Books Not Bars

Nearly 70 people gathered Sunday for a protest rally at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo. Chanting "Books not bars! Schools not jails!" those who attended came from across the state, hoping to bring attention to abuses they say are occurring within the facility. Jaime...
A civil-rights group will stage a protest Sunday in front of the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, alleging the facility and others like it are abusing their juvenile wards. "We need to call attention to these abuses," Abel Habtegeorgis, a spokesman for the Ella Baker...
For Immediate Release: 8/16/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org FAMILIES OF INCARCERATED YOUTH; FORMERLY INCARCERATED YOUTH AND CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATES SCHEDULE PROTEST AT ONE OF STATES LARGEST YOUTH PRISON FACILITIES To speak with...
Spending two years in the Division of Juvenile Justice, California's youth prison system, changed my life. I will never forget the violence and trauma I experienced. At 16, I was arrested for attempted burglary and spent two years in two state youth prisons, Preston and O.H. Close. At Preston,...
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to keep tens of thousands of low-level offenders in county jails instead of state prisons won't reduce the inmate population enough to fully comply with a federal court order, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said Friday. A report...
For Immediate Release: 6/30/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org WASHINGTON, DC – Ella Baker Center for Human Rights applauds the United States Sentencing Commission’s decision today to apply the Fair Sentencing Act...
Advocates Call for Permanent Cuts to Prisons Through Sentencing Reform Poll Finds That California Voters Believe “Too Many People in Prisons” and Support for Lessening Penalties for Drug Possession For Immediate Release: 6/28, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510...
Juvenile inmates at California correctional facilities have been held in isolation nearly 24 hours straight on hundreds of occasions this year, in violation of state regulations. An audit by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in March found multiple facilities operated by...