Community Rights Campaign
Read a blog by Community Rights Member Elizabeth Chaidez on the human impact of incarceration.
Imagine being taken out of society, and forced to live in cell for 5, 10, 15 or maybe 20 years, or forever, for a crime you may or may have not committed. You do not have any human contact except when you are transferred from one place to another. However, when you are transferred you are handcuffed and chained by the waist like an animal.
The Los Angeles Times reports: While Judge sentenced him to five years, the actual sentence may be only two
Kern County is home to just 3 percent of California students, but last year was responsible for 14 percent of state expulsions
Poverty is soaring in California school districts, according to recent Census figures, with little relief in sight.
A group of young activists from the Bronx called The Resistance, say they're being deprived of a quality education, and they're prepared to fight for something better.
The increase in the presence of law enforcement in schools, especially
in the form of school resource officers (SROs) has coincided with
increases in referrals to the justice system, especially for minor
offenses like disorderly conduct. This is causing lasting harm to youth,
as arrests and referrals to the juvenile justice system disrupt the
educational process and can lead to suspension, expulsion, or other
alienation from school. All of these negative effects set youth on a
track to drop out of school and put them at greater risk of becoming
involved in the justice system later on, all at tremendous costs for
taxpayers aswell the youth themselves and their communities.