Capstone students consider the future of mass incarceration in the U.S.

Every semester students at California State University, Monterey Bay take part in Capstone courses. This spring, some students from the School of Humanities and Communication, explored the theme of the Year 2050 in their Capstone experience.

Advocating for Project Rebound at CSU Monterey Bay

Project Rebound started in 1967 at San Francisco State University by Professor John Irwin. Irwin created this program to aid in the matriculation of formerly incarcerated students into the University. Project Rebound attempts to combat the “revolving door” policy of the criminal justice system, or the likelihood of previous incarcerees to re-enter the system after release. The project has since expanded as a California State University (CSU) network for students to enter the university system after the criminal justice system.

The impact of SB54 in Monterey County

In 2017, Monterey County cities actively passed sanctuary city policies after the election of President Donald Trump. Now California has made its own move with a new law, SB54. Deemed the “Sanctuary State Bill,” Senate Bill 54 now puts an end to state funding to aid federal immigration authorities.

Anna Vasquez, Texas woman exonerated after nearly 20 years of legal battles, visits CSUMB for documentary screening

“Where did the story come from?” Anna Vasquez, a former Texas inmate of 12 years, asks as she stares out the bright screen with piercing eyes. “All I can do is speculate.”

Stolen Innocence: An update of the transfer hearing of AJ Gonzalez

It has been two years since AJ Gonzalez was arrested for the rape and murder of eight year old, Maddy Middleton. After an excruciating nine week hearing, Judge Salazar finally has decided whether AJ will be tried in juvenile or adult court.

San Antonia Four exoneree to visit CSUMB campus for Nov. 29 screening

After a 20 year legal battle, four Texas women who had been accused and convicted of raping two young girls, were formally exonerated in November 2016. The San Antonio Four, as they grew to be known, are now speaking out about their experiences, and are featured in a documentary: Southwest of Salem.

Prison hospice documentary sheds light on death behind bars

Most people do not imagine the stale, white walls of a prison cell when they think about where they will die. However, this is the reality for prisoners with life sentences and elderly inmates, both of which are growing populations in our U.S. prisons.

Stolen Innocence: An examination of the transfer hearing of AJ Gonzalez

Listen to the latest podcast by Aaisha Ahad about the transfer hearing of AJ Gonzalez, the young man accused of murdering a 8-year-old Santa Cruz girl in 2015.

Prison Terminal documentary screening

Join us Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the UC Living Room, for a screening of the Academy Award nominated short documentary, Prison Terminal. The film highlights the final days of Jack Hall, an Iowa man serving life for murder, and the importance of hospice and end-of-life care in prisons. The director, Edgar Barens, will be on hand for a discussion after the film. The event is co-sponsored by the Otter Student Union. It is free to everyone. Free pizza!

Fall 2017 Justice Project

This semester the Justice Project welcomes Alex Jensen, Aaisha Ahad, Madillene Mora and Ryan Sigala (pictured above from left to right). In addition to offering two documentary screenings and community discussions, each student is working on their own projects. Topics include in-depth portraits of inmates in California prisons, examining the interaction between local jails and immigration officials, pregnancy and birth in California prisons, and ongoing coverage of Prop 57 and youth interrogations.