CDCR inmate firefighters fighting out-of-control wildfires that are extremely close to them.
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CDCR Inmates Fight Wildfires for Pennies… Will They Come Home to Jobs?

California prison inmates are fighting out-of-control wildfires for a measly $1 per hour. Yet, CDCR promises to offer them NO help finding jobs when they get out. Let’s be clear. $1 per hour may sound like pennies to those of us on the outside. But, in a prison system where inmates generally make anywhere between […]

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The Reason Behind Oprah Winfrey Prison Story Pitch on 60 Minutes (Video)

Oprah Winfrey believes the use of solitary confinement deserves scrutiny, which is why she pitched a story about the topic for this week’s 60 Minutes broadcast. As a Special Contributor, Winfrey details how she ended up in a prison cell at the most notorious state penitentiary in America: Pelican Bay State Prison in California (PBSP). Oprah Winfrey’s Day in […]

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California Governor Gives Juvenile Murderers Chance at Parole after Serving 25 Years

California Governor Jerry Brown is making it possible for juvenile murderers to get paroled after serving 25 years. Murderers are usually given life sentences, but those that killed during their teens will have a chance at parole. This reform is coming on the heel of many criminal justice bills the governor signed into law on […]

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Law & Order’s The Menendez Murders: Does it Reveal The Brothers’ Secrets From Prison?

For decades, the Menendez murders have fascinated the public. Now, they’re making it to the screen again in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Lyle and Eric Menedez, were sentenced to life in prison without parole in the 1989 brutal murders of both of their biological parents, Jose’ and Kitty Menendez. There are still […]

In February 2014, Shadae 'Dae Dae' Schmidt had a stroke, but was still returned to isolation. She was found hanging in her isolation cell at CIW.
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CIW Audit Report: Why Women Are Committing Suicide in CDCR Prisons

A recent audit conducted at four California state prisons (CDCR) has caused lawmakers to call for reform. The audit revealed that inmates, especially women, are committing suicide in CDCR prisons at alarming rates. State lawmakers requested the audit after years of rising prison suicide numbers among California’s female inmate population. Conclusions from the report found […]

Shaylene "Light Blue" Graves added to the state's high suicide rates when she took her own life in a CIW prison in 2016.
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Staff Neglect Leads to State’s High Suicide Rates in California Prisons

An audit reveals that the suicide epidemic in California’s state prisons are caused by faulty leadership and oversight practices. This is leading to the state’s high suicide rates. Scott Kernan, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary, defended the CDCR.  Kernan claimed programs such substance abuse and domestic violence counseling, were developed to lower […]

6-out-of-7 prison suicides that occurred among women inmates in CDCR since 2013 occurred at CIW.
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Prison Audit: Why Women Inmates Commit Suicides in California Prisons

A new prison audit has revealed the reasons why more women women inmates commit suicides in California prisons, and what the state can do to halt the worrisome trend. Senator Connie Leyva requested that the prison audit be done when it became apparent that more female inmates committed suicide at the California Institution for Women […]

Susan Burton (left), Founder of a New Way of Life Foundation
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Ex-Prison Mom Uses Past to Fight Recidivism in the American Justice System (Video)

Susan Burton advocates for the end of mass incarceration after spending years incarcerated herself. Now, she uses what’s she’s learned as an ex-prison mom to fight recidivism in the American justice system. She shares how the traumatic death of her 5-year-old kid launched a chain of events which led her in and out of prison […]

Camp Grace brought kids together with the fathers in prison they've never met in person for 5 whole days.
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Camp Grace Gives Prison Fathers 5 Days to Bond with Their Kids (Video)

The Californian published a news report about a program for prison kids called Camp Grace. For five whole days, these children got to connect with their fathers in prison, who they’ve never met in-person…. until now. It was a week of joy and emotional connections when Camp Grace brought children of incarcerated parents together with […]