L.A. County Youth Offender Housing Plans Stir Controversy
Jeremy Loudenback: Space inside the facility for family visits and services is limited, and rehabilitation is hampered by punitive design of secure units within.
California State and County Youth Justice Expect Major Changes
Jeremy Loudenback: Counties should be investing money from the state to build a greater array of therapeutic resources for these youth in their own communities.
Youth Probation Supervision Terms Tailored to Each Case
Jeremy Loudenback: Assembly Bill 503 compels courts to tailor probation conditions to be developmentally suitable for all youth despite their transgressions.
George Gascón’s Best Bet for Juvenile Reform: Code Switching
Eduardo Mundo: This amplifies the mirroring of the adult system within the juvenile courts because a more appropriate tone is not established.
L.A. County Failing to Keep Incarcerated Youth Safe
Shimika Gaskins: Imagine you are a middle or high school student, cut off from your friends and family, locked up in cells or rooms for hours, days and weeks without reliable access to teachers, arts, music or religious services.
Juvenile Youth Failed by County and State Oversights
Jeremy Loudenback: The state is prepared to send millions to create healthy rehabilitation models of juvenile justice, but locally administered programs must be genuinely and diligently overseen.
From Plea Bargain to Organizer: A Woman's Story
Amber-Rose Howard: Convictions in the “land of the free” carry lifelong consequences which bind people to stagnant living. People are locked up and then set free, only to be locked out of society altogether.
Home From Prison After 36 Years
Mark Vigil: The minute I stepped out of prison on April 21, 2016, I was greeted by my uncle David who drove me to a nearby IHOP to eat my first meal in society since 1980. I couldn't believe I was eating pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, orange juice, and coffee and not prison food.
Anthony Andrew Ferguson: Am I a threat to society? It probably depends on whom you ask. That is the million-dollar question. . . which the California Board of Prison Terms is tasked with answering during the parole suitability process.
Steve Grant: I would rather be a homeless man than to live where I am now, incarcerated for life in prison for a crime I could never consider inflicting on any human being for any reason at any time. I repeat and cannot stress enough, I am an innocent man!
Overcoming My Pride
Eved Romero: Where I was from, people who were “soft” simply didn’t make it, so I adapted to my situation. I put on a mask to guard my true self—the mask I would wear for many years, a mask of toughness, heartlessness, and ruthlessness.
Death in San Quentin
Juan Moreno Haines: Can you believe that some people on their websites have even declared that maybe Legionnaires’ Disease at San Quentin is actually doing the public some good by killing off criminals who are worthless anyway?
To All the Teachers Who Tried to Help Me
Ronald Patterson: I am here, sitting in prison when I should be out, following the inspirational teachings and high expectations of so many of my teachers who recognized my potential and believed I would accomplish many good things.