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After months of rallying the community in the Jobs Not Jails campaign, organizers with the Ella Baker Center in Oakland and nearly 100 community members peacefully disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 3.> more
OAKLAND, Calif. - Tired of waiting after months of discussions with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, advocates of greater county spending to help formerly incarcerated people staged a peaceful disruption of the supervisors' Mar. 3 meeting to press their demands.> more
Senate Bill 124, introduced this spring by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), seeks to define and limit solitary confinement at state and county juvenile facilities in California, in keeping with efforts in several other states to curb its overuse and abuse.
Co-sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund—California along with Youth Justice Coalition, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the California Public Defenders Association, SB124 aims to reform current use of solitary confinement.> more
During our rally for a Jobs Not Jails budget at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 3rd, the Ella Baker Center disrupted business as usual and won some key victories.
Activists calling for increased public safety monies for community-based programs serving the formerly incarcerated on Tuesday shut down an Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, where Supervisor Keith Carson in response announced a proposal that would double the amount spent on such programs in fiscal year 2015-2016.> more
A new California bill (SB 124) introduced by California Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) in January 2015, and co-sponsored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, seeks to forbid the use of solitary confinement as punishment in juvenile facilities.
Last month, state Sen. Mark Leno introduced SB 124, legislation that would define solitary confinement in state and county juvenile-corrections facilities and establish standards for how it’s used.
Jennifer Kim, policy director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, helped write the legislation and says that nailing down the definition of what constitutes solitary confinement was an important component of the bill.> more
"I believe that there is a way to strike a balance between public interest in information while really respecting folks' rights as individuals who have not yet been convicted of anything," said Zachary Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which seeks to reduce the threat of incarceration facing communities of color.> more
Alameda County continues to invest heavily in jail cells while failing to put public safety funds toward critical social services for the formerly incarcerated.> more
State Sen. Mark Leno has just introduced a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement in California state and county juvenile correctional facilities.> more