Incarceration

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.

Incarcerated people, parolees can’t vote in California, but people are trying to change that

Californians who are incarcerated in state prison or on state parole are prohibited from voting—which affects 162,000 people across the state. Taina Vargas-Edmond is seeking to change that with a grassroots initiative to put the...

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...

Past cannabis convictions can be dismissed in Alameda County–by petition, says DA

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...

Restore Oakland combines a restorative economic and justice

Several Oakland organizations are uniting to bring economic growth to the city by opening a community advocacy and training center in a renovated building on International Boulevard, in the center of the Fruitvale community. Restore...