Cops & Courts

10:34pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Cops & Courts

Can a letter make a street safer? Oakland's Dear John Campaign will find out

Residents in Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood combat prostitution with public demonstrations and the Dear John Campaign.
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Street prostitution is a major problem in Oakland, but arrest rates have dropped by 37 percent from 2011 to 2012. Nevertheless, community members remain vigilant. In Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood, which includes some of the main trafficking corridors, residents are sick of the street scene. They’ve launched what’s called the Dear John Campaign to take on the street level sex trafficking that happens right outside their doors.

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5:18pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Cops & Courts

Access to legal counsel proves challenging for immigrants

You would never notice it if you were walking by, because there are no signs, but San Francisco's immigration court is on the eighth and ninth floors of a nondescript office building here on Montgomery Street in the city's financial district. Immigrants can get a notice to appear here if they are facing deportation or applying for asylum. The people outside are here without lawyers. When I asked a man if he had a lawyer, he told me he wasn't sure if they'd let him see a judge or not.

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6:21pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Cops & Courts

Go inside the prison that houses Charles Manson

After being cleared at the second checkpoint, we then passed through this exterior sally port.

It’s early. About 5 in the morning and I’m heading south on Highway 5 toward Corcoran, a farming town of about 24,000 people. However, that population count is misleading. About half of the people living in Corcoran are locked up in two of the state’s largest prisons just south of downtown.

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6:07pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 11, 2013

Nancy Mullane takes a tour of the Protective Housing Unit at Corcoran Sate Prison; Dispatches from the Inside: Expectations, regulations and the realities of parole; and local Journey cover-band Evolution.

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4:04pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Expectations, regulations and the realities of parole

 

As a prisoner, I am often reminded that the CDCR requires me to follow its rules. That’s understandable, rules and regulations ensure that operations run safely and smoothly. When an inmate can’t or won’t follow the rules, negative consequences are triggered to urge him or her to do so in the future. But what happens when the CDCR doesn’t follow its own rules? Where are the negative consequences to them? Apparently there are none. But there are negative consequences to inmates, and to the community, when the Department of Corrections can’t follow its own rules. Let me explain.

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