Author: Heather Gilligan

Controlling the Silent Killer

When Cody Wallace heard that he had high blood pressure, he wasn’t too worried about the diagnosis. His doctor prescribed a drug to help manage his hypertension, one that he would likely have to take for the rest of his life. But he didn’t feel sick.

Study: Omega-3s May Not Improve Memory

Omega-3s fatty acids, found in foods like salmon, walnuts and leafy greens as well as fish oil and other supplements, are associated with health benefits including reduced risk of stroke and heart disease. The fatty acids are needed for blood clotting, building cell membranes in the brain and other essential functions.

Cooking Class Teaches Critical Life Skills

San Francisco’s Women’s Resource Center is housed in a concrete building near the elevated highway and across the street from the city jail. On a recent summer day, the weather was chilly, the center’s large classroom was cold and the small tables crowded. Most of the students were there to serve part of sentence for a recent crime. Some were just out of jail, some were on probation or work release, and others were ordered to take courses instead of serving time behind bars.

Ballot-mandated drug treatment cut, despite success

In 2000, California voters overwhelmingly approved Prop 36, a ballot measure that offers non-violent drug offenders treatment instead of jail. But now the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act is on life support, if not altogether dead, despite data that shows it has saved taxpayers money and tamped down recidivism among its participants.

Therapy to help close revolving door on prisons and jails

When California legislators decided that certain felons no longer would be held in the state’s overflowing prisons, they were under pressure from a court order to relieve the system’s dangerously overcrowded conditions. But part of their goal also was to keep lower-level convicts near rehabilitative programs in their own communities. Some counties are embracing the goal of rehabilitation, too, and are turning to local non-profits to help people convicted of non-violent, non-serious and non-sexual crimes start a new life.

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