Cops & Courts

12:05pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

Domestic violence and wrongful convictions: Turning a movie into a movement

Deborah Peagler is the subject of the documentary “Crime After Crime”

California is home to the largest U.S. women’s prison, located in Chowchilla. Women represent the fastest growing sector of the prison population nationwide and in the state. And the Habeas Project says about two-thirds of women behind bars report they are survivors of domestic abuse. One of those women was Deborah Peagler.

Peagler says her boyfriend started abusing her shortly after they began dating at age 15. She says he was upset with her because she refused to prostitute herself.

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11:54am

Thu January 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

Oakland: Federal ammo running short for War on Crime

Oakland has surpassed 100 murders this year but because of severe financial problems has cut the number of police officers on its streets.
Ali Winston

This piece comes to us from City Limits, an independent, non-profit, investigative magazine based in New York City. 

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2:27pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Cops & Courts

Unexpected stats about the revolving door to prison

Dan4th Nicholas

As with much conventional wisdom on crime and punishment, popular notions of what actually causes recidivism--people cycling repeatedly in and out of prison--don't hold up when you look at the statistics. California's latest report analyzing its notoriously high (currently 65 percent) recidivism rate contains an array of numerical nuggets that shed new light on the cycle of crime. A sampling:

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2:56pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Cops & Courts

Q&A: What happens when a men's prison comes to town

Joe Mud

Yesterday, officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation travelled to Chowchilla in the Central Valley to talk to locals about the pending conversion of Valley State Prison for Women into a men’s facility. Chowchilla, the closest town to two of the state’s three women’s prisons, has resisted the conversion, worried about the impact of bringing in thousands of male prisoners.

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3:25pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Cops & Courts

Three criminal justice issues to watch in 2012

Rachel Towne

The previous year was a huge one for criminal justice in California, and 2012 promises to be just as dramatic. This year we’ll see the continued fallout of California’s prison overcrowding crisis, which coupled with the state’s financial crisis, is opening the doors to reforms never thought possible in our state. Here are three big issues to watch this coming year. Capital punishment A piece in Time Magazine today suggests that capital punishment is “slowly dying” in the United States.

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