California criminal justice en Serving up fewer suspensions and more interaction <p></p><p>Not long ago there was a food fight at Ralph Bunche High School. And Angel Hernandez is in trouble. He’s 18, a senior, and he’s not admitting anything happened. He’s slouched in his chair in a circle in a room whose walls are covered with positive messages: ‘Respect,’ ‘Listen,’ ‘Trust.’ His mom, Maria Ramirez, sits at his side. Also in the circle is the cafeteria worker Miss Mina, and she looks pretty ticked off. “Everybody starts throwing stuff,” she says. “I said excuse me, how old are you guys? You guys want to clean up my kitchen?”</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 02:19:05 +0000 Leila Day 35863 at Serving up fewer suspensions and more interaction Approaching juvenile crime head on <p></p><p>When people get into trouble with the law, they normally don’t have a chance to have a conversation with their victims. To explain what happened. Hear about the damage they caused. Say they’re sorry. But there’s a growing trend to try and make that happen, so both parties can move on.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 05:08:49 +0000 Leila Day 31694 at Approaching juvenile crime head on Is prison necessary for change? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month, students in Zoe Mullery’s&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">creative writing class for San Quentin inmates&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">held a reading of their work at the prison. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The public was invited to the reading, and one of the audience members asked the inmates if they thought going to prison was the only way they could have changed their lives for the better.</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:49:59 +0000 Kyung Jin Lee & Julie Caine 30656 at Is prison necessary for change? Where do older prisoners go when they get out? <p></p><p>The older we get, the harder it is to think of ourselves as “old.” But as far as the government is concerned – specifically, the federal corrections system – you’re “aging” or “elderly” once you turn 50. California houses one of the country’s biggest populations of elderly prisoners. And gradually, it also releases them.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 01:18:51 +0000 Leila Day 25442 at Where do older prisoners go when they get out? Finding work for 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 Finding work for ex-felons