Books Not Bars

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Books Not Bars organizes the largest network of families of incarcerated youth and champion alternatives to California’s costly, broken prison system.

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Dangerous Time Adds Provision No Longer Allowed in California Youth Prisons, Impacting 1,000 Youth
Jails were not designed to house and care for individuals with mental health issues. However, because our communities are failing to provide adequate mental health services, many of them wind up in our broken criminal and juvenile corrections system.
Sumayyah recaps this week's historic Federal hearing on solitary confinement.
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is disappointed with the State Senate’s failure to pass common-sense drug reform on May 31, 2012.
Voters overwhelmingly believe that California’s prisons and jails are overcrowded and want more alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders, according to new poll released today. Support for the shift is truly bipartisan and consistent across the state, explained researcher Ben Tulchin of Tulchin Research. 
A first person account of why it's time to end the failed drug war in California.
Despite ongoing failures and shocking abuse, the Governor once again backed down on his budget proposal to close California’s state youth prisons.
What the May budget revise indicates about California's out-of-whack priorities.
It’s a sad day when basic human rights take a back seat to the powerful influence the prison guard union has over our elected leaders.
This Los Angeles Times editorial shows strong support for our bill (SB 1363) that would limit the use of solitary confinement in California's youth prisons.