to help fathers re-establish relationships

By Harry C. Goodall Jr. There are 24 million children in America, and one out of three lives without their biological father in the home, the U.S. Census Bureau calculated. When the father is absent it can lead to the following: behavioral problems, abuse and neglect, infant mortality, substance abuse, dropping out of high school, […]

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Youth Offender Program gains traction at San Quentin

By John Lam Youth Offender Program (YOP) inmates between the ages of 18 and 23 are embracing a program specially created for them at San Quentin. “We started a support group specifically for YOPs originally with three guys, and in three months the attendance exploded. The YOPs have been recruiting and are spreading the word […]

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They Call Us Monsters sheds light on juvenile reform

Aiming to de-stigmatize California’s incarcerated juveniles, a documentary entitled They Call Us Monsters sheds light on the lives of those incarcerated and the state’s legislative debate over juvenile sentencing reform.    “Juan Gamez, Antonio Hernandez and Jara Nava are the youthful offenders at the heart of…a new documentary that follows their lives in a Los […]

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