With Prop 47, A Release from the Stigma of a Past Felony

For Kerry Walls, carrying the weight of a decade-old drug related felony was exhausting. A recent call to the Contra Costa Public Defender’s office offered a ray of hope. Walls was told he was eligible to have his two drug-related felonies cleared through California’s Prop 47, a measure passed last year that reduces some nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors.

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Richmond Grinders Capture Medal In Junior Olympics Nationals

The Richmond Grinders won a medal at the junior Olympics nationals in Virginia this year. And as their coach, I can tell you that what they accomplished is only the beginning. Their success is part of a bigger movement in Richmond and across the country, and its inspiration dates all the way back to the 1968 Olympics.

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Re-entry Center for Former Inmates Opens in Richmond

A new center in downtown Richmond aims to help individuals navigate the process of rejoining society after prison. The Reentry Success Center, which celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 13, is financed in large part by Contra Costa County’s prison realignment funds.

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Khalid’s Corner: Be a Leader!

I understand why some people might hesitate to use the term “leader.” A leader is expected to be brave, intentional, on point and real. You see leaders go off on their own with confidence and make things happen.

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How Much Sanity Is an Acceptance Letter Worth?

Five hours of sleep. Six hours of school. Two hours of community service because you can’t get into college unless you’ve raised money for a Third World country. Another five hours of homework because you thought you would be able to handle four AP classes.

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