In the September, 2017, death of Marcellus Toney, there is one thing that is undeniable: He died in police custody after he was hit by a Taser. But exactly why he died and who is liable for his death is still unclear.
Incarceration doesn’t just affect the incarcerated, it alters the lives of their loved ones as well. Families struggle to maintain these relationships because of the financial and emotional burdens that the prison system places on them.
Community Works is a nonprofit organization in Oakland that provides services for formerly incarcerated people. These include parenting classes and groups that help men discuss ways they can overcome “toxic” masculine behaviors. For the past year, Community Works has hosted a weekly “restorative justice circle,” also known as a “citizens’ circle,” in their office for people…
Captain Tony Jones of the Oakland Police Department spoke at a city council meeting in September about the number of abandoned cars in East Oakland. A large number of the homeless people who live in their cars have complained that their cars, which serve as their shelters, are being towed.
Former Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deputies face both a federal civil suit and criminal charges in Alameda County for allegedly “gassing” inmates at the Sheriff’s Santa Rita jail in Dublin.
The members of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) provides legal advocacy and works to create policies that will positively affect those who are in prison or have recently been released from it.
Life is hard enough as it is for Oakland’s homeless encampment residents. Adding to the long list of adversities, however, is petty theft and other low-level crime. And that’s just the beginning of it.