Kyung Jin Lee http://kalw.org en Oakland’s Skyline High community sings high praise for its principal http://kalw.org/post/oakland-s-skyline-high-community-sings-high-praise-its-principal <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between classes, the five-minute passing periods at Skyline High are a little chaotic. Students are abuzz. Teachers, counselors and guards herd the teens to their classes.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 01:11:00 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee 44717 at http://kalw.org Oakland’s Skyline High community sings high praise for its principal Will prison arts programs make a comeback in California? http://kalw.org/post/will-prison-arts-programs-make-comeback-california <p></p><p>On a breezy summer day at San Quentin State Prison, inmate Paul Stauffer reads his writing to a live audience.</p><p>“My shoulders brush the sides of the wall and bunk as I pace the nine feet of my cell, between the sink and door. A scream echoed silently from my tortured soul, as hopeless dreams of a once meaningful life, floated endlessly across my mind…” he reads.</p><p>Creative self expression is a <a href="http://williamjamesassociation.org/?wpdmact=process&amp;did=NS5ob3RsaW5r">proven force for change</a> in prisons. Inmates in this creative writing class, and classes like it, are less likely to commit crimes when they’re released.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:10:39 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee 40716 at http://kalw.org Will prison arts programs make a comeback in California? Bay Area cities expand employment protections for ex-convicts http://kalw.org/post/bay-area-cities-expand-employment-protections-ex-convicts <p>When you fill out a job application, you expect to answer some basic questions. Things like your employment and education history, and relevant skills to the job. And in many cases, you also have to check a box to declare whether you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.</p><p>In the city of Richmond, though, that last one is no longer fair game. It hasn’t been for a couple of years, since the city passed an ordinance called “ban the box,” forbidding government employees from asking job applicants about their criminal histories.</p><p>More than 50 cities and counties, as well as 10 states, have enacted some form of “ban the box” laws. That includes California.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:43:31 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee & Charlotte Silver 39344 at http://kalw.org Bay Area cities expand employment protections for ex-convicts What’s it like to manage the Oakland Police Department? http://kalw.org/post/what-s-it-manage-oakland-police-department <p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:54:37 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee 39005 at http://kalw.org What’s it like to manage the Oakland Police Department? Beyond Idol: Alameda County’s foster youth show their talent http://kalw.org/post/beyond-idol-alameda-county-s-foster-youth-show-their-talent <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">It’s audition day for Beyond Idol. Contestants pace around a large waiting area at Laney College, practicing softly to themselves as they wait for their turn. </span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 02:23:46 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee 36635 at http://kalw.org Beyond Idol: Alameda County’s foster youth show their talent