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Members of the Contra Costa County public defenders office at an action in Martinez in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan M. Martin.

County supervisors approve task force to combat criminal justice racial disparities

Last Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took a step towards examining racial disparities in the county’s criminal justice system. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 12, the board unanimously approved...
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Once behind bars, group advocates for prisoners coming home

When the door opened at West County Detention Facility for Tamisha Walker, it was dark. After six months in jail, Walker was free. But she was alone. No one was there to pick her up....
THe West County Interim Housing Program in Richmond is at full capacity at 85 beds. The homeless shelter's director, Arturo Castillo, said the facility can accommodate the newly released ex-offenders after the passing of the Prison Realignment Act, but more funding is necessary to maintain services. Photo by Hasan Dudar.

Contra Costa homeless shelters unsure about effects of realignment

As the state starts to release prisoners into the supervision of the counties, Contra Costa County’s homeless shelters – where former prisoners often end up because they don’t have family or their identity reestablished upon...
Johnathan Wilson, Prison University graduate.

Prison University at San Quentin Prison

An innovative and in many ways unique educational program is flourishing on the other side of the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, in an institution through which many of Richmond's sons have cycled over the years.