California Budget and Legislation

Dozens of activists who favor alternatives to incarceration rallied at the State Capital Tuesday before Governor Brown and several legislative leaders released their plan. They say Brown’s proposal goes about reducing the number of inmates in the state in the wrong way. “There are clear...
After Cici C.'s son spent three months in solitary confinement at Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall in Martinez, the seventeen-year-old suffered a severe mental breakdown. "When my son was hospitalized, I did not know that Juvenile Hall had transferred him ... until a nurse from [Contra...
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...
For Immediate Release: 2/27/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Oakland, CA) – Civil rights activists responded favorably today to the introduction of legislation in California that would make the maximum penalty for possession...
Human Rights Advocates, Elected Officials declare that Solitary confinement increases rates of recidivism, mental illness and suicide For Immediate Release: 2/24/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – On 2/24/12,...
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. It happened when I was sent a Huffington Post article about the Corrections...
Players in the fight to shut down — or keep open — the last of California’s state-run youth prisons are meeting this week where the action is: Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance, where the nitty-gritty of state budgeting gets done. Struggling with the costs of...
TOILETS BROKEN, SEWAGE, CHEMICAL AGENTS ALL DOCUMENTED IN YOUTH-LED PETITION TO VENTURA YOUTH PRISON For Immediate Release: 2/2/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org (Camarillo, CA) -Youth inside one of California’s most notorious...
For Immediate Release: 1/26/2012 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s bill (D-San Francisco) to restore media access to prisoners, AB 1270, passed the California Assembly today. The bill...
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. Much depends, though, on whether the state’s politically influential prison guards, probation officers and...