Books Not Bars

OAKLAND, Calif. -- For Zachary Norris, the new executive director of the Ella Baker Center, a major turning point in his career came after his first arrest. Handcuffed during an act of civil disobedience protesting a new mega detention center in the area, Norris was taken to the nearby Santa Rita...
Additional reporting by Eli Chen, James Swift, Belany Contreras and Tonyisha Harris. In theory, National Night Out sounds a little strange — encourage thousands of residents, in cities nationwide to throw block parties and barbecues that will be attended by city law enforcement. In practice,...
Ella Baker Center Executive Director Zachary Norris joins Rose Aguilar on KALW's Your Call radio call in show to discuss how we can create true safety in our communities. After George Zimmerman, it's become more apparent than ever that we need to see our neighbors, not watch them. Zachary...
At probation camps and juvenile halls, where delinquent minors are often held, officials sometimes have no choice but to temporarily isolate disruptive juveniles for the safety of other youths and camp personnel. But as an hour turns into a day or more — and reports from some camps and halls...
In celebration of Black History Month, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and other community leaders hosted the 2nd Annual African American Organizations Making Connections “Strategies and Outcomes for Our Black Community” event on Saturday. This year Laney College hosted the...
Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 On Tuesday, September 11, Justice for Families and the DataCenter will release a new research report, Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice. This first-of-its kind analysis details how the juvenile...
Deep inside the state budget signed Wednesday night, lies a small clause that could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars — and save juveniles in the state's youth correctional system years of incarceration. Sumayyah Waheed of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights said juvenile...
Contact Media Relations Manager Abel Habtegeorgis (510) 910 - 2672 Dangerous Time Adds Provision No Longer Allowed in California Youth Prisons, Impacting 1,000 Youth After many years, guards at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will no longer be able to impose time adds on youths’...
Lawmakers should act on a bill to regulate the practice at California's juvenile detention facilities. Over the last 10 years, California's juvenile justice system has begun to emerge from the darkest of its dark days. In settling lawsuits, the state agreed to turn away from inhumane...
Contact - Media Relations Manager: Abel Habtegorgis (510) 910 - 2672 CAMARILLO, CA – Over 10,000 people joined a popular campaign on Change.org in partnership with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, demanding improved living conditions at a California youth prison. As a result, the...