Posts Tagged ‘ California ’

Santa Cruz County elementary schools rank 3rd in state for truancy rates

October 1, 2013

Here’s something we definitely shouldn’t be proud to be a leader in – elementary school truancy. According to a new report by state officials, Santa Cruz County ranks number three in the state in terms of elementary school truancy. Yes, number three. California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office yesterday released a new report titled “In…

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Stanford Law School releases progress report on Prop 36

September 10, 2013

The Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project on Monday released its latest progress report on Proposition 36, which was passed by state voters in November.  California’s three-strikes law was long considered one of the strongest in the nation. Under the law, defendants could be sentenced to life in prison when they were convicted of a third felony,…

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Federal judge approves force-feeding of striking California inmates

August 19, 2013

A federal judge has approved a request by California state officials to force feed inmates if necessary as the statewide prison hunger strike continues on. Thousands of prisoners went on hunger strike more than 40 days ago to protest the conditions of solitary confinement and condemn what activists say is inhumane treatment in the prisons.…

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State Coastal Commission to investigate fracking in California waters

August 19, 2013

The state’s Coastal Commission is vowing to investigate reports of fracking in waters off the California coast. Jason Hoppin of the Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote about the agency’s latest meeting, held last week. “The decision came weeks after reports that the oil industry has fracked wells in federal waters off the coast, an activity that…

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Rolling Stone on California prison hunger strike

August 13, 2013

The hunger strike in California’s state prisons has been going on now for more than a month in protest of conditions in the state’s solitary confinement facilities. Rolling Stone’s Ryan Devereaux takes a quick look today at the ongoing strike and the dispute over an inmate’s death at the California State Prison in Corcoran. It’s…

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The architecture of state prisons

June 6, 2013

The wonderful San Francisco-based podcast 99% Invisible takes a deeper look into the design and architecture of all sorts of places and things, from specific buildings to topics such as how new postage stamp designs are selected. Recently, host Roman Mars and his crew took a look at the design of prisons, with a particular…

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Gov. Brown introduces revised California budget

May 14, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a revised state budget proposal today, one that’s lower than was projected earlier this year. He’s also cautioning against new spending, which the New York Times reports is “disappointing to Democratic lawmakers who had hoped that rising state tax revenues would finance social programs after years of austerity.” “The revised budget…

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The state of the U.S. mental health system

May 6, 2013

The May/June issue of Mother Jones magazine has an amazing piece by Mac McClelland that examines the way our country deals with mental illness and the many connections to the criminal justice system. McClelland writes from a very personal viewpoint — her schizophrenic cousin killed his own father in Sonoma County — and expands into…

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Santa Cruz Co. DA: Woman who made false rape claim at UC Santa Cruz campus will be charged

March 21, 2013

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee announced on March 21 that the woman who told police she was beaten and raped on the UC Santa Cruz campus in February will be charged for making a false report. Morgan Triplett, 20, a student at UC Santa Barbara, called 911 on Feb. 17, 2013 and reported…

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