2011-01

Read the latest coverage of our work in the media, as well as the opinion pieces written by our team. To interview anyone on our staff, please contact Zaineb Mohammed: zaineb@ellabakercenter.org, 510-285-8236. 

Brown's Countdown, Day 21: Governor wants all juvenile offenders in county custody

Government reformers and youth advocates have long called for the state to get out of the business of juvenile corrections. Now they're backing Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate the state Division of Juvenile Justice and give counties responsibility for the state's most serious young... Read More

Oakland Grapples With Depleted Force

OAKLAND-The Oakland Police Department is down to 650 officers from 800 a year ago. With the cutbacks, the department says it is struggling to maintain law and order in high-crime neighborhoods like East Oakland. A year ago, about eight officers patrolled the area near the eastern border of the city... Read More

The Morning Mix

Sumayyah Waheed, Director of our Books Not Bars Campaign, discusses funding for California's youth prisons. Discussion begins 18:00 minutes into the show. The Morning Mix - January 24, 2011 at 8:00am Click to listen (or download ) Read More

Whither Young Offenders? The Debate Has Begun

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. Instead of... Read More

Budget cuts could send young offenders to adult prisons

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. Brown's plan to close the Division... Read More

Brown calls for elimination of youth prison system and shifting of state prisoners to county jails

The budget Gov. Jerry Brown presented this week calls for the most sweeping criminal justice overhaul in state history -- the elimination of the youth prison system and an end to prison terms for thousands of low-risk adult convicts who, going forward, would be housed in county-run jails instead of... Read More

Urban communities aid green issues

"We know there will be something important on the ballot related to the environment. We want to get people to vote who are the most impacted and haven't voted historically," said Ian Kim, campaign manager for Communities United against Proposition 23, now Communities United for Clean Energy and... Read More

Oakland mayor's low profile obscures achievements

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.Reporting from Oakland - Mayor Ron Dellums spent his childhood in West Oakland... Read More