January, 2011

Sacramento Bee
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Government reformers and youth advocates have long called for the state to get out of the business of juvenile corrections. > more
Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Police Officials Say Cutbacks Jeopardize Gains in Fighting Crime, While Some City Leaders Put Focus on Other Approaches. > more
KPFA
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sumayyah Waheed, Director of our Books Not Bars Campaign, discusses funding for California's youth prisons. > more
New York Times
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Joaquin E. DiazDeLeon, a former Fresno gang member [and current member of the Ella Baker Center's Families for Books Not Bars network - ED], spent two years inside California's juvenile prison system. What he found there, he said, was no better than the streets he came from. > more
California Watch
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to abolish the state youth prison system could save hundreds of millions of dollars and quicken the pace of reform at county facilities. But the changes could remove important barriers that keep some juvenile offenders out of adult prisons. > more
Mercury News
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The budget Gov. Jerry Brown presented calls for the most sweeping criminal justice overhaul in state history -- the elimination of the youth prison system... > more
Huffington Post
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Seven years ago, the Ella Baker Center's Books Not Bars Campaign started calling for closing California's youth prisons. People laughed in our faces. Literally. Even reformers who agreed in private, thought we were foolish to call for shuttering the largest set of youth prisons in the country.

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SF Chronicle
Monday, January 10, 2011
Kim and his cohorts are still riding high from the successful campaign to stop Proposition 23, which would have suspended California's Global Warming Solutions Act. > more
Monday, January 10, 2011

Seven Year Battle For DJJ Closure Hits Milestone With Governor’s Announcement

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Los Angeles Times
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Ron Dellums is credited with improving public safety, promoting green jobs and securing $200 million in stimulus funds. But his media problems and ambivalence about public life left him derided by many as a do-nothing. > more