Cops & Courts

4:47pm

Wed February 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

Community project helps incarcerated and those affected bounce back

Photo courtesy of Project What

Community Works started working with inmates in San Francisco's jail system in 1997. Since then, the program has grown to include programs for men who have committed domestic violence and for children with incarcerated parents. On Saturday, Community Works is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a benefit show at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. KALW's criminal justice editor Rina Palta sat down with a team from Community Works to discuss where the program has been, and where it’s going.

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3:26pm

Tue February 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

In the news: California probation officers utilizing more mentoring tactics

Courtesy of acgov.org

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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11:08am

Thu February 2, 2012
Cops & Courts

Imprisoned for Life: The case for rehabilitation

Under CC license from Johannes H. Jensen. http://www.flickr.com/photos/johanneshjensen/855252154/

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

Photo courtesy of Flickr user MikeCogh/http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/5997920696/

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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8:30am

Wed February 1, 2012
Cops & Courts

A look inside California’s toughest prison

Photo by Rina Palta

If you’re convicted of committing a felony in California, you can end up in many kinds of prisons. Steal a lot of money in a Ponzi scheme – you might end up in minimum security. Locked up, but with little supervision. Commit a violent crime, and you could be sent to a medium-security prison, like Folsom. Kill someone, and you could be headed for supermax.

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