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."
by Nicole Eng
Publication/Circulation Date:Apr 14 2011
Key documents and letters: The Public Counsel submits campaign's recommendations for drastic changes to truancy laws (Sept 2010)
"Alarmingly, the data we have reviewed to date shows that enforcement of the daytime curfew law is in targeted areas with underresourced schools and communities, resulting in disproportionate police and court contact, curfew tickets, and fines for low-income students and families of color."
Key documents and letters: CRC writes to LAUSD to provide feedback on the hiring of a new Chief of LASPD (Sept 2010)
"The Community Rights Campaign is writing to express concerns regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) hiring process for a new Chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) and important unresolved issues relating to police misconduct and accountability on school campuses."