California prisons

Cultivating Connections Despite Barriers at Avenal Prison Off of the main yard at Avenal State Prison, fenced off, is their garden – one of the garden sites that the Ella Baker Center (EBC) had a chance to visit a few months ago to see the Insight Garden Program (IGP) in action. The program...
There’s something hopeful or resolute about giving life the space to thrive behind prison walls. Prisons are really desolate constructions. The people living and working there are far away, behind metal and stone. That’s why the Insight Garden Program is such a gift – the fact...
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...
Anticipating that Gov. Jerry Brown will soon release a plan to expand California's prison capacity in response to a federal court order to reduce inmate crowding, activists who say the state should not spend any more money on its prisons protested at a rally outside the Capitol today. "...