June 2 2016

Fusion – These kids needed help, not a prison sentence


…Today, California is one of 16 states, including Washington D.C. and Florida (the worst offender, numerically), that allow direct filing. The problem with this practice isn’t just that it denies young people a second chance. It also disproportionately impacts youth of color and is used more frequently in poor rural counties, according to the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice…

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