Crime

Volunteer facilitator Christian Corral (right) guides Rudsdale High School students through complicated situations involving the law.

High schoolers take class to learn about the law and how it may affect their lives

Fresh Lifelines for Youth's Law Program offers Oakland high school students a unique opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system and how it might affect them in their own lives.

Abandoned or lost? Oaklanders living in cars have homes towed away

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...
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) manages and staffs its Santa Rita jail with ACSO deputies. Four former deputies allegedly assaulted several inmates in 2016, a new federal lawsuit claims.

Allegedly assaulted with human feces while in custody, Hayward man files federal civil rights suit

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.
Prison reform organization celebrates 40th anniversary. From Left to Right: Davey D, Michelle Alexander, Marc Lamont Hill, Vonya Quarles. Photo provided by: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Oakland organization celebrates 40 years of prison policy reform and legal advocacy

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.
Jazmyn Brown leads SHADE Movement's Human Trafficking 101 workshop.

Survivors of human trafficking take the lead on teaching about ‘modern day slavery’

“I always was ashamed, and I always thought of myself as a prostitute,” said Elizabeth Quiroz. “But now that I know this, I’m educating myself. That’s not what happened. I was a victim. Now I’m...

Formerly incarcerated students return to school

Last year in June, East Bay-resident Dieudonné Brou graduated from UCLA in African American studies. During his commencement speech, he revealed himself as formerly incarcerated. Even though higher education offers a chance to break the...

For East Bay immigrants, notary fraud is a common legal threat

Notary fraud is a common set-up in which notaries unlawfully give legal advice to immigrants, and in many cases, pretend to be immigration attorneys. The scam often involves the notary reviewing a victim’s case, choosing...
On March 8, supporters of Borey "PJ" Ai gathered in front of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, in hopes that he'd be granted a bond hearing. (Photo: Cecilia Lei)

Following Supreme Court ruling, Oakland group fights deportation of detained Cambodian refugee

On February 27, the Supreme Court overturned a 2013 ruling that allowed immigrants who have been detained for at least six months the right to periodic bond hearings. The decision is concerning for many immigrant...
Yolanda Banks-Reed, the mother of Shaleem Tindle, spoke to the BART Police Citizen Review Board during Monday's meeting and reminded members that she will not quiet until justice is served.

Family of man shot by BART police protest citizen review board meeting

Tensions ran high at the BART Police Citizen Review Board (BPCRB) meeting on Monday as the family of a slain Oakland man attended to protest the involved BART Police officer’s return to active duty. On...