Nicole Jones


Nicole Jones joined KALW's Crosscurrents team in 2010 as a reporter covering criminal justice and public safety. Jones is an alum of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Time's online edition and The Bay Citizen



Tue February 21, 2012
Cops & Courts

Occupy San Quentin protest large, peaceful

Nicole Jones KALW News

Occupy brought the movement to San Quentin State Prison on Monday afternoon. Over 600 people peacefully assembled in front of the prison’s East gate to protest prison conditions. The San Quentin rally is just one of the 15 that took place as part of National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.

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Fri February 17, 2012
Cops & Courts

The Blotter: Friday, February 17

Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray on demonstrators protesting at UC Davis.
Jasna Hodzic/California Aggie/Courtesy

This week's criminal justice headlines.

How an infamous Berkeley human trafficking case fueled reform Advocates for increased prison terms say 10-year-old sex trafficking case changed conversation. (SF Public Press)

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Wed February 15, 2012
Cops & Courts

CDCR inmate dies in huger strike

Corcoran State Prison
Photo Courtesy of CDCR

A spokesperson with California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed that an inmate on a hunger strike at Corcoran State Prison died on Feb. 2 after refusing food for four days.

Gomez began fasting to protest conditions in the Administration Segregation Unit at Corcoran. Over thirty inmates housed in the isolation unit at Corcoran had also been refusing food since January for the same reason. On Feb. 13, all inmates resumed eating, according to CDCR’s spokesperson Terry Thornton. 

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Thu February 9, 2012
Cops & Courts

Q&A: Alan Jackson on why counties should be able to send inmates out of state


A new bill is on the block would allow counties to use AB 109 funds to pay for out-of-state contracts to house inmates, similar to how the states currently contract with other states. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and Senator Tony Strickland introduced the bill in hopes of giving counties more options for housing inmates sentenced to local jails. Jackson spoke with KALW’S Nicole Jones on why he thinks this is a smart move for overburdened counties.Al

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Tue February 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

In the news: California probation officers utilizing more mentoring tactics

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Criminal justice realignment is changing the way probation officers are managing offenders, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Motivational interviewing is reemerging in probation offices across the state as a tool to better prepare probationers for reentry. Studies show that motivational interviewing and other techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy and positive client development will prevent inmates from becoming repeat offenders.

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