January, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s bill (D-San Francisco) to restore media access to prisoners, AB 1270, passed the California Assembly today. The bill would remove restrictions on pre-arranged in-person interviews with specific prison inmates. Since these restrictions went into effect in 1996, eight versions of the bill have been vetoed by three different governors.  

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The Center for Public Integrity: iWatch News
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

California, often a trendsetter, could make history if it approves Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid to close all state-run youth prisons and eliminate its state Division of Juvenile Justice.

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KALW
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The On Today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the economic realities of white, black and brown Americans. According to the Pew Research Survey, two out of three Americans now perceive strong social conflicts over the income gap — up sharply from two years ago.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012
The LA County Board of Supervisors is due to vote this month on approving Baca’s application. But groups like the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the Youth Justice Coalition, and Californians United for a Responsible Budget, are collecting signatures to petition the County Board of Supervisors to vote against the deal. > more
Bay Citizen
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
For the second time in one year, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed permanently closing the Division of Juvenile Justice, a move that would make California the first state in the nation to eliminate its youth prison system and shift responsibility for the most dangerous young offenders to counties. > more
ABC / KGO
Monday, January 9, 2012
California's youth prison system may soon cease to exist, ending a notorious legacy that included 23-hour cell confinements, using cages as punishment for misbehaving and staff beatings, sometimes caught on tape. > more
KALW
Monday, January 9, 2012
Almost a year after seemingly giving up on the idea, Governor Jerry Brown again announced that he’ll close the Division of Juvenile Justice, California’s youth prison system. > more
Examiner
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Families, youth, human rights groups hail Gov. Brown's aim to close youth prisons for brighter future with safer communities and more peaceful families. > more
Mercury News
Friday, January 6, 2012
[Families for Books Not Bars member], Marie Sanchez said the state prison experience has battered her son. In visits, he has limped, sported a black eye and showed her bruises on his ribs, she said. > more
Friday, January 6, 2012

Today, Governor Brown proposed to close the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) youth prisons. Brown’s 2012-2013 budget proposes that the DJJ stop taking youth beginning in 2013, eventually eliminating the state’s three remaining youth prisons.

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