Books Not Bars

For Immediate Release: 8/16/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org FAMILIES OF INCARCERATED YOUTH; FORMERLY INCARCERATED YOUTH AND CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATES SCHEDULE PROTEST AT ONE OF STATES LARGEST YOUTH PRISON FACILITIES To speak with...
Spending two years in the Division of Juvenile Justice, California's youth prison system, changed my life. I will never forget the violence and trauma I experienced. At 16, I was arrested for attempted burglary and spent two years in two state youth prisons, Preston and O.H. Close. At Preston,...
The 35 boys from Riverside and San Bernardino counties housed in the Division of Juvenile Justice correctional facility in Norwalk are going to be moved because the site is closing in December due to budget cuts. By next year, the Division of Juvenile Justice will be left operating two facilities...
ELLA BAKER CENTER APPLAUDS CLOSURE OF CALIFORNIA YOUTH PRISON Norwalk Becomes Fifth Prison to Close in 7 Years For Immediate Release: 6/13, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org NOTE: Ella Baker Center staff and members of our Families...
An Oakland-based human rights nonprofit is waging an online drive urging California’s Division of Juvenile Justice to immediately stop extensive isolation of youth prisoners. A declaration filed May 24 in an Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit regarding conditions at DJJ prisons included...
Juvenile inmates at California correctional facilities have been held in isolation nearly 24 hours straight on hundreds of occasions this year, in violation of state regulations. An audit by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in March found multiple facilities operated by...
New audit reveals the California juvenile justice system violated its own policies Inmates in California’s youth prison system were subjected to nearly round-the-clock confinement on hundreds of occasions and had to attend school in closets, showers and storerooms because of staff shortages...
For Immediate Release: 6/1, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Oakland,CA) Advocates at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights urge the state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) youth prisons to immediately stop extensive isolation...
California spends $216,000 on each youth it incarcerates, but only about $6,000 on each child it educates. It imprisons a larger percentage of its youth than most other states. And it spends less on education per student than just about any other state. These warped priorities, highlighted by the...
ACRAMENTO, Calif.—Parent groups joined California teachers Tuesday on the front lines of a weeklong series of rallies against the possibility of deep budget cuts to education, demanding that state lawmakers raise revenue to adequately fund public schools. At a rally outside the state Capitol...