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Larry Pohlschneider with attorney Maitreya Badami

Innocent California Man Freed After 15 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

The Tehama County Superior Court in northern California has overturned the wrongful conviction of Larry Pohlschneider, a client of Santa Clara University School of Law’s Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), after nearly 15 years of [...]
Sandré Swanson speaks with nurses.

Nurses Endorse Sandré Swanson for State Senate

The California Nurses Association (CNA) has endorsed former East Bay Assemblymember Sandré Swanson for State Senate.   The CNA’s support follows recent endorsements by East Bay leaders and labor groups, including the California School Employees [...]
California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Attorney General Harris Announces $2 Million in Grants to Fight Methamphetamine and Gang Activity

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week announced that the California Department of Justice has been awarded over $2 millions in federal grants to fight gang activity and the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine throughout [...]
A mock-up of an earthquake early warning (EEW) alert on a cellphone. An EEW system is under development but not yet available to the public. Credit: K. Cantner, AGI, after Jennifer Strauss.

Mobile App Would Bring Earthquake Early Warning to All

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley News   In a perfect world, we’d all be as prepared for an earthquake as Jennifer Strauss.   In a perfect world, we’d also have an early-warning system to give [...]
Hundreds of supporters staged a sit-in outside Governor Brown's office last week calling on him to sign bill AB 953 if it passed the Senate. Photo: Take Action California.

California Senate Passes Racial and Identity Profiling Act Over 800 rally at State Capitol to pressure Governor Brown to sign bill

  The California State Senate this week passed AB 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act, following a mass mobilization of California anti-mass incarceration and police accountability organizations to Sacramento lobbying for the passage of [...]
Family members of prisoners, demonstrators and lawyers celebrated this week's landmark settlement reducing long-term solitary confinement in California prisons. A press conference was held outside the state building in Oakland. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Landmark Victory Curbs Long-term Solitary Confinement in California Prisons

  A landmark victory this week to reduce long-term solitary confinement in California will immediately release up to 2,000 prisoners who have been held in isolation for 10 years or more for alleged gang affiliation.
Protesters block streets after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

State Bans Grand Juries in Police-Involved Deaths The ban is not a significant change to the pre-existing process, say civil rights experts

  Public reaction was enormously positive last week when California became the first state to ban the use of grand juries in police-involved killings, but civil rights experts say the change is not significant. Signed by [...]