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Take Me Down -- An Essay by Corrie Dibble

I wake up every morning to the sound of blaring alarms. The lights flip on and the guards start their rounds, waking the dead with their screeching doors and microphone voices. 800 more words

Lifestyle

Counties Tell Brown They Need Money For Realignment Law

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has quietly visited 10 California counties this year to see how they are faring under his three-year-old realignment law, which dramatically altered the state’s criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments. 108 more words

News

My wayward cowboy friend and answered prayers

I want to share a letter and a bit of history… I got from a friend that is incarcerated in the State of Oklahoma. His name is Van and I knew him before the terrible fate of his incarceration. 1,510 more words

Just Thoughts

Governor Brown Issues 63 Pardons On Good Friday

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is keeping with his tradition of offering pardons to convicted offenders on Christian holidays, announcing on Good Friday that he issued 63 pardons. 115 more words

News

Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Costs In California

Well, this is a story I never thought I’d be reading.

In California of all places, prison doctors have sterilized over 150 women. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future. 302 more words

Law

Obama Seeks Inmates Worthy Of Commutation Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said Tuesday. 450 more words

Politics