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Jennifer Rodriguez

9/30/2020

Some U.S. Probation Officials Want to ‘Blow Up’ Their Systems
Pedestrians walking past the Kings County Family Court Building on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Photo: Hiram Alejandro Durán

The common image of a probation department is a bland government building where a stern man sits with a clipboard, tapping his watch, waiting for an accused person to show up and explain if they’ve complied with a stay-out-of-trouble plan.

9/29/2020

In Midst of Coronavirus, Let’s Redouble Our Efforts to End Incarceration for Girls

As advocates for community-based alternatives to incarceration and policing, we’re pleased to see how Santa Clara County and some other jurisdictions are acting with surprising speed and resolve to reduce the populations in their juvenile justice facilities, especially for girls and gender expansive youth of color.

9/28/2020

Gov. Newsom Rejects Bill to Protect Young Adults in Foster Care During Future Crises
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on across the country, Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that promised to protect young adults in California’s foster care system during future declared states of emergency, describing it as potentially imprudent and ineffective. 

9/28/2020

Riverside Families Seek Reimbursement for Illegal Juvenile Jail Fees

The families of children in Riverside County juvenile detention went to court Monday seeking reimbursement of millions of dollars in fees their lawyers say were illegally charged. 

The Western Center on Law & Poverty and the National Center for Youth Law, representing the locked-up youths’ families, filed an amended complaint in their existing lawsuit against the county, charging that although Riverside stopped collecting the administrative fees in April, that was not sufficient.

9/27/2020

Suicide Looms Large in Minds of Many Foster Youth

As a kid, Ed Shoemaker liked the outdoors. So when his mother suggested they go camping – putting him in the back of her SUV in the driveway with a blanket, flashlight and a book – he settled in, content.

9/27/2020

New Study Confirms Risk of Prenatal Cannabis Use

A new study on mothers’ use of marijuana during pregnancy found links to a small increase in the child’s risk of developing a range of problems, including psychopathology, low birth weight and sleep problems.

9/27/2020

New York Marches to Ensure Black Foster Youth Aren’t Forgotten

In a public demonstration of their presence and pain, dozens of young people and their supporters gathered under bright New York skies Saturday for what they billed as the first-ever march for Black foster youth.

Youth Services Insider

9/25/2020

Ohio Senate Seeks Ban on Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Ohio made a strong move Wednesday toward becoming the 24th state to ban sentences of life without parole for crimes committed when the defendant was a juvenile.

The handful or two of people already serving such sentences in Ohio, and a number of others serving de facto life sentences, could be eligible for parole if the bill is passed by the Ohio House and signed into law.

9/24/2020

Survey Finds Black and Native Foster Youth Bearing the Brunt of Coronavirus in Minnesota

More than 80% of Minnesota current or former foster youth have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and the fallout has been disproportionately borne by African Americans and American Indians, according to a report released today by the Foster Advocates, a St.