Books Not Bars

After Cici C.'s son spent three months in solitary confinement at Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall in Martinez, the seventeen-year-old suffered a severe mental breakdown. "When my son was hospitalized, I did not know that Juvenile Hall had transferred him ... until a nurse from [Contra...
At probation camps and juvenile halls, where delinquent minors are often held, officials sometimes have no choice but to temporarily isolate disruptive juveniles for the safety of other youths and camp personnel. But as an hour turns into a day or more — and reports from some camps and halls...
Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Dangerous Time Adds Provision No Longer Allowed in California Youth Prisons, Impacting 1,000 Youth After many years, guards at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will no longer be able to impose time adds on youths’...
Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is disappointed with the State Senate’s failure to pass common-sense drug reform on May 31, 2012. Senator Mark Leno’s historic bill to make felony drug possession a misdemeanor, co-...
Senate Bill 1506 will be voted upon in state senate before the end of the month Voters overwhelmingly believe that California’s prisons and jails are overcrowded and want more alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders, according to new poll released today. Support for the shift...
Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Prisons Spared While Higher Education and Health Services Suffer Further Cuts (Oakland, CA) Despite ongoing failures and shocking abuse , the Governor once again backed down on his budget proposal to close California’s state...
Lawmakers should act on a bill to regulate the practice at California's juvenile detention facilities. Over the last 10 years, California's juvenile justice system has begun to emerge from the darkest of its dark days. In settling lawsuits, the state agreed to turn away from inhumane...
In the coming months the state of California will see much of its juvenile state prison responsibilities handed down to counties. It's all part of a reform effort spearheaded by Governor Jerry Brown called "realignment." Turnstyle sat down with Sumayyah Waheed—the director of...
For Immediate Release: 2/27/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Oakland, CA) – Civil rights activists responded favorably today to the introduction of legislation in California that would make the maximum penalty for possession...
Human Rights Advocates, Elected Officials declare that Solitary confinement increases rates of recidivism, mental illness and suicide For Immediate Release: 2/24/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – On 2/24/12,...