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Jan 24, 2011


Sumayyah Waheed, Director of our Books Not Bars Campaign, discusses funding for California's youth prisons.

Whither Young Offenders? The Debate Has Begun

by Trey Bundy
Jan 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.

Budget cuts could send young offenders to adult prisons

by David Gross and Michael Montgomery
Jan 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.

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

by Karen de Sá
Jan 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...

Urban communities aid green issues

by Brenda Payton
Jan 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.

Oakland mayor's low profile obscures achievements

by Lee Romney
Jan 02, 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.

Oakland's Mayor-elect Jean Quan rolls up her sleeves, prepares for new position

by Jennifer Inez Ward
Dec 20, 2010


Now that the glow from her mayoral election win has faded, Jean Quan is getting down to business. And that means tackling Oakland's biggest problem - its finances.

Oakland plans to become an environmental leader

by Dara Kerr
Dec 14, 2010


One of the City of Oakland's goals is to become a model green city, according to its sustainability program. For the past year and a half, the city has been hashing out an Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) to identify and prioritize what it can do to lower its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy use.

Alameda County gets new chief probation officer

by By Paul T. Rosynsky
Dec 14, 2010


David Muhammad knows what propels many of the city's youth to turn to crime. He's a self-admitted former "street thug" who sold drugs, witnessed violent crimes and once was arrested -- but never charged -- for attempted murder. He was named Tuesday as Alameda County's new chief probation officer.

Alyson Huber fights Preston youth prison closure

by Marisa Lagos
Dec 10, 2010


A plan to shut down one of the state's few remaining juvenile justice facilities to save tens of millions of dollars a year is running into opposition in Sacramento.


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