This policy agenda identifies the steps that California lawmakers can take in 2018 to ensure that all our children have what they need to realize their potential tomorrow. Recognizing that children don’t come in pieces, the policy agenda highlights policies that support the whole children by lifting children out of poverty, providing quality health care to every child, ensuring educational equity, and transforming the juvenile justice system to focus on prevention and rehabilitation.
We, members of the L.A. Youth Uprising coalition, write to follow up on a coalition letter of February 1, 2019 (attached) calling on you to support a ban on the use of chemical agents in detention facilities for youth under the care and in the custody of the Los Angeles County Probation Department (“Department”). We applaud the February 19, 2019 action by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to ban the use of OC Spray (aerosolized oleoresin capsicum) in all Department detention facilities within the year. We also appreciate the Department’s recent release of data on the use of force, including use of force involving OC spray, against youth in your care in the last quarter of 2018.
As health reform and waiver discussions in California continue, efforts should focus on further improving children’s health coverage, enrollment, access, and care utilization.
“New Rights for Youth in Juvenile Halls, Camps & Ranches” arms young people, their families and advocates with the knowledge they need to protect the rights, health, education and safety of our young people locked up in local juvenile facilities. The new rights highlighted in this publication become effective Jan. 1, 2019 and are the result of 1½ years of advocacy by CDF-CA with statewide partners and formerly incarcerated individuals and family members. Read more
“Unhidden Figures: Examining the Characteristics of Justice-Involved Students in Los Angeles County ” sheds light on justice-involved students in LA County by sharing information on their array of identities and needs. CDF-CA has centralized a set of descriptive data in a robust manner to help spark conversations with students, educators, parents, community leaders, researchers, advocates, and decision-makers about how we may best serve justice involved youth in an education setting. Download
Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act in Los Angeles: A Case Study on Advocacy and Collaborative Reform
"Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act in Los Angeles: A Case Study on Advocacy and Collaborative Reform," written by CDF-CA in partnership with Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Urban Peace Institute and Youth Justice Coalition, tracks the history of the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention ACT (JJCPA) in California, and more specifically, chronicles strategies used in LA County to improve community involvement in JJCPA governance and spending. Examining the strategies and impact of JJCPA programs is critical to ensuring that both a county and its Probation Department are in keeping with updated research and wisdom about what works to promote youth well-being and public safety.