How a Diversion Program in South L.A. Hopes to Break the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline
When Karina Cabrera first sat down with Angelica,* a 15-year-old enrolled in a juvenile diversion program at Centinela Youth Services (CYS), the case manager remembers the youth’s icy stare and clipped answers.
Nonprofit Steps Up for Crossover Youth in Los Angeles County
On paper, the profile of young people caught up in both the juvenile justice and foster care systems in Los Angeles County is disheartening. “Crossover youth,” as they are referred to, are likely to have experienced abuse or neglect, to have been arrested for a violent or threat-related offense while living in a group home, and to have substance abuse and mental health issues.