Books Not Bars

Books Not Bars & Gathering protest youth incarceration

by Rose Ketabchi
Nov 18, 2007

 

Books Not Bars and The Gathering For Justice work together to produce a rally to protest the lack of real juvenile justice, both in California and the United States. Families speak out about the poor treatment they received at the hands of California's youth prison system.
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Teen's Suicide Inspires Youth Prison Bill

by Kenny Goldberg
Sep 24, 2007

 

In August of 2005, a ward in a California youth prison who was locked alone in his cell for two months killed himself. The suicide of 18-year-old Joseph Maldonado prompted a special investigation. It also inspired a bill just approved by the California Legislature.

The measure aims to make it easier for wards of the state to have contact with their families. Supporters say family contact is essential for rehabilitation. Kenny Goldberg speaks with Books Not Bars' Sumayyah Waheed and Joseph's sister Rene Nu&ntilde;ez.

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Books Not Bars goes from protest to lobby

by Scott Smith
Jul 31, 2007

 

At first it fed on picket signs and raw emotion. But now Books Not Bars has added lobbyists and legislation to its diet in a fight to take down California's highly criticized youth prisons.

In its first six years, the grass-roots organization has matured into a reckoning force, drawn from its home base in Oakland to protest violence and poor conditions inside youth prisons such as N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility near Stockton.

Youth Prisons Targeted: Stockton Facility Tops Growing Closure List

by Andy Furillo
May 15, 2007

 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday proposed shutting down another facility in the troubled youth prison system, and corrections officials say more such closures could be on the way, including one of the most violent lockups in the state.

KCRA 3 Sacramento Coverage of the Books Not Bars Mother's Day Rally

KCRA Sacramento
May 10, 2007

 

As mothers joined Books Not Bars in demanding better access to their incarcerated children, the TV cameras were rolling. Watch the KCRA3 Sacramento coverage of the event.

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Univision Coverage of the Books Not Bars Mother's Day Rally

Univision 19 in Sacramento
May 10, 2007

 

As mothers joined Books Not Bars in demanding better access to their incarcerated children, the TV cameras were rolling. Watch the Univision in Sacramento coverage of the event. (Note: this coverage is in Spanish with no subtitles)

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CBS News: Closing Youth Prisons

by CBS News
Apr 28, 2007

 

CBS5 and CBS13 report on the changes that are underway in California's youth prison system: Sally Lieber and Books Not Bars are working to shut it down and transition to county-run restorative centers.

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Public Safety Committee Votes to Close Youth Prisons

Apr 27, 2007

 

Ella Baker Center staffers Joyce Cook and Lourdes Duarte celebrate the vote in the Public Safety Committee to close California's youth prisons. They explain how this victory will help California's youth receive the services they need to be rehabilitated, in a system similar to Missouri's.
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Bill to close youth prisons gaining attention, criticism

by Scott Smith
Apr 26, 2007

 

A proposal by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-San Jose, would over the next two years close down youth prisons across the state, including the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility outside Stockton, and send wards to county-operated detention and treatment facilities.

The bill, which was passed by the Assembly Public Safety Committee earlier this week on a 5-2 vote, is not the first such proposal to send committed youth offenders closer to home and families, but it is gaining attention - and criticism.

Youth Prison Closure Bill Passes Public Safety Committee

Apr 25, 2007

 

Legislation to close California's youth prisons has passed the first hurdle to becoming law. The Public Safety committee voted in favor of AB 1655, a bill to close the Division of Juvenile Justice and return the youth to smaller facilities close to their families, has passed the Public Safety Committee and will now be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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