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Behind Governor's Plan to Close State's Juvenile Justice System

by Trey Bundy
Jan 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.

Brown proposes to shut down youth prison system

by Nannette Miranda
Jan 09, 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.

Gov. Brown proposes shutting juvenile prison system (again)

by Rina Palta
Jan 09, 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.

California nears 'First to Close Youth Prisons' title

by Deborah Dupre
Jan 07, 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.

Gov. Jerry Brown calls for a historic shuttering of the state's notorious youth prison system

by Karen de Sá
Jan 06, 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.

Opinion: Comparing the Occupy and civil rights movements

by Tionna Jenkins
Dec 16, 2011


Amidst all the rhetoric surrounding the Occupy movement, the spirit of perseverance shared by many people, uniting around a goal of making change happen, persists.

Alameda County realignment plan 'ambitious' but moving in the right direction

by Angela Woodall
Dec 11, 2011


"This is a huge opportunity to take advantage of the many services and organizations in Alameda County," said Sumayyah Waheed, of the Ella Baker Center.

Jakada Imani on the Ella Baker Center, his port commission bid, and fighting for Oakland

by Amna Hassan
Dec 10, 2011


“He is an incredible bridge-builder,” Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, the Executive Director of Oakland Rising, an organization that works on social justice issues, with which Imani was also involved.

SFPD's Ugly History with Pepper Spray

by Beth Winegarner
Nov 30, 2011


"You're quicker to use things like that because you're told that this is not lethal, when in all actuality, your haste in using them can prove to be deadly," Habtegeorgis said. "If police are going to have these weapons that can be deadly, they should use the same precaution they would use for a gun."

Social Justice Groups Engage Occupy Movement

by Ambika Kandasamy
Nov 10, 2011


"Movements are bigger than organizations, and they are bigger than individuals,” said Jakada Imani."


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