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BART police shifts strategy to focus on more community policing

BART police are adopting a more community-oriented law enforcement strategy, designed to increase officer accountability and help identify systemic crime problems. The department has shifted its coverage zones to ensure that officers become more familiar with the beats they cover, Deputy Chief of... Read More

[Spanish] Hay más cárceles para menos jóvenes presos

SACRAMENTO, California .— Pese a que los crímenes juveniles han ido en constante descenso, y por consecuencia el número de jóvenes encarcelados ha caído dramáticamente en el estado, los condados han invertido en los últimos 15 años, casi 500... Read More

Update: Calif. budget crunchers hear youth-prison closure debate

Players in the fight to shut down — or keep open — the last of California’s state-run youth prisons are meeting this week where the action is: Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance, where the nitty-gritty of state budgeting gets done. Struggling with the costs of... Read More

The Interrupters Screens at Oakland Museum Tonight

Looking for a productive way to spend your Thursday? We recommend this evening's screening of The Interrupters, Steve James' multi-award-winning documentary about Ceasefire, a gang intervention group in Chicago whose members mostly came up in gangs themselves. James, who also directed the 1994... Read More

[Spanish] Denuncia de recluso ocasiona gran revuelo

Miles responden a carta sobre presuntos abusos en correccional Cerca de 10,500 personas han apoyado la carta que escribió el recluso Lino Silva de la correccional de Ventura y que se publicó el 30 de enero de 2012, en la cual denuncia abusos e irregularidades en sus instalaciones. La... Read More