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Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D).  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Legislators Call for Reform of Solitary Confinement Conditions

A hearing was held Tuesday by legislators to push for sweeping reform in conditions faced by thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay and other state prisons, where they are often locked in [...]
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Finding “Justice” in the Wake of a Family’s Tragedy

Imagine how parents feel losing both of their children in the matter of seconds. That’s what the family of Justice and Mario Toliver has to confront.Justice, 17, was shot and killed by her 14-year-old brother, [...]
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Judge Henderson Fires Oakland Police Overseer

Federal Judge Thelton Henderson has fired the compliance director who has been overseeing the Oakland Police Department, saying that police reform will be better served by giving the authority to institute changes to the same [...]
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Valentine’s Day Rally for Families of Murder Victims

The Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation’s advocacy group, #TheirLivesMatter, will host a rally Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. in front of Oakland’s City Hall for over 50 families from across the Bay Area who have [...]
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Stockton PD Has an App for That!

Stockton Police Department launched its mobile app this week, a free mobile application that gives the public unprecedented access to the police department. Working to better engage Stockton residents, the app allows the Stockton community [...]
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Lack of Progress on Police Reforms is Disappointing, Says Federal Monitor

The Oakland Police Department is slipping in its efforts to make substantive progress on court-ordered reforms, 11 years after the City of Oakland agreed to accept federal oversight of OPD to settle a lawsuit against [...]
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Legislation to Teach Community College Courses in Jail

  An assembly bill that would allow California Community Colleges to receive full funding for courses offered in correctional institutions, AB1271, has passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee with strong bipartisan support (12-1). According to [...]
Councilmember Noel Gallo, District 5

Gallo Pushes to Ban Online Gambling at Local “Internet Cafes”

Councilmember Noel Gallo, District 5, presented a report Tuesday afternoon at the Public Safety Committee Meeting to ban Internet cafés that may be conducting illegal online gambling operation.“We need to shut it down, close it [...]