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The highest imprisonment rates in the world

The highest imprisonment rates in the world

Pilar De Haro

October 6, 2015

The Obama administration will allow certain qualifying prisoners to attain college degrees through a pilot Pell Grant program announced in late July. The first-ever partnership with Goucher College’s educational program will take place at the Maryland Correctional Institute. Last year, over 1.5...

Yes on Prop 47

Yes on Prop 47

Melisa Fumbarg

October 29, 2014

“Let the criminals out of jail,” would be the end of any conversation. That is until Proposition 47 was introduced. With the elections quickly approaching, it can be difficult to understand the meaning behind the propositions. However, in this case I recommend voting yes for Proposition 47. Proposition 47 is a p...

End the injustices in America, end the prison industrial complex

End the injustices in America, end the prison industrial complex

Calvin Ratana

February 19, 2014

After years of violating human rights, California’s prison addiction has been called out by the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court found that California’s overcrowded prisons violated human rights and has ordered Governor Jerry Brown to reduce the prison population. Brown asked for an extensio...

New prison population reduction law is a step in the right direction

New prison population reduction law is a step in the right direction

Calvin Ratana

September 23, 2013

In an effort to comply with a federal court demand for California to reduce its prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law with two plans to reduce the population size in prisons. The law orders either the relocation of non-violent prisoners to mental health and substance abuse facilities or the relocation of pris...

Solitary confinement has to be reformed

Solitary confinement has to be reformed

Lisa Anderson

September 10, 2013

On the surface, the debate of solitary confinement is about torture, but this is only part of a bigger issue. Are some people actually deserving of this treatment, even if it is a form of torture? The California prison hunger strike in opposition to solitary confinement recently ended on Sept. 5, but the matter is far...

Destruction in 1992 L.A. Upheaval: How law enforcement let the largest urban riot/rebellion rage on

Hansook Oh

April 29, 2012

Twenty years ago, our city convulsed with a tremor that could not be measured on the Richter scale. Fifty-three lives were lost, thousands were injured and property damage equaled $1 billion. The livelihoods of immigrants and small business owners – their American dream – were destroyed in the blink of an eye.The upheaval which occurred during the last week of April means dif...

Prisoners can’t vote, but do count

Alexandra Brell

April 14, 2010

Ten years ago, I did not think twice about the census. I filled it out and sent it in, no questions asked. However, this time, I got to thinking about the logistical nightmare in attempting to count every single body, especially the hard-to-reach people like the homeless. Another group then crossed...

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