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.
By Nancy DeVille
In the months since California voters approved an initiative that reduces penalties for some crimes, the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s office has been busy trying to reach tens of thousands of local residents who are eligible to have their felonies downgraded to a misdemeanor.
First Person, Tou Vang | The kNOw Ed. Note: A new set of California regulations aimed at ferreting out contraband in state prisons threatens to discourage visits to family or friends behind bars. The regulations – which require visitors of all ages to submit to a canine and/or strip search – will become permanent this year barring […]
By Ann Bassette A new facility in North Richmond will offer women coming home from incarceration a stable living environment, a chance to begin rebuilding their life and for some the opportunity to reunite with their children. The Naomi House, located on Fred Jackson Way in North Richmond, is a two unit duplex which will […]
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 […]
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 […]
News Report, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Near the gazebo on the Richmond Greenway at Harbour Way, small trees bagged in plastic were spread out on a bed of wood chips. Families and Richmond residents huddled together, examining the trees by type: cherry, nectarine, peach. The apple trees were long gone – they’d been snapped up by the […]
Profile, Pendarvis Harshaw In 2008, Reinaldi Gilder promised himself that he would never go back to jail. Since his release in December of that year, he’s not only managed to keep his word, he has also shown others that they can do the same. “Being on probation [is] kind of like being Black in the […]