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LA County Sheriff Candidates’ Debates Sunday (4/13/14) and Monday (4/14/14)


Come out tomorrow and Monday for our next opportunity to push for change within the LA County Sheriffs' Department.    YOUTH JUSTICE COALITION PRIORITY CHANGES FOR LA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT    GANG DATABASE AND INJUNCTIONS 1.     Full implementation of SB458 – signed More info>

Please send NEW Letter Of Support for AB1756 re: Juvenile Record-Sealing


Thank you for all your letters and calls. On Tuesday, March 25th, AB 1756 passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee!!! AB 1756, the Starting Over Strong bill, seeks to eliminate the fee for juvenile record sealing and make the record sealing remedy equally accessible to all More info>

Get Heard by Candidates for LA County Sheriff – April 13th SF Valley and April 14th South Central LA


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Tonight April 2nd – Emergency Community Forum to Save a Youth Center and School in Watts


Last Tuesday, Mayor Garcetti held a press conference in the YO Watts Rec. Room, where a youth center has been operating for more than 15 years including INSPIRE High School for the past two years. The local City Councilman from Watts - Joe Buscaino (CD15) - used the press conference as an More info>

Donations and In-Kind Support Requested to Help Bury Ivan Santos, 20


Ivan Santos, 20 years old, was killed Tuesday night, March 25th at approximately 9:30pm near La Brea and Hyde Park in Inglewood, California. He was a childhood friend to several YJC youth. Please send support for the family to cover burial and funeral expenses, c/o Youth Justice Coalition, PO More info>

Letter of Support Needed for SB970 by April 1st To Severely Limit Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

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Please take a few minutes to send a letter of support in for SB 970 BY TUESDAY, APRIL 1ST in order to PREVENT AND SEVERELY LIMIT THE USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN STATE AND COUNTY JUVENILE LOCK-UPS. Directly below is a sample letter.  Letters need to be faxed to Senator Loni Hancock More info>

Tuesday, March 25th: AB1756 Will be Heard in Assembly Public Safety


Please push the California State Legislature to pass AB 1756 and eliminate the fees charged by some counties to have youth records sealed. 1. ATTEND THE HEARING, TUESDAY (3/25/14) AT 9AM, IN ROOM 126, STATE CAPITOL: If you are in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 25th, please attend the More info>

South LA Premiere of HBO and Sundance Documentary – Gideon’s Army

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GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. More info>

Sacramento Mobilization to Challenge Solitary Confinement in California!


On February 10, 2014, we mobilized to challenge solitary confinement in California. We held a press conference with Authors Senator Leland Yee and Assemblyman Steven Bradford and the bill's sponsors - Youth Justice Coalition, Ella Baker Center, Children's Defense Fund and the California Public More info>