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May 19, 2017


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.

May 19, 2017

California's foster children are some of the state's most vulnerable people, and the trauma out of being separated from loved ones means they may develop emotional problems.

So some might act out.

In certain shelters and group homes around the state, that's led to children as young as 8 being arrested.

In 2015 and 2016, at least 485 arrests, citations and detainments were made for alleged criminal offenses by foster children in shelters and group homes.

March 20, 2017

NOTE: This Op-Ed was originally published May 9, 2016. Reposted here the same day Sen. Holly J. Mitchell held a press conference on her #EquityAndJustice package, which includes SB 180, which would reduce sentence enhancements for certain non-violent offenses.

By Michelle Alexander

March 14, 2017

NOTE: This story was originally published Sept. 19, 2016.

By Nashelly Chavez

At the age of 11, West Sacramento native Michael Rizo first entered the juvenile justice system after he stole something from his neighbor’s yard.

“I started messing up around elementary school, just started getting influenced by negative people,” Rizo said.