A new documentary coming out this spring will look at the many ingredients that contributed to our nation’s current high incarceration rate. (Preview above.) For those interested in learning more about the situation in California, an event tonight at Golden Gate University’s School of Law will feature Don Specter of the Prison Law Office, former San Quentin Warden Jeanne Woodford, and Paul Wright of Prison Legal News talking about life inside California’s prisons–as well as the lawsuit currently underway that would cap the state’s prison population. It’s 5-6:30pm in Room 2203.
Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012–exactly one month ago. Yet outrage over the tragedy is just hitting its peak in the news cycle. Why didn’t the media, public officials, and the FBI care about this … Read More
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Local author Alan Jacobson writes thrillers, including a popular series that follows the exploits of FBI profiler Karen Vail. His most recent book in the series, Inmate 1577, takes place in San Francisco – specifically, Alcatraz. Jacobson did extensive research on … Read More
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Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University, worked in and around the criminal justice system for years–clerking for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackman, and leading the ACLU of Northern California’s Racial Justice Project. Last year, she … Read More
- Event: April 5 panel on solitary confinement
- Movie premiere: "Learning from Our Mistakes"
By Martina Castro California is home to the largest U.S. women’s prison, located in Chowchilla. Women represent the fastest growing sector of the prison population nationwide and in the state. And the Habeas Project says about two-thirds of women behind … Read More
- Film: Vigilante Vigilante
- Movie: Crime After Crime
The state came close to meeting its first court-imposed benchmark for reducing the prison population last week. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, readying its January 10 report to the federal court in the Northern District of California, announced … Read More
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