With Sentencing Reforms, the Distance Between Prison and the Job Market Is Shrinking

California’s Criminal Justice System Is Offering More Opportunities and Training for Lifers Like Me

This piece publishes as part of the Zócalo/The James Irvine Foundation public program and editorial series, “What Is a Good Job Now?” which investigates low-wage work across California. Register for the event “What Is a Good Job Now?” For the Formerly Incarcerated on January 24, 7PM PST.

During the past decade, California’s prison system has undergone a whirlwind of change. In part, this reshaping has come in response to federal court orders to reduce prison overcrowding and improve unsatisfactory living conditions.

At the same time, initiatives …

A Nonprofit That Teaches Law to Those Who Need It Most

In San Jose, California, Families Are Encouraged to Join Their Loved Ones’ Defense Team

When I heard about the suicide of Kalief Browder, a teenager who was charged with stealing a backpack and served three years in brutal Rikers Island until the charge against …

L.A. Regional Reentry Partnership Executive Director Peggy Edwards

Beers with Hillary Clinton, Joan of Arc, and Margaret Mead

Peggy Edwards is executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership. Before participating in a discussion of how redefining felonies will change California, she revealed in the Zócalo green …