An in depth look a California's felony murder rule, its impact and implications.

An in depth look a California's felony murder rule, its impact and implications.

WE DESERVE a justice system that persistently seeks to defend the principles of fairness & accountability in the name of public safety. Passing SB 1437 will be a major step in that direction. It’s time to restore the lives affected by unjust sentencing practices & stop draining our resources on insensible, ineffective policies. To listen in on the efforts to roll back California's felony murder rule, check out KPBS…

San Quentin Radio: Losing your language in prison

San Quentin Radio: Losing your language in prison

Incarceration has many levels of impact. Loss of cultural identity is one of them. David Lei's story, "Loss of Language," produced by our very own Anouthinh Pangthong was presented on NPR - The California Report. Listen to the full podcast here.…

Prison inmates are "down," but costs still going up

Prison inmates are "down," but costs still going up

Today, CA's prison population is "down" from its record high of 162,000 to 129,000 people behind bars. While this is a sign of progress, this number is still beyond 6x greater than the incarcerated population of the 1970s. The current system remains a travesty of justice until WE, AS A COMMUNITY, adequately address the human, social & economic costs of antiquated & failed tough-on-crime policies. Read…

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia's DA, #LarryKrasner, just issued a revolutionary guiding document that will likely go down in history as the single largest policy shift for #CJReform. The first sentence cuts through decades of systemic failure: “These policies are an effort to end mass incarcerations & bring balance back to sentencing.” To summarize the five-page, MUST READ document, points of change mostly involve instructing prosecutors to use critical thinking skills, data, & alternative…

Listen to Ear Hustle Season 2!

Listen to Ear Hustle Season 2!

“Firsts” in prison can be especially memorable: the first time you meet your cellie, or leave the prison for medical treatment, or run your first marathon. Alongside these tales, Adnan Khan shares the story of his first visit from his mom, 13 years after he was incarcerated. Listen here.…

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Care Call for Youth: Join us on March 20th at 8pm!

Cares for Youth, Cares Call Tuesday with Laura Sheppard, Criminal Defense Attorney Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8 PM Call: (515) 604-9384 Code: 313882# Ms. Sheppard will join CARES for Youth host, Dennis P. Flynn, on a CARES Call that employs an interview format to learn her perspective on the impact of changes in California law for youth serving extreme sentences. We will cover topics ranging parole hearing preparation and…

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

How Far Should ‘Raise-the-Age’ Reforms Go?

While the US imposes an age of majority on youthful offenders at the age of 18, many other nations rely on higher ages such as 20 or 21 to demarcate the separation of juvenile offenders and juvenile correctional systems from their adult counterparts. Read the article from The Crime Report here.…

Why Philly DA Krasner could let 180+ juvenile lifers out of prison early

Why Philly DA Krasner could let 180+ juvenile lifers out of prison early

Philadelphia has sentenced more teens to life in prison with no chance of parole than any other jurisdiction in the world — and that meant it had the largest number to resentence after the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago ruled that its 2012 ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors must be applied retroactively. Read the story from The Inquirer here.…

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.…

Will L.A. Follow S.F.’s Lead in Wiping Out Pot Convictions? Nope

Will L.A. Follow S.F.’s Lead in Wiping Out Pot Convictions? Nope

In a disappointing move, L.A. county's DA announced she would not be following the lead of her counterparts in San Francisco and San Diego, who are dismissing or reducing thousands of past misdemeanor and felony marijuana convictions due to the legalization of the substance this year. This is particularly concerning as the L.A. District Attorney’s Office prosecuted more people for violating marijuana laws than any other prosecutor’…