Harlem,1964. Philadelphia, 1964. Watts 1965. Newark, 1967. Detroit, 1967. Omaha, 1969. Miami, 1980. Washington D.C., 1991. Los Angeles, 1992. Cincinnati, 2001. Oakland, 2009. Ferguson, 2014. This year Ferguson, Missouri was etched into history as one of many cities that have been forced to bear the...
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act . This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners...
It’s a rare thing when two great thinkers come together, but that is exactly what is going to happen next week when Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent at The Atlantic and author of the article The Case for Reparations , leads an online book club that will delve into a study of the...
In a 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama delivered one of the most memorable lines of his political career. “There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America,” he said. “There's the United States of...
Drako is a dog who has recently reached a milestone. Drako, a dog being used by guards at a prison in Vacaville, California, found his thousandth cell phone in June. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , it's taken Drako only four and a half years to find that many phones, which are...
Last week, Judge Carney in the Central District of California wrote a refreshingly accessible, logical, and just opinion declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional. It is worth reading, but I summarize it briefly below. In Jones v. Chappell, Judge Carney held that California...
Right now, in the United States, close to three million children are growing up with one of their parents, most often their father, in prison . That works out to about one in every 28 kids. For African Americans, the number rises to one in 9. And the consequences are grave. According to a recent...
[image by Nick Fisher, https://www.flickr.com/people/cobrasick/] The California Highway Patrol has been stopping people suspected of using drugs and giving them a choice : either to face arrest or to be used as educational tools in the Drug Recognition Evaluator Program. The DRE Program is designed...
In his weekly video address , on May 13, 2014, United States Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out against the use of solitary confinement for the routine punishment of incarcerated youths. Holder cited its detrimental effect on the development of young people and their ability to thrive when...
On June 2, a federal judge granted a group of people incarcerated at Pelican Bay State Prison permission to pursue a class action against the State of California over its use of solitary confinement. More than five hundred of these inmates have lived in extreme isolation for at least ten years...