Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lessening the Impact of Incarceration: The Series

The cycling of mostly men of color through the California prison system and onto the streets of Oakland is a revolving door that impacts many families by having a brother, father, son or mother that has spent time in prison. … Continue reading

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A Blueprint to Ending Recidivism for Oakland’s Families (Analysis)

“The choice is clear: We can no longer afford to simply lock people up. It is time for California and its counties to fix our broken criminal justice system and to take a new approach to keeping our communities safe.”   … Continue reading

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Helping Youth Feel Safe, Cared-For Key to Breaking School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Barbara Grady Nick Smith was shuttled from high school to high school in recent years, whenever a relative died or was shot. When his mother died of cancer three years ago he moved from San Ramon Valley High School … Continue reading

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Finding Ways to Help Teens Who Struggle When Parents Are Incarcerated

Eunique is a vibrant 18-year-old African-American student at Oakland’s Fremont High whose Dad was incarcerated when she was seven years old. “I’ll be honest with you,” she said as her broad smile stopped in its tracks. “I didn’t get any … Continue reading

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Beating the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Barbara Grady Judge Gloria Rhynes leveled with the young Oakland mother whose third grader had missed two months of school. “Did you know, the California Department of Corrections looks at who is absent in the third grade to figure … Continue reading

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Getting Out and Staying Out: Lessening the Grip of a Criminal Lifestyle (Part II)

It’s Wednesday morning in a large building by the Oakland International Airport. In the room are 62 men who have one thing in common: They were all released from prison in the last week and this is their first mandatory … Continue reading

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