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On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newson ordered forty million Californians to stay confined to their homes amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For the 130,000 incarcerated people in the state, the stay-at-home order is an enhanced health threat. The cramped and sordid living conditions of the 1.3 million people incarcerated in the United States have potentially transformed state and federal prisons and jails into penal petri dishes of disease and potential vectors for its spread on the inside and out to the streets.… Read the rest

This is my one hundredth Break Out Blog post. In the summer of 2016, I started writing without a true guiding compass. I had no specific plan for going forward, but I knew the subjects associated with prison reform corralled complex issues that needed to be changed in state and federal prison systems.… Read the rest

Welcome to the Break Out Blog. The purpose of this blog is to start a conversation about contemporary prison-reform issues. My personal points of view are a result of my firsthand knowledge of the California penal system, gained before, during, and after my two-year prison term. My twenty-one years’ experience as a trial attorney also influenced my decision to speak out on the need for legal and humanistic prison reform in the United States.… Read the rest

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