Kamala Harris Unveils Justice Reform Plan Focused on Youth and Families
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris rolled out a criminal justice reform plan Monday that focused heavily on youth justice and child welfare issues. Harris’s plans aligns with several fellow Democrats on proposing reforms to the juvenile justice system, but she is the first in the crowded Democratic primary field to talk about addressing some child welfare issues.
Despite Controversy, Kamala Harris Made Youth Justice a Priority in California
Back in 2015, when serving as the attorney general of California, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris decided to make justice for children a priority of her office’s work.
From Interns to Influencers: Foster Youth Internship Program a Growing Force on Federal Policy
Tiffany Boyd, a former foster youth from Long Beach, Calif., had been interning in the office of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) all summer. But save a “Hello” here and a “Good morning” there, she hadn’t yet had occasion to speak with her summer employer, who sits on several committees and keeps a hectic travel schedule.
California Attorney General: Too Many Young Kids Missing School
About 7 percent of California’s elementary school students — or 210,000 schoolchildren in the state — were “chronically absent” from school last year, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. According to estimates in a report on truancy and chronic absenteeism in the state’s elementary schools, “chronically absent” students missed school at least 10 percent of all school days during the 2015-16 school year.
California AG Harris Issues Educational Data-Sharing Guidelines for Foster Youth
California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued guidelines aimed at supporting the educational success of foster youth through improved data sharing. An agreement between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the California Department of Education and the state’s Bureau of Children’s Justice is designed to promote the increased sharing of secure information between schools and child-welfare agencies in the state.
Senate Contender Sanchez Touts Record on Children’s Issues
California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is vying to replace longtime United States Senator Barbara Boxer (D) and become the first Latina ever to serve in the United States Senate. Sanchez earned 19 percent of the vote in the June 7 primary election, finishing second behind frontrunner and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who tallied more than 40 percent of the vote.
California Bureau of Children’s Justice Launches Five Investigations
More than a year after creating the Bureau of Children’s Justice, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced five investigations across the state, including examining how counties report child abuse, excessive force at juvenile detention centers, the actions of school police and school discipline practices for special education students.
Communities Come Together to ‘Change Minds’ About Child Trauma
Projected on the enormous screen at the front of the room was a blue-tinged image of a brain scan with a seemingly simple phrase next to it: “Changing Minds.” The striking image and accompanying messages are still being developed by national nonprofit Futures Without Violence (Futures) for a public outreach campaign about the complex issue of childhood trauma.
California Attorney General Releases OpenJustice v1.1
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the release of version 1.1 of the online resource OpenJustice, which forms the newest part of her criminal justice transparency initiative. According to the OpenJustice website, the initiative is “led by the California Department of Justice that publishes criminal justice data so we can understand how we are doing, hold ourselves accountable, and improve public policy to make California safer.”
In School + On Track 2015
Attorney General’s 2015 Report on California’s Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis California is starting to take notice that improving elementary school attendance is a critical piece of a smart, cost-effective approach to economic development, public health and public safety.