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

by Susan Ferriss
Feb 09, 2012


Complaints by both a current ward at Ventura and the Ella Baker Human Rights Center in San Francisco include charges of overuse of solitary confinement — a previously documented practice — filthy showers, toilets that overflow and leak and air vents that smell like sewage.

[Spanish] Denuncia de recluso ocasiona gran revuelo

by Mayra Azanza
Feb 06, 2012


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.

Fight brewing over historic California plan to close last three youth prisons

by Susan Ferriss
Jan 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.

Today on Your Call: The Dream vs. The Gap

by Matt Martin
Jan 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.

Activists Oppose LA County Jail Expansion, Call for Release of Prisoners Instead of More Prisons

Jan 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.

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.


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