Screen shot from Bernie Sanders' rally in Santa Monica, California, on June 7.
08 Jun 2016

Sanders Encourages Struggle Against Establishment Politics To Continue

“The struggle continues,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders declared in a speech, which capped off his statewide campaign in California. He described the struggle broadly as one for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. Sanders also noted he has overwhelmingly won young people in the majority of the United States.

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On March 20, 2015, activists from the Crunch Nestlé Alliance blockaded the Nestlé water bottling factory in Sacramento, California. (Indybay)
27 Nov 2015

California Activists Target Nestlé, The ‘Grinch’ That Stole Water

“In 2014 alone an estimated 28 million gallons were … sold under Nestlé’s Arrowhead brand,” noted one environmental group that’s suing the company.

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Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) | Photo from CURB report on jail spending
15 Oct 2015

Despite Prop 47, California Continues to Invest In Incarceration

California fails to take advantage of opportunities to reduce their inmate population, according to an annual report published by prison reform group Californians United For A Responsible Budget (CURB). This trend occurs in spite of the fact that California voters passed Proposition 47 last year to reduce the number of people incarcerated

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Photo from Vera Institute of Justice report on alternatives to solitary confinement
02 Sep 2015

California Agrees To Restrict Use of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

California has agreed to restrict the use of long-term solitary confinement in a settlement agreement filed in federal court this week. Restrictions are expected to reduce the number of inmates in isolation, cap the number of continuous years an inmate can spend in solitary confinement to five, and establish measures by which inmates can more easily achieve release back to general population.

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A glimpse through the entryway of the Santa Rita Jail, photographed on February 15, 2013. (Flickr / Daniel Arauz)
24 Aug 2015

Inmate Claims Epilepsy Went Untreated At Santa Rita Jail

An inmate suffered a Grand Mal seizure after deputies at the Santa Rita jail in Alameda County, California denied his repeated requests for epilepsy medication, according to a federal lawsuit [PDF] filed against the county and various sheriff’s deputies at the end of July.

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File: A firefighter, seen in silhouette, battles a raging forest fire near Hyampom, California on July 30, 2015. (Flickr / US Department of Agriculture)
18 Aug 2015

4,000 Prison Inmates Fighting California Wildfires For $2 Per Day

With wildfires blazing throughout the parched Western United States, the state of California has found a novel, though ethically questionable, way to save money on the state’s safety budget: Send state prisoners to work on the frontlines fighting forest fires for $2 per day. About 4,000 low-level felons from California’s state prisons are fighting the fires, operating out of so-called “conservation camps.”

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A rear view of the Whitegate prison cemetery in West Virginia, photographed on June 8, 2007. (Flickr / Angie)
06 Aug 2015

New Report Finds Inmate Deaths on the Rise

Inmate deaths in local jails and state prisons are on the rise for the third year in a row, according to a new study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. The report, released on August 4, found that the number of jailhouse deaths increased between 2012 and 2013 even though jail populations declined by 4% during that time.

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