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California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.

California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners serving time for crimes classified as felonies prior to its passage. California currently has a tremendous prison overcrowding problem, and the state is required to do something about this within the next two years.
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Harry Waksberg
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Cells In Cells: California Prison Unleashes Hounds Over Contraband Phones

Cells In Cells: California Prison Unleashes Hounds Over Contraband Phones
Efforts to revoke illegal cell phones in prisons, including celebrated "phone-sniffing" dogs, help serve a shady cottage industry that charges outrageous amounts of money to talk to loved ones or conduct wire transfers. Meanwhile, the ACLU fights in court to cap rates on permitted calls.
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Lawsuit: Jailers Ignored Texas Woman as She Gave Birth in Cell - and the Baby Died

Lawsuit: Jailers Ignored Texas Woman as She Gave Birth in Cell - and the Baby Died
A Texas woman says she was given no choice but to give birth in a solitary cell—after which her baby died.
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Four Eras of Slavery, for the Benefit of Corporations

Four Eras of Slavery, for the Benefit of Corporations
David Horowitz, founder of an organization called the "Freedom Center," argued that blacks should not be paid reparations for the enslavement of their ancestors. Among his reasons are that:
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Only in America: 16-Year-Old Locked Up for Rest of His Life

Only in America: 16-Year-Old Locked Up for Rest of His Life
Juwan Wickware wasn't the shooter. But he is one of more than 2,500 people nationwide who will grow from a teenager to an adult to an elderly person behind bars, only leaving prison once they've died.
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I Was Six Years Old and Locked in Solitary

I Was Six Years Old and Locked in Solitary
Solitary was the worst thing that's ever happened to me. I was in and out of jail while I was growing up, and every time I was in solitary confinement, it felt as horrible as the first time I was locked up and left alone.
The first time I'd ever experienced extreme isolation was when I was 6-years-old. My mother was a struggling drug addict and one day she took me out to see Jurassic Park. I
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The Right to a Fair Trial Does Not Exist for Drug Defendants

The Right to a Fair Trial Does Not Exist for Drug Defendants
The right to a fair trial effectively does not exist for federal drug defendants in the United States. So finds a 126-page report released by Human Rights Watch on Thursday entitled An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty.
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Murder Rate Among Black Youth Down 82 Percent in Last 20 Years

Murder Rate Among Black Youth Down 82 Percent in Last 20 Years
For nearly all serious and minor offenses, including homicide, rates among black teenagers nationally were lower in 2011 than when racial statistics were first collected nationally in 1964. Black youths’ murder arrest rates are considerably lower today than back when Bill Cosby was funny.
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CA Jails Overflow with the Unsentenced

CA Jails Overflow with the Unsentenced
A California law designed to combat recidivism has caused a glut of unsentenced inmates in jails across the state. The bail industry opposes reform, because it undercuts what for them is a cash cow.
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Head Sick: California's Budget Revision Discriminates Against Mentally Ill

Head Sick: California's Budget Revision Discriminates Against Mentally Ill
In the midst of California's continued budget woes, once again it's the mentally ill and financially troubled citizens who are getting lost in the bureaucratic shuffle.
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