I spent a day inside Folsom in 2003, and it’s amazing how much has changed for the worse even since then, when inmates were already doubled up in cells designed for one. Back then, the vocational programs were impressive and the gardens around the old prison were quite beautiful. The inmates took pride in them, but according to this story, they’re gone now, too.
Print and online coverage of justice, youth violence, gangs, guns, and the FBI
JUSTICE: THE SYSTEM, THE CONCEPT, THE REALITY
From overcrowded prisons to life without parole for juveniles and problematic witness protection — our justice system offers plenty to write about.
The guns of Pacific Grove: Unraveling a police commander’s arms dealings | The Monterey Herald
The silent empire: the state’s largest for-profit jail health care provider | The Monterey Herald (funny how they change headlines on the web for search engine optimization)
Experts slam Monterey County Jail conditions | The Monterey Herald
(yes, they re-named our newspaper)
Down for Life series | The Monterey County Herald Day 1 • Day 2 • Day 3
>>PDFs Day 1 • Day 2 • Day 3
Down for Life series | KAZU-fm Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3
Multimedia: A Long Night’s Wait at Salinas Valley State Prison
Since 2002, I’ve reported on the Nuestra Familia and the law enforcement efforts to bring it down.
The NF is one of the nation’s most violent and sophisticated gangs, a drug-dealing mafia that for more than three decades has exerted powerful control over the West’s agricultural towns. In the Salinas Valley, second, third and now fourth generations of children are literally being born into this gang and raised to be criminals. My work chronicles the gang’s power and a community’s struggle to defeat it.
Nuestra Familia, Our Family | The PBS documentary
Our award-winning film about a father, a son, a gang and the FBI.
OPERATION VALLEY STAR STORIES
The FBI’s largest case against Nuestra Familia, with trials still underway.
WOMEN, GIRLS AND GANGS
Girlfriends, wives and sisters are an integral — and often expendable — part of gang organizations.
GANG VIOLENCE – SOLUTIONS
When people ask me how to end gangs, I usually say something useless like “end poverty first.” But there may be more immediate hope for stopping some of the killings. The Boston Ceasefire violence reduction strategy is gaining support and believers. I’m one of them.
I also continuously cover solutions to gang and youth violence, as well as prison and reentry issues as my regular beat at The Monterey County Herald.
In the world of gunrunning, money drives the engine. What starts with an illegal but booming worldwide arms trade ends with misery around the globe – including teen deaths in Northern California.