By Holly J. Mitchell and Alex Johnson
When a child commits a crime, we cannot give up on him or her. Our laws, our morality, demand that we respond in a manner that will help the child grow into a productive member of our community.
As a California state senator and president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, respectively, we have spoken to youth who have been detained and placed on juvenile probation. We have met with families whose children have gone through the system. We have visited juvenile facilities across the state.