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Free Davontae Sanford Time For Change Bring Me Home Enough Is Enough !
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Sean McLean's first day of college at the University of Massachusetts Boston came on the heels of sobering news: The night before, he and his family were evicted from their home in Woburn, 9 miles north of Boston.
The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to ch...
Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal for a new housing unit on Rikers Island got its first hearing today, where advocates and former inmates warned it would lead the Department of Correction in the wrong direction.
Thirteen students trickled into a classroom from the yard — blacks, Latinos, whites, Asians, old and young. Nash, a tall guy with his dreadlocks pulled back, isn’t a typical college student. San Quentin is home to the Prison University Project, the largest on-site college-in-prison program among California state prisons. Inmates in PUP earn their associate’s degree for free, with volunteer instructors from schools like Stanford and UC Berkeley. Opponents of higher education in prison, like those who voted down a proposal in New York earlier this year, say it’s wrong to give a taxpayer-funded degree to convicts. Some are fine with providing remedial and vocational education, but draw the line at college, a commodity families sacrifice thousands of dollars to give their children. Advocates see inmate education as a question of helping people stay out of prison once they’re released, and furthermore, of putting communities more at ease about the formerly incarcerated returning to their neighborhoods. At the moment, he was working on one that combined Spongebob Squarepants and football, two of his stepson’s favorite things. Nearly two-thirds of California’s released felons end up back behind bars within three years, according to 2012 data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Inmates who participated in college programs were about half as likely to land back in prison than those who did not, a 2013 study in the Journal of Criminal Justice found. Even if they do return, advocates point out that inmates who receive academic or vocational education cost the system up to $9,700 less, a Rand Corp. study found. Tucked behind the baseball diamond in the prison yard, the classroom at San Quentin looked like any learning space: lesson plan on the whiteboard, periodic table on the wall, old TV cart in the back. Light blue uniforms, stamped “CDCR Prisoner” were the only outright reminder that PUP isn’t regular community college. On this particular day in late July, the lecture covered “The Affluent Society,” the election of John F. Kennedy and the civil rights movement. Without access to the Internet, most students hand-write their papers, and in lieu of online research, instructors print articles for students to read and cite. A lot of people have grown up in very restrictive — culturally or socially — environments where they haven’t been exposed to lots of different communities or cultures or ways of thinking about the world. [...] 1994, when tough-on-crime attitudes wiped out grants that funded college in prisons, many prisons offered higher education. In 1968, a study found that 75 percent of the prison systems it surveyed in the U.S. offered college courses. [...] up to 42 percent of U.S. prisons offer post-secondary education, but for many inmates, correspondence courses, for which funding can be scarce, are the only option, according to a report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Some federal grants are available to inmates under 35 years of age who are within seven years of release and who haven’t committed a list of specific crimes, including murder. The college program at San Quentin got its start in 1996 with volunteer teachers, just as classes at other prisons shut down. While that presents the need to fund raise to provide textbooks and school supplies, it also provides insulation from the politics of funding prison education. Many instructors had never met an incarcerated person before they started teaching at San Quentin, and they are asked not to teach differently than they would in the hallowed halls of their traditional institutions. “There’s this sort of running joke at the Prison University Project that it’s actually much easier to teach at San Quentin than it is to teach undergrads who are on their phone, or who might complain and haggle over grades a little more,” said Jake Martín Grumbach, a doctoral student at UC Berkeley who teaches American history at San Quentin. Others work as electricians and truck drivers, or are back in their communities doing social work, violence prevention and gang intervention. “The streets raised me and I became part of the criminal element, and that’s how I ended up in prison, through a long history of drug abuse, of accepting a culture that was not healthy, that was not productive, and not understanding why I was in that culture,” he said. When he got out of San Quentin, Mims worked to develop a program to combat human trafficking with Bay Area Women Against Rape. Lewen and her staff frequently talk about expanding PUP — she’d love to bring it to other prisons in California that are close to colleges and universities, but her first duty is to keep things going at San Quentin, she said. [...] in September, California passed a law that allows community colleges to receive full funding for instruction offered on-site in state correctional facilities, said Millicent Tidwell, the director of the correctional department’s division of rehabilitative programs. The California Department of Corrections now partners with 27 colleges to offer education in prisons, but most of the classes are taught by correspondence or video lectures.
. NATIONAL ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY IS BEING DEMANDED. IT IS A DEMAND FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY "ACROSS THE BOARD" FOR WHICH THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL MUST TAKE ACTION. A PETITION HAS BEEN CREATED WHEREBY PEOPLE MAY SIGN THE DEMAND. JOIN THE DEMAND FOR ACTION - SIGN IMMEDIATELY! www.change.org/petitions/national-action-against-police-brutality.