Tag Archives: Mass Incarceration

Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Senator Loni Hancock met with panelists in Oakland to discuss bail reform for California on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Rob Bonta’s office.

Local Lawmakers Pushing for Bail Reform to “Fix Broken System” Bail bonds turn jails into a “debtors’ prison”

Experts, advocates and lawmakers gathered on Tuesday to discuss changes to California’s bail system, which often requires defendants to pay a fee upfront in order to be released while their case is pending.
A mural at 1600 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 2012. Photo by Anne-Sophie Braendlin, courtesy of Oakland North.

Oakland at National Forefront of Cannabis Reform

The Oakland City Council unanimously backed a resolution this week urging the state of California to create a process to erase criminal records for cannabis-related offenses and to remove restrictions that prohibit offenders from participating [...]
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Historic Settlement Ends CA Indefinite Solitary Confinement Men in the Short Corridor at Pelican Bay made the sacrifices and won the victory

Federal Judge Claudia Wilken this week approved the final agreement to end indefinite solitary confinement in California calling the settlement humane, innovative and fair.   Prisoners celebrated Tuesday’s settlement agreement, whose terms were agreed on [...]
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Unity Day Empowers Castlemont Students to Lead for Positive Change

Castlemont High School students celebrated Unity Day last week, attending workshops centered on the impacts of mass incarceration, gentrification, and racism on people of color in America.
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New Ferguson, Mo. Judge Throws Out Arrest Warrants Local activists say change in Oakland courts is long overdue

  A new municipal court judge in Ferguson, Mo. this week announced he was withdrawing all arrest warrants issued before Jan. 1, 2015, taking an action that should be duplicated and expanded by courts in [...]
Community members and organizations packed the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors' meeting room before the supervisors' vote on the proposed expansion of the West County Detention Facility. Photo courtesy of the California Nurses Association.

Supervisors Turn Down Proposed County Jail Expansion Sheriff Can Still Go Ahead with State Funding Application

  The vote to contribute $10 million for the expansion of a Contra Costa County jail unexpectedly failed to garner enough support from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, hampering Sheriff David Livingston’s application for [...]
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Growing Movement in Oakland Calls for End to Mass Incarceration

A daylong summit to discuss ways to work to end mass incarceration and implement restorative justice was held recently in Oakland.   The summit, called “Fruitvale, Florida, Ferguson and Beyond,” was held Nov. 15 at [...]