Los Angeles City Councilmembers Cardenas and Parks Introduce Motion to End Truancy Tickets for Students on Their Way to School
During the past two years, the Los Angeles City Council in conjunction with the LAPD, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), County courts, other regional government agencies and community groups including: Public Counsel, ACLU of Southern California and the Community Rights Campaign, have been collaborating to revise existing LAPD procedures aimed at reducing the number of daytime curfew tickets issued. Cárdenas' motion seeks to amend Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 45.04, which imposes a daytime curfew on youth under the age of 18.
Publication Date:Sep 16 2011
The LAPD has agreed to a number of important concessions, but we still have work to do.
Youth Justice Coalition has been fighting hard to reform the law that determines youth sentencing. The YJC feels that it is a basic human right not to sentence a youth to a life sentence. While they feel very disappointed in the difficulty in passing this small reform to the bill, it now stands that they are one vote away! It is a small reform, which allows the right to petition after 15 years served. This matter will come up to another vote at the beginning of September.
Community Rights Campaign guest blog by author Annette Fuentes on the August 23rd Truancy Task Force
On August 23rd, the Community Rights Campaign was featured in the newest California Endowment Foundation article written by Annette Fuentes, a journalist and author of the recently published book about punitive school discipline and security policies, "Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse." Ms. Fuentes recounts the testimony of parents, students and school administrators to the Los Angeles County Educational Coordinating Council's Truancy Task Force at a recent Community Hearing hosted by the Community Rights Campaign and presided by Judge Nash of the Juvenile Informal Court.
In Los Angeles County, during the years of 2005 to 2009, there were over 47,000 youth cited under the "Daytime Curfew Law" Municipal Code 45.04. 88% of the youth cited were Black and Latino students yet they only made up 74% of the school age population. For the first time, Community Rights brought together students, their families and administrators to hear the private impact of the ongoing criminalization of tardiness and truancy.
Key documents and letters #7: LAPD issues a notice to clarify the objective of the daytime curfew (April 2011)
Publication/Circulation Date:Apr 23 2011
In LA Times, HuffPo, Colorlines, LAPD "Truancy" Ticketing Victory Reaches City Hall, Cardenas Responds
by Daniel Kim
As news of our "truancy" ticket victory rolled through local and national media. the Community Rights Campaign carried the momentum of our coalition into City Hall on Monday, where Councilmember Cardenas presided over an unprecedented meeting where community voices were heard, and councilmembers were moved.
"The Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to avoid ticketing tardy students who are on their way to school, lawyers and advocates for students announced Thursday."