Khalid’s Corner: Thankful to Be Alive

In the past, I gambled with my life on a constant basis at a time when getting yourself killed was the norm if you dared to enter the street game. Once I thought I didn’t have to listen to sound advice anymore, I kept finding myself in deadly situations, in and out of jail.

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Prop. 47 Can Turn 2016 into the ‘Year of Mercy’

Pope Francis has declared 2016 the “Year of Mercy,” and that could not be more true for hundreds of people across California who are being redeemed by Prop 47. I’m not Catholic, but I am a man of faith who subscribes to the Gospel teachings of liberty and freedom from oppression.

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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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From Felony to Misdemeanor

News Report, Nancy DeVille

Kimberly Gamboa is doing her best to readjust to life after incarceration. She is enrolled in reentry programs, meets with her parole officer regularly and spends countless hours looking for employment. But, since her release in April, she’s only landed temporary jobs

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Local Program Lets Grads Leave Their Past Behind

By Malcolm Marshall “Lets give a round of applause to these courageous young men and women who took an opportunity to take a stance to make difference in their lives,” said Dewanda Joseph, mistress of ceremonies at the graduation ceremony for 19 students of the Collective Impact Institute. The students, ranging in age from teenagers […]

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Former Prisoner Finds Solitude, Joy, Working at Community Garden

Profile, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Brandon Clark, 25, loves being outdoors and meeting people, which makes his job managing the Edible Forest Garden on the Richmond Greenway an ideal fit. “This is the perfect location to have [a community garden] because of all the traffic that comes in and out of this place,” says Clark. “When you […]

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