Replace the Death Penalty with Life: Support SAFE California

Join us for a March and Gathering entitled Replace the Death Penalty with Life:  Support SAFE California, to be held at the Religious Ed Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, March 24th.

Time:  11:30 a.m. immediately following Fr. Greg Boyle’s talk in the Convention Arena. 

The SAFE California Initiative seeks to replace the death penalty with a sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of parole.  The measure accords with the Church’s pro-life teaching on capital punishment and restorative justice, and eliminates the grave risk of executing an innocent person.  In the words of Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, the SAFE initiative is a “prudent, life-affirming, safety-enhancing, and cost-savings change in sentencing law.” Continue reading

Community Members Call for Restored Rights to People with Felony Convictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—March 20th, 2012

Community Members Call for Restored Rights to People with Felony Convictions

Organizations Speak at Oakland City Council in Support of Resolutions to Support Prisoner Reentry

Press Contact:  Isaac Ontiveros, Californians United for a Responsible Budget | Ph. 510 444 0484

What: Oakland City Council Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 20 2012, 6:30pm

Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Continue reading

Death in GEO Detention Camp

Fernando Dominguez Died In Administrative Limbo While In Immigration Detention

By Fernando Romero | March 16, 2012 | Huffington Post

On the morning of Friday, February 24, I got out of bed with my usual swagger. I made a pot a coffee, a light breakfast and started getting ready for work. Still with lazy eyes, I started answering some e-mails when my phone rang. The person on the other line identified himself as an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement so I piqued up immediately (because if that doesn’t wake you up, I don’t know what else does). Continue reading

Riot reveals Dangers of California’s relationship with CCA

A private-prison disaster in Oklahoma reveals the dangers of California’s reliance on Corrections Corporation of America

By Dave Maass | SD City Beat | March 14, 2012

At 11:37 a.m. on a Tuesday in October, a fight between two inmates started in the dining hall in a prison in western Oklahoma. Guards broke it up using pepper spray, and the situation returned to normal.

Or so they thought.

Minutes later, the dining hall erupted in all-out war with fists, kicks and food trays flying. Within 15 minutes, the entire facility was thrust into chaos as 600 inmates, mostly African-Americans and Hispanics associated with the Surenos prison gang, bloodied each other. Suddenly, one of the largest prison riots in California’s recent history was going down in a corrections facility a thousand miles outside the state. Continue reading

Probation Forum on Re-entry From Lock-ups

Thursday, March 15th, 10am Come out and voice your ideas, experiences and concerns on COMING HOME FROM LOCK-UPS with LA County Department of Probation Officials

Probation Forum on “Community Supervision Post Release”

Lynwood Regional Justice Center
11701 Alameda
90262

Click here to see the Probation flyer >

California to dish out $602 million for jail construction not education

California to dish out $602 million for jail construction

By  | KALW News | March 8, 2012 |  

The Corrections Standards Authority today approved $602,881,000 in funds for jail construction projects in 11 counties, the second phase in what’s now a $1.2 billion investment in county jails.

Los Angeles will receive $100 million, as will Riverside and Orange counties. Smaller grants will go to Santa Barbara, Tulare, Stanislaus, Kings, Shasta, Sutter, Madera, and Imperial counties.

Originally authorized in 2007 under AB 900, the allocations were recently kicked into gear to help counties deal with increased responsibility for low-level offenders under AB 109, the state’s prison realignment plan.

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March 10 Welcome Home LA Resource Fair

March 10 Welcome Home  LA Resource Fair

Saturday March 10th from 3pm- 5pm

Join the Monthly Welcome Home Center Resource Fair for the Formerly Incarcerated and their Families

Resources include:

  • Assitance in obtaining government documents, travel support, jobs, housing, food and education
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Tattoo removal
  • Connection with Health Services, counseling, and life skills