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Formerly Incarcerated Justice

Formerly Incarcerated Confront Oppressive ”Justice” System

This radio documentary is the fourth and final segment in Truthout’s serialization of Chris Moore-Backman’s Bringing Down the New Jim Crow. Episodes have been posted here. half-century since the apex of the Civil Rights Movement, the quest for racial and economic justice continues unabated in the United States. Arguably the most powerful expression of that […]

Jailing of Mentally Ill

D.A. Jackie Lacey Calls Jailing of Mentally Ill a ‘Moral Question’

s Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey told county supervisors Tuesday that gaps in services and communication breakdowns between agencies have resulted in more mentally ill people being sent to jail. Lacey, who is heading up a group of leaders from different agencies focused on expanding diversion programs, called the issue a “moral question.” “The […]

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Policing Law Enforcement: Pasadena Forum

Should there be increased civilian oversight of Pasadena’s Police Department by a police auditor reporting to the Public Safety Committee? With former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, ACLU Attorney Peter Bibring, and Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison.

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California’s Broken Punishment Paradigm

Life in prison with the remote possibility of death: the death penalty and California’s broken punishment paradigm ast week’s 39-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney — finding California’s death penalty unconstitutional — is already setting off a wave of debate in the media. We will see yet whether it catches any political […]

Mentally Ill in Jails

$20 Million Plan Could Help Mentally Ill in Jails

t a treatment center in south Los Angeles on a recent morning, men and women lounged in chairs and read from stacks of books that lined shelves and sat on tables. Others strolled past a shaded fountain to a cafeteria, where lunches of salad and sugar-free dishes were being served. For Jose Escamilla, a 22-year-old […]