Monthly Archives: June 2012

Getting Out and Staying Out: Changing Your Mind About Doing Time (Part I)

Earthy Young is sitting at a table in the large industrial kitchen at Medford House, a residential treatment program, located in a poor section of Hayward, right below the BART tracks. Young was 22 years old when he went to … Continue reading

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Barriers to Reentry Challenge Parolees Looking for Work, Stable Lives

Some 30 people, mostly men, pack around a long table at the Private Industry Council in downtown Oakland. This looks something like a community college class: A span of ages, attentive, dressed neatly, but informally. All are on probation or … Continue reading

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Reducing Recidivism: The Revolving Prison Door

David Shivers is a 34-year-old Oakland native who has been in and out of prison a half dozen times. His life of crime started when he was 13. “We were homeless and my mother was doing drugs,” Shivers said in … Continue reading

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Alameda County Ahead of Curve with Realignment

In May of 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that the conditions in California prisons were so horrendous that they violated protections against cruel and unusual punishment and ordered California to reduce its prison population by 35,000-40,000 inmates by 2013. The … Continue reading

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Lessening the Impact of Incarceration on Oakland – An Overview

                California taxpayers foot the bill for one of the largest prison systems in the world. The annual cost of incarcerating an inmate in 2010-11 was $48,895 and in 2012, it is estimated … Continue reading

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