On February 17th and 18th, there was a two-day conference for youth who are involved in journalism programs throughout the state. The conference had workshops which were lead by professionals from the field, as well as key-note speakers that shared their wisdom about journalism. Young people from all over California came to Oakland for this event, and this video features a taste of how their programs are run.
Many people believe that laws exist in society in order to keep its citizens safe. When a person commits a crime, they should be penalized accordingly. However, there are some that are questioning if punishment is the appropriate way to keep people safe. After all, if the punishment cripples a person’s ability to return to being a productive citizen, is it really the best option?
According to the Los Angeles Times, community reinvestment is the key to reducing crime and violence. Instead of locking up the people who break the law, they are assigned projects or summer jobs to improve their community.
“Indeed, there is now sufficient evidence to support an entirely new model for countering violence — one driven by investment,” said Professor Patrick Sharkley, the writer of the article Community investment, not punishment, is key to reducing violence.
In Sacramento, organizations such as the California Endowment encourage restorative actions rather than punishment. One reason to choose reinvestment is the much lower cost. According to the New York Times, the average cost of locking up one inmate annually is $168,000, The prison population of California in 2015 was 112,300 people. According to the Orange County Register, California could save half a billion dollars by introducing new rehabilitation programs for inmates and ex-convicts.
In the Sacramento City Unified School District, there are some educators who hold similar views. Often, the teachers and school administrators have to strike the balance between restorative programs and punishment.
“I definitely think that the balance should tip in the favor of, restorative, reinvestment, supportive, as opposed to punishment,” said David Van Natten, Principal of John F. Kennedy High School. “Particularly in the context of school, sometimes a consequence is appropriate but that it’s a much better learning experience and it’s more likely result in long-term change if there is a restorative component.”
The American prison system has become one of the largest in the world. It is up to the people to decide what happens next.
The Verge is an art gallery that is free to the public. They offer classes on arts and crafts, as well as summer camps.
Sacramento housed the fourth largest Japan Town in the United State during the 1920s. Today the town is known as Old Florin Town. Explore in this video the untold history that many that still have a message today.
Did you know that Sacramento and many cities in the Central Valley ranked among the top in the nation in rent increases? In this video, we look at the statistics and how it affects people.
During the panel discussion for the 2018 Women’s March, some people of Sacramento were unhappy with some of the aspects of the last women’s march. This year, however, changed some of the issues people had with the march last year. Let’s see what the people of Sacramento think of the Women’s March this year.
On January 13th, Black Women Organized for Political Action organized a film screening of the movie “The Bail Trap” and panelists discussed the facts of the movie and advocating for SB10, that eliminate money bail in the state.
The California Wildfires have made national headlines.
First, the back-to-back fires north of San Francisco in October became the most destructive fires in California’s history. Currently, the Thomas Fire continues to spread near Los Angeles and is now the largest fire in the state’s history as well, a even more remarkable fact since it sparked in December, an extremely unlikely month for wildfires to occur. Some sources believe the fires might be associated with climate and others believe that fires such as the ones in southern California might become more frequent.