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  • Nevada inmates to receive kosher meals after lawsuit is settled

    March 29, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The Nevada Department of Corrections, responding to an inmate’s lawsuit, agreed to provide Orthodox Jewish inmates with kosher-certified meals.

    Corrections department officials said this week that the department would obtain rabbinic kosher certification of food prepared for those...

  • Inmates Celebrate B’not Mitzvah

    September 9, 2009 | 4:56 am

    Two women, identified as Carol and Pamela — not their real names — became b’not mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 5. Both are inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona, located about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The event is believed to be the first bat...

  • A Concert Behind Bars

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Most Jewish people I know have never set foot in L.A. County jails or a California state prison. Were they to do so, they would discover dangerous overcrowding in most penal institutions.

    They would see tens of thousands of inmates struggling to survive the daily routines of...

  • Holiday of Freedom Spent Behind Bars

    By David Finnigan

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The high concrete walls of the little-used cafeteria at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles hardly spoke to Passover’s concept of freedom found and bondage ended. But this is where a dozen inmates gathered for their seder, in a setting that cried out Egypt rather than the...
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  • Judaism Walks With

    By Mark Oppenheimer

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Mark Borovitz's memoir of how prison Torah study turned an alcoholic grifter and check-kiter into a successful rehabilitator of Jewish cokeheads, gamblers and other addicts is a blustering and grandiose book, marred by clichés and solecisms. And yet, I liked "The Holy Thief: A...

  • Sisterhood in the Big House

    By Rachel Brand

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As she enters her 23rd year in prison, Doris Roldan realizes that she has two choices: she can wallow in self-pity or she can continue to have hope.

    On Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, while standing in front of her fellow inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW), Roldan made...

  • Exodus From Addiction and Shame

    By Mike Levy

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    These are the Ten Plagues of Prison Life, and we take a drop of grape juice out of our cups for each: Damage left in the wake of destructive addiction. Abusive relationships. Low self-esteem. The embittered spirit. Wrong attitude. Weakening mind and body. Daily degradation....

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