Justice System

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,...
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to keep tens of thousands of low-level offenders in county jails instead of state prisons won't reduce the inmate population enough to fully comply with a federal court order, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said Friday. A report...
For Immediate Release: 6/30/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org WASHINGTON, DC – Ella Baker Center for Human Rights applauds the United States Sentencing Commission’s decision today to apply the Fair Sentencing Act...
Advocates Call for Permanent Cuts to Prisons Through Sentencing Reform Poll Finds That California Voters Believe “Too Many People in Prisons” and Support for Lessening Penalties for Drug Possession For Immediate Release: 6/28, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510...
THE U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a federal court order requiring California to reduce its prison population by approximately 33,000 within two years. Any characterization that the court has ordered the early release of tens of thousands of inmates is pure fear-mongering. Early release isn't...
Advocates Urge California to Focus on Resolving Over-crowding Crisis, Including Ending Prison as Response to Drug Use 9,000 in Prison for Drug Possession at Cost of $450 Million a Year For Immediate Release: 5/23, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@...
Our Director of Programs, Kris Lev-Twombly, speaks about the problem of California is slashing funding for education and health care while billions of dollars in incarceration costs remain untouched. Begins at 6:30. Fund Drive Special: Michael Moore - May 18, 2011 at 8:00am Click to listen (or...
Advocacy Organizations Point to Simple & Safe Reforms as Key to Realignment’s Success For Immediate Release: 5/17, 2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 abel@ellabakercenter.org SACRAMENTO – In his revised 2011-12 state budget, Governor Brown...
A strong majority of California voters believe the penalty for possession of a small amount of an illegal drug for personal use should be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, according to a poll released Monday by organizations seeking to relax drug laws. DOCUMENT: Read the report on the drug...