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Contra Costa County jail officials are investigating a recent in custody death at the Martinez Detention Facility earlier this month. That inmate is the third person to die inside the jail so far this year.

"SFPD taking videos at police protest on Powell St", Steve Rhodes, used under CC license, resized and cropped

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

SFPD officers shoot, kill man in Bayview // SF Examiner

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oct 7, 2015
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California’s landmark renewable energy law to be signed Wednesday // Contra Costa Time

“In a milestone for reducing pollution and fossil fuel use, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign into law Wednesday a bill that requires 50 percent of California's electricity to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030.

The Corridor: documenting education in jail

May 4, 2015

Education is considered a way out of the prison system and poverty. Yet ironically, for some people education is more attainable from behind bars. Inside San Bruno Jail #5 is the Five Keys Charter school. It’s one of the nation’s first high schools within a jail, and the subject of a documentary now in production called "The Corridor."  KALW's Leila Day sat down with filmmakers Annelise Wunderlich and Richard O'Connell to learn more.

RICHARD O'CONNELL: It’s like a domino effect. Suddenly you have a different experience. And you experience that you can actually do things and get things done, and there’s hope. 

To hear the full interview, please click on the audio link above.

To learn more about the fundraising for the project click the link for their Kickstarter campaign : http://www.thecorridordocumentary.com/

The high cost of phone calls for inmates

Oct 16, 2014
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When most of us talk on the phone we don’t think much about the cost—it’s pennies. If we don’t like a phone company or can’t afford a plan, it’s pretty easy to ditch the one we have and get a new one. Talk is cheap, for most of us. But for the 80,000 people in California’s county jails, a phone call can cost more than $1 a minute.