Nicole Jones http://kalw.org en New policy means more chances for inmates leaving prison http://kalw.org/post/new-policy-means-more-chances-inmates-leaving-prison <p>Imagine you’re 18 years old and you commit a crime. A robbery. You go to prison at one of the only women’s facilities in the state. You get out a year later, on parole – and you’re back in the same neighborhood where you first got in trouble. You commit another crime. And the cycle starts all over again. That’s what happened to Courtney Samson.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:45:32 +0000 Nicole Jones 16498 at http://kalw.org New policy means more chances for inmates leaving prison Some colleges take a chance on Wikipedia http://kalw.org/post/some-colleges-take-chance-wikipedia <p>Much of the information young people receive is increasingly, if not exclusively, supplied by the Internet. A big part of this influx of information is from the website Wikipedia. The English-language version of the web-based encyclopedia has more than four million entries &ndash; and it is consistently ranked as one of the most visited websites in the world. In the last few years, Wikipedia has started spreading to college classrooms, but not without its share of controversies and concerns.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:11:03 +0000 Nicole Jones 15085 at http://kalw.org Some colleges take a chance on Wikipedia Oakland youth view their neighborhoods through a new lens http://kalw.org/post/oakland-youth-view-their-neighborhoods-through-new-lens <p>More of a police presence and better police community relations are good ways to prevent violence, but a group of young men in Oakland are trying a different approach. They call themselves <a href="http://thespotoakland.org/?p=1635">&quot;Warriors for Peace,&rdquo;</a> and they are part of a violence prevention program that equips and trains teens to make films about Oakland. The hope is that from behind a lens, they will see their city, and themselves, a little differently.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 23:46:46 +0000 Nicole Jones 14798 at http://kalw.org Oakland youth view their neighborhoods through a new lens Serving time on the fire line http://kalw.org/post/serving-time-fire-line <p>It&rsquo;s summer in California, which means fire season is in full force &ndash; and it could be the worst one in years. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE, responds to more than 5,000 wildfires each year. They protect more than 31 million acres of California&rsquo;s privately-owned wildlands and provide emergency services for most of the state&rsquo;s counties.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:47:09 +0000 Nicole Jones 12671 at http://kalw.org Serving time on the fire line Realignment funding formula not adding up in all counties http://kalw.org/post/realignment-funding-formula-not-adding-all-counties <p>Not too long ago, the men now sitting around a table at the Contra Costa Probation&nbsp;Office were in prison. &ldquo;I want to ask how long have you been in prison,&rdquo; Chief Adult&nbsp;Probation Officer Philip Kader asks them. They respond with three, six and even 12 times.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:35:03 +0000 Nicole Jones 9857 at http://kalw.org Realignment funding formula not adding up in all counties