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Jack Detsch / KALW

Three dollars and 25 cents won’t buy you a lot in today’s marketplace, but try to imagine what it might mean if you were a business owner in Oakland’s Chinatown, and you had to bump wages by that much for every hour worked.

San Quentin Prison Report: Back to prison

Jun 23, 2015
Nigel Poor

 

Local prison San Quentin combats recidivism with programs to help people adapt back into society. One of those projects is San Quentin Prison Report, a program training those who are incarcerated to produce stories from the inside.

After spending 25 years in prison for a first degree murder, Jessy Reed was finally preparing to be released. He vowed to never return to prison and looked forward to starting over with a new life on the outside. Once Reed was free, life on the outside became a series of challenges, piling up like one after the other.

 

I let so many people down who who who were looking up to me and just and just and just um expecting more of me you know I let down and hurt and and and that was devastating. --Jessy Reed

Kevin Jones

 

This isn’t the story of another police shooting. It’s the story of what happens after a police shooting. Especially one in particular.

When loyalty is misguided

Jun 3, 2015
Nigel Poor

Though being in a gang often means violence, it also offers a sense of belonging. Gang loyalty can end tragically when members end up betrayed by the very same people they sought to impress. This is the story of three men who misplaced their loyalty -- and in each case ended up with life sentences.

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On the May 27th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what we can learn from police forces in other countries. Last year, British police fired their weapons just three times. Most police officers in Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand don’t carry guns, even when they’re on patrol. President Obama recently banned the sale of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. How will this affect how US police handle conflict? What other changes should be made? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

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