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Community Health, Youth Voices

Black Sheep: Thee Inglorious Blacktree Barberia

Thee Inglorious Blacktree Barberia is giving formerly-incarcerated people, recovering drug addicts, and other struggling individuals a second chance by supporting their careers as barbers. “The guys that work here are … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Imagining justice

Artist and activist Common held a concert in Sacramento called Imagine Justice, an event convened to speak out against mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Youth reporters from Sacramento’s Access … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Sister Warriors’ meet in Oakland to discuss life after prison

Formerly incarcerated women shared ideas about how the prison system and other agencies — from law enforcement to child protective services — can do better with their missions to help … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Words of incarceration: poems from #SchoolsnotPrisons Merced

Weekends spent visiting an incarcerated uncle, spiced-up ramen noodles from the jail cantina and a web search to find one’s name and a list of arrests. These moments flashed through … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Q&A: ‘He’s Still My Super Hero’ — An Interview With My Incarcerated Father

Jeremiah Castillo, a reporter and criminal justice activist, has developed a mature understanding of why his father, whom he admires, has spent much of his childhood in prison. Himself the child … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

A child of incarceration

Having a parent in jail takes a big toll on a child. Merced resident Jeremiah Castillo reflects on the sleepless nights worrying about his father in jail and the bullying … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘My Voice Matters’

Many Americans believe that people with criminal convictions can’t vote in elections. But that’s not necessarily true. The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to overturn and prevent laws designed to prevent … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fixing a broken foster system

Aaliyah Lannerd still remembers the day her family was broken up, as police arrested her father and separated her from her mother. Since then, she has learned first hand some … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pepper-sprayed in youth jail

Nationwide, it’s rare for pepper spray to be used inside juvenile facilities, but some large California counties allow the chemical to be used by guards on incarcerated minors. Alameda is one of … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Prop 47: From second sentence to second chance

Ricky Hernandez made choices throughout his youth and early adulthood that landed him behind bars. After being released, Hernandez learned that his sentence did not end the moment he walked out through the prison gates. Then … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

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