At first it fed on picket signs and raw emotion. But now Books Not Bars has added lobbyists and legislation to its diet in a fight to take down California's highly criticized youth prisons.
In its first six years, the grass-roots organization has matured into a reckoning force, drawn from its home base in Oakland to protest violence and poor conditions inside youth prisons such as N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility near Stockton. > more