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A Glimmer of Hope in the CA Budget

Jakada Imani | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Jakada Imani

Finally, there was a silver lining amid the bad news of the California budget. With the Governor's signing of the new budget, the controversial practice of time adds in our youth prisons will finally end bringing a sliver of justice and hope to California youth and families.

The Changing Face of California's Juvenile Justice System

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo In the coming months the state of California will see much of its juvenile state prison responsibilities handed down to counties. I...

California's Turning Tide on Youth Prisons

Jakada Imani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jakada Imani

Seven years ago, the Ella Baker Center's Books Not Bars Campaign started calling for closing California's youth prisons. People laughed in our faces.

Sentenced to Prison, NOT to Sexual Abuse

Jakada Imani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jakada Imani

Last week, a jury in Rancho Cucamonga condemned sexual abuse for children in prison as wrong and unjustifiable. The jury unanimously decided that the ...