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Drummond: Time to fix California's whack crack laws

Oakland Tribune
by Tammerlin Drummond
Aug 13, 2014


Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is one of the co-sponsors of the California Fair Sentencing Act, which the Legislative Analyst's Office says would save millions of dollars.

"It's really modest in terms of what it's trying to achieve," says Jennifer Kim, state policy and field director for the Ella Baker Center. "It just doesn't make any sense to treat a drug that has two different names differently just because of who is using it."

Too young for solitary

by LA Times Editorial Board
May 12, 2013


The LA Times Editorial Board reiterates its support for ending solitary confinement for young people and calls for the California legislature to pass SB 61 to regulate and document solitary confinement for youth in California.

A solitary confinement solution

by Editorial
Apr 23, 2012


This Los Angeles Times editorial shows strong support for our bill (SB 1363) that would limit the use of solitary confinement in California's youth prisons.

Your Turn: A simple solution to serious problem prison overcrowding

Contra Costa Times
by Theshia Naidoo, Alice Huffman, Jakada Imani and Allen Hopper
Mar 10, 2012


A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different outcome. California has been doing the same thing with drug users for decades, while wasting billions of dollars and wrecking lives in the process.

Private Prisons Profit From Pain

by Jakada Imani
Feb 23, 2012


I've been working on issues of police accountability, locked-up youth, violence, and community investment for a long time. Sometimes I think that no example of injustice could still surprise me. I was recently proved wrong.

An Opportunity We Can't Afford To Miss

by Jakada Imani
Sep 02, 2011


In a sustainable, healthy economy, people shouldn't have to settle for grey jobs. Fortunately, Jerry Brown has a plan to fight unemployment and put more Californians to work fixing up houses and apartments to reduce energy consumption -- the renewal and reform of the Public Goods Charge.

Maria Sanchez: Solitary confinement, beatings hurt my son in California Division of Juvenile Justice

by Maria Sanchez
Aug 22, 2011


Before my son got locked up, he was healthy. Being locked up for more than 21 hours and sometimes more than 23 hours a day made my son sick. He is physically deteriorating. His speech is slower and he seems distant now.


by Joaquin DiazDeLeon
Aug 09, 2011


Joaquin DiazDeLeon says what happened to him in the youth prison system shouldn't happen to anyone.

Solutions to violence: Part 1

by Jakada Imani
Jun 15, 2011


It’s been a violent year in Oakland so far – both homicides and shootings are up about a third over last year’s numbers. And, throughout the year, various editorials have called for different solutions to the uptick in violence.

Contra Costa Times Readers' Forum: Sentencing reform needed in wake of Supreme Court ruling

by Theshia Naidoo, Allen Hopper and Kris Lev-Twombley
Jun 10, 2011


HE U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a federal court order requiring California to reduce its prison population by approximately 33,000 within two years.


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