KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Senior Correspondent, KQED NEWSROOM
Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.
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Stories (330 archives)
June is LGBT Pride month, and this weekend San Francisco hosts the nation's largest Gay Pride Parade. This year's events come at a time of extraordinary success for gay rights advocates. The gay and lesbian community in West Hollywood celebrated Pride recently with a mural unveiling at a Wells Fargo bank branch. It includes an image from more than four decades ago, part of a collection coming to light only now.
Later today, Republicans in the House of Representatives will choose a new Majority Leader. The winner will replace Eric Cantor of Virginia, who suffered a stunning primary defeat last week at the hands of a Tea Party candidate. By all accounts, Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield has the job sewn up. What might this mean for the issues California cares about? Like water, immigration reform, patent reform and high speed rail?
Hundreds of state prison inmates serving sentences like 25 years to life are getting released after having been repeatedly denied parole for years. It represents a dramatic policy shift on the part of the Brown administration -- and some Republicans in Sacramento are raising questions.
For decades, California inmates serving sentences like 25-years-to-life had very little chance of being released. Parole was routinely denied by the Board of Parole Hearings, or blocked by the governor. But in the past few years, there's been a dramatic change. Since a key Supreme Court ruling in 2008, the number of so-called "lifers" winning parole has steadily climbed. Since then, more than 1,700 lifers have been released - and the change is being felt behind prison walls.
For decades, California inmates serving life sentences with the possibility of parole rarely got out of prison. Most of these so-called "lifers" committed murder -- and most were routinely denied parole by the state. But that's changing. The past few years have seen record numbers of "lifers" getting out.