San Francisco Chooses Punishment for Youth Instead of Services
It is becoming increasingly clear that political and law enforcement leaders in San Francisco have decided that one of the main mechanisms for dealing with vulnerable citizens is an antagonistic police presence and harsh responses to perceived crime.
Youth Advocates Push “Diversion” to Reduce Racial Disparities in Juvenile Court
A new study found that nationwide, there's an "unequal and limited use of diversion" efforts to keep kids out of the criminal justice system.
Calls to Release Youth from Lockups Due to Virus Threat Grow Nationwide
With most free residents across the United States keeping at least six feet apart, feverishly washing their hands and avoiding any social groups, 43,000 young people in juvenile lockups and prisons are living in coronavirus petri dishes that have become “brewing reservoirs” of infection, according to inmates and juvenile justice experts.
How to End the Era of Mass Supervision
Probation and parole started out in the 1800s as rehabilitation efforts that tempered punishment with mercy. With the advent of the War on Drugs in the 1970s, rehabilitation and mercy became dirty words, and community supervision morphed into community corrections, emulating its big brother the prison as one more punitive response to poverty.
Tomorrow San Francisco May Repeal and Replace Juvenile Incarceration
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to shut down its juvenile hall and leave in its place a plan that would largely rely on community-based services to deal with young offenders.
More Than 12,000 California Youth are Homeless. What’s Being Done to Change That?
On any given night in 2018, 159,911 youth younger than 25 across the country were homeless — 36,361 of them on their own. One-third of them were in California. As the homeless youth population declines nationwide, California remains the state with the highest population of people experiencing homelessness overall and the highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth, according to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment from the U.S.
California Weighs Cap on How Long Mentally Incompetent Youth Can Be Held in Juvenile Halls
With the deadline to sign legislation looming, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is considering a bill that would limit how long young people who are declared mentally unfit by a judge can be held in juvenile halls.
Getting into College Doesn’t Always Spell Success for Foster Youth
Outside looking in, you may think foster youth got it made. In California, youth in foster care are eligible for several state and federal grants aimed at helping them succeed in college.
San Francisco Faith Group Supports Foster Families
Pastor Philip Pattison may be a third generation foster parent, but it wasn’t until he and his wife went through the requisite coursework to bring a foster child into their home that they learned the statistics for kids associated with the system.
Center for Youth Wellness Seeks Toxic Stress Expert to Lead Science Department
The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), a San Francisco-based organization focused on addressing toxic stress and the study of adverse childhood experiences, is looking to add a vice president of applied and translational science.