California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

California spends too much on prisons, not enough to keep people out of prison

The prison population & crime rates across #California have declined, yet state spending on incarceration has grown by 32% since 2007. 📈 “We are spending too much on our prison system because our justice system has become convoluted with excessive sentences, countless crimes and arbitrary sentence enhancements.” When we spend over $80,000/year to keep one individual behind bars and less than $12,000/year to support a K-12 student,…

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

Don’t fall for this trick that would gut criminal justice reform

A letter to the editor published the Sacramento Bee from Governor Jerry Brown who is responding to the ballot initiative that aims to gut the widely popular Proposition 57. Just a scare tactic Re “Keep violent sex offenders locked up” (sacbee.com, Feb. 22): Don’t be fooled by Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s latest ploy to scare Californians into supporting his cynical and deeply flawed ballot initiative, which would gut…

Restoring a community through dialogue

Restoring a community through dialogue

We are so honored to be featured in San Quentin News. Our work inside prison creating dialogues with incarcerated people, survivors and district attorneys are central to our work. Read the entire article here.…

It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him.

It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him.

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roper v. Simmons which abolished the death penalty for children. For Black History Month, we honor the memory of George Stinney. Stinney was the youngest person in modern times to be put to death. However, although the death chamber is now outlawed for children, the US continues to sentence its youngest citizens to die in prison with life…

Let's treat violence like a contagious disease

Let's treat violence like a contagious disease

"It turns out that the greatest predictor of a case of violence is a preceding case of violence. And so we see that violence is, in a way, behaving like a contagious disease." This is why we need to talk about trauma. Watch the Gary Slutkin's TED talk here.…