Cops & Courts

3:30pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Cops & Courts

Sonoma Developmental Center under fire for patient abuse

Sonoma Developmental Center Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The California Department of Health has issued a scathing report about a board-and-care home for people with disabilities in Sonoma County.

The Sonoma Developmental Center houses about 500 patients in the city of Eldridge. California Watch obtained a copy of the nearly 500 page document which details numerous citations of neglect and abuse by staff, including sexual abuse and violence, as well as lack of action on these cases by on-site law enforcement.

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3:50pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Cops & Courts

Juvenile parolee bill sits on Governor’s desk

State Senator Leland Yee, sponsor of SB9 Courtesy: Office of Leland Yee

New legislation has reached the Governor’s desk that would change the way juveniles are sentenced. Senate Bill SB9, introduced by State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco introduced the legislation ,which would allow people who are serving life without parole for crimes they committed when they were juveniles, to ask for sentences of 25 years to life instead.

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2:57pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland considers youth curfew

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan is again calling for a youth curfew as a way to reduce crime in the city. The idea is backed by council President Larry Reid and Ignacio de la Fuente. But, the East Bay Express has published reports showing that youth curfews don’t work. The most recent data available from the California Department of Justice shows that felony youth crime has dropped substantially in Oakland, plummeting 26.4 percent from 2001 through 2010.

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12:00pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Reductions in prisoners equals reductions in resources

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 8, 2012

It's been slow in coming, but there have been some noticeable changes here, due to the state's realignment plan. We used to get a half-dozen big, green buses pulling in each week, disgorging thirty or forty new arrivals at a time. These days we might get one per week. Because of this, the population has decreased, reducing the number of prisoners in some dorms. 

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4:38pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Searching for redemption without resources for self-improvement

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

August 8, 2012

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