Joaquin Palomino

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11:08am

Thu February 2, 2012
Cops & Courts

Imprisoned for Life: The case for rehabilitation

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Yesterday, we heard how politics have shaped California’s prison system, and about the push and pull between rehabilitation and punishment. “At the end of the day, corrections was about the bumping of heads of those people that think prison should be for punishment and those people that think that prison should be for rehabilitation,” says JB Wells, who spent almost three decades stuck between the two ideologies.

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12:01pm

Wed February 1, 2012
Cops & Courts

Imprisoned for Life: The politics of parole

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A life sentence with the possibility of parole is one of the only sentences in California designed to encourage the convicted to reform. Lindsey Bolar, who served 23 years in prison before receiving parole, believes “lifers make up your best population in prison.” After serving between 20 and 25 years, Bolar says, “you know that the mad stupid stuff doesn’t go anymore, then all of a sudden you are trying to find a meaning for your life and you want to go home.”

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8:51am

Wed February 1, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: top news stories for Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Come early March, California might be clean out of money unless the Legislature takes action, says Controller John Chiang. The shortfall is projected to last seven weeks, during which time Chiang recommends borrowing money and delaying some payments. How did the state end up in such a bind? Chiang says California was spending $2.6 billion more than was included in the budget while tax revenues coming into state coffers were $2.6 billion below projection…

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4:09pm

Tue January 31, 2012
Cops & Courts

Imprisoned for Life: A three-part series

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When you look at the numbers, many long held truths about crime crumble. Like this one: who do you think is more likely to become a life-long criminal: a rapist or a car thief?

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1:34pm

Wed January 18, 2012
AFTERNOON NEWS ROUNDUP

Connecting the dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, January 18

 

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Napa County resident’s challenge to a state law that imposes a 10-year ban on gun ownership for anyone convicted of a violent misdemeanor. The resident claimed the law violated his constitutional right to possess a firearm…

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