May 18, 2017: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Dubious arrests, damaged lives

May 19, 2017

FOSTERING FAILURE

How shelters criminalize hundreds of children.

By Karen de Sá, Joaquin Palomino and Cynthia Dizikes

The offenses begin innocently enough.

Kids watching a movie smear cake frosting on each other. A Monopoly game is overturned. A distraught child hurls whatever is within reach — a tissue box, a shoe, a blanket, dominoes, a cell phone.

In California’s shelters for abused and neglected children, these youthful outbursts can become crimes. The instigators of the cake fight are arrested and accused of inciting a mob. A girl who grabbed her stuffed bear and blanket before flinging books is taken into custody for assault. Another girl is booked at juvenile hall for battery after hitting someone with a pack of hot dog buns during a tussle.

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