prisons http://kalw.org en From prisoner to professor: a former inmate teaches others to reduce recidivism http://kalw.org/post/prisoner-professor-former-inmate-teaches-others-reduce-recidivism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 49 years of age, Michael Santos is getting his first taste of college. He's walking through the main quad at San Francisco State, beaming like a kid.</span></p><p class="p1">“I always come to soak up the university vibe that I missed when I was a teenager and in my early ‘20s,” he says.</p><p class="p1">Santos is not a student or a visitor. He’s a lecturer in the Criminal Justice Department, a job he landed in September, just two weeks after his release from 26 years in prison.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 01:13:50 +0000 Karina Ioffee 38054 at http://kalw.org From prisoner to professor: a former inmate teaches others to reduce recidivism East Bay Express: State to send more inmates to fungal-infected prisons http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-state-send-more-inmates-fungal-infected-prisons <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">The deadly disease lies dormant during dry summers in Central California, but it comes alive when the rains arrive in fall. Causing flu-like symptoms, it goes airborne, with spores that root in the soft tissue of your lungs. Californians have a higher chance of contracting the disease than chickenpox, hepatitis, or West Nile virus, according to the health care news organization Reporting on Health. The fungal infection known as valley fever also has a preference for people of certain ethnic backgrounds. In the prisons of California's Central Valley, about 70 percent of the victims have been African-American.</p><p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;"> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:55:20 +0000 Toshio Meronek 31672 at http://kalw.org Finding work for ex-felons http://kalw.org/post/finding-work-ex-felons <div style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: normal; "><p></p></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Angel </span>Barerra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has a felony conviction. He thinks that’s kept him from finding work. In order to give people like </span>Barerra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a better chance, some California counties have implemented “Ban the Box” – they’ve made it illegal for employers to ask about felony charges on job applications.</span></p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:09:18 +0000 Leila Day 25358 at http://kalw.org Finding work for ex-felons The politics of prison guards http://kalw.org/post/politics-prison-guards <p>Over the past few weeks, we’ve been bringing you exclusive stories from inside some of the state’s most secure prisons, including San Quentin. And we've been focusing on the people with the least amount of political power: the inmates. Now we turn our attention to another group within the prison system, and one with considerably more political influence: the prison guards.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:02:29 +0000 Hana Baba 18510 at http://kalw.org The politics of prison guards Juvenile parolee bill sits on Governor’s desk http://kalw.org/post/juvenile-parolee-bill-sits-governor-s-desk <p>New legislation has reached the Governor’s desk that would change the way juveniles are sentenced. Senate Bill SB9, introduced by State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco introduced the legislation ,which would allow people who are serving life without parole for crimes they committed when they were juveniles, to ask for sentences of 25 years to life instead.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:50:33 +0000 Hana Baba 15490 at http://kalw.org Juvenile parolee bill sits on Governor’s desk