Oakland

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCED BY STATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 1, 2015 (Oakland)--Thousands of inmates are set to be released from solitary confinement in California prisons, following settlement of a legal case reached between the state and prisoners held in isolation for a decade or more at Pelican Bay State Prison. Prisoners there spend up to 23 hours a day confined in windowless cells with no access to mail, the law library or other services. A United Nations official has called the confinement cruel and unusual punishment akin to torture.


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SAFETY NET PROGRAMS CURB CALIFORNIA'S HIGH CHILD POVERTY RATE

 

Lori Abbott, California News Service

March 2, 2015 (Oakland, California)-- One in four California children is living in poverty, but according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, those numbers would be much higher without federal safety net programs and tax subsidies.


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CALIFORNIA LABOR SEEKS TO BLUNT KOCH BROTHERS' INFLUENCE AND REACH WITH "KOCH SISTERS" ADS

 

By Tommy Hough, California News Service

September 9, 2014 (Oakland)-- According to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity, political networks funded by the Koch Brothers have already paid for nearly 44,000 television ads for political causes this year.


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