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Op-Ed: The Drug War, Mass Incarceration and Cannabis Equity

By Cat Brooks It is no longer questioned that the war on drugs has disproportionately impacted Black, Brown and poor people. What is less understood...

Open Letter by Black and Latino Leaders to Local Elected Officials

The following is an open letter describing the platform of the African American Latino Action Alliance (AALAA) for the 2016 election cycle: We are African,...

Faith Leaders Call on Legislators to Commit to Jobs, Justice and...

Three Oakland pastors are taking the lead to bring together interfaith religious leaders to participate in coordinated faith community actions next month at statehouses...

Local Lawmakers Pushing for Bail Reform to “Fix Broken System”

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...

Historic Settlement Ends CA Indefinite Solitary Confinement

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...

Supreme Court Says Prisoners Can Seek Parole Who Were Sentenced to...

David G. Savage, L.A. Times   The Supreme Court opened the door Monday to possible parole for hundreds of aging prisoners across the nation who are...

Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement

By President Barack Obama, The Washington Post   In 2010, a 16-year-old named Kalief Browder from the Bronx was accused of stealing a backpack. He was...

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,...

Book by UC Berkeley Professor Puts “Mass Incarceration on Trial”

By Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. It has come down a...
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