Pick 6 (6/28/2015)

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Hello Friends. We’re back with our weekly feature–Pick 6. Our Pick 6 consists of 6 informative, insightful reentry & criminal justice-related news articles and commentaries that we’ve been following throughout the week. We welcome your thoughts and feedback, so don’t be shy!

1.) CELEBRATE IT: Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide (CNN)

In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory.”

***2.) HEAR IT: Accessing Education, Community Inclusion, a Challenge for Reentry Prisoners (KPFA)***

Listen to Root & Rebound‘s Staff speak on KPFA Radio about the challenges and barriers in reentry from prison and jail back to the community!

Root & Rebound’s Legal Administrative Assistant, Carmen Garcia and Founder & ED, Katherine Katcher speak to KPFA News Reporter, Saadia Malik about the experiences and needs for people in reentry and how education is one of the major keys.

We’re also excited to see long time Root & Rebound volunteer, David Basile share his thoughts and to hear more about the amazing work of the Prison University Project in bringing college level education classes to those inside San Quentin State Prison. Thank you to Saadia and KPFA for running this important story.

Please take a few minutes to listen and share the episode with your networks!

3.) REVIEW IT: Reentry: Helping Former Prisoners Return to Communities (The Anne E. Casey Foundation)

“This report offers technical assistance strategies and resources to reconnect men and women returning home from prison to their families and neighborhoods through employment, education, health and social services.  The report gives guidance on how to reduce barriers facing the formerly incarcerated, including access to housing, work, health care, counseling and job training. Policy changes that could help are highlighted. In addition, the report reviews supports available for families and children of the incarcerated to help address loss of income, emotional pain, disruptions in family life and social stigma.”

4.) READ IT: Report finds black adults in San Francisco face disparities in criminal justice system (KRON 4)

“In comparison to their white counterparts, black adults in San Francisco are much more likely to be arrested, booked into county jail and convicted, according to a racial and ethnic disparities report released Tuesday by the San Francisco Reentry Council.

The report, which looked at data from 2013, confirmed not only racial profiling on city streets but unequal treatment in the court system as well, according to San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who co-chairs the Reentry Council.”

5.) CELEBRATE IT: The Supreme Court Keeps the Fair Housing Law Effective (New York Times)

“Housing discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional to be illegal. That is the point of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday interpreting the Fair Housing Act of 1968 in accord with clear congressional intent, and preserving a well-established and critical tool in the long-running battle to ensure a more integrated society.

By a vote of 5-4, Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by the four more liberal justices, ruled that the law allows plaintiffs to challenge government or private policies that have a discriminatory effect, without having to show evidence of intentional discrimination.

Explicit, legally sanctioned racial segregation in housing may be over, Justice Kennedy wrote, but “its vestiges remain today, intertwined with the country’s economic and social life.” From discriminatory lending practices to zoning laws that favor higher-income home buyers, persistent patterns work to hurt minorities and other vulnerable groups the law was written to protect.”

6.) READ IT: Shorter California prison officer academy to start next month (Sacramento Bee)

“California’s state prison-officer academy will shorten from 16 weeks to 12 weeks starting late next month, four years after Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and California’s correctional officer union began talking about abbreviated cadet training.”

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