Remaking a Life: Inside and Out

I had been accused of a serious crime at the age of 17, and because the courts wanted to charge me as an adult instead of as a minor, I was looking at anywhere from 25 years to life instead of life until I was 25 . . .

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Barry Krisberg on Where Juvenile Justice Goes From Here Under a Trump Administration

Barry Krisberg has been advocating for progressive reform in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems since the late 1960s. He has seen the pendulum swing back and forth.
What does he say now?
“I think we’re moving into a nightmarish period in terms of the federal role in criminal justice . . .

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California Wraparound Program Reduces Juvenile Recidivism by Focusing on Mental Health

Manuel Dircio’s success story is a prime example of what YOW was designed to accomplish: promoting the positive development of juvenile offenders who struggle with mental health diagnoses, substance use disorders and histories of trauma by providing supports to manage these challenges . . .

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Sailing through Memory

My mind is somewhat of a junkyard, full of twisted metal and lost souls, and I sweat as I run from demons that pose as guilty pleasures. My future looks close, yet far, like a regatta waiting for me at bay . . .

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LA Drug Court’s Wrap-around Services Help Parents Quit Drugs, Keep Their Kids

“I didn’t know how to be a mom,” Lisa Galvan said. “I was used to being by myself. It was really hard for me to adjust and even for the kids to adjust because I never was around . . .

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A Day in the Life of a U.S. Teen: Diego Holguin

Diego Holguin is a 17-year-old high school senior who is very active in school . . .

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Programming, Connections Help California Youth Deal With Demons of Reentry

Near a wooden “Death Row” signpost towering in an orange-lit fog, 25 young people huddled together, smiling and laughing . . .

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California Legislature Orders Juvenile Justice Data Overhaul

Alex Sanchez knows the temptations of joining gangs for young Central American immigrants . . .

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Inside Out Writers: An Introduction

I was 15 and already convicted. Shepherded by probation officers up and down the halls at Central prior to any official sentencing, I was guilty before proven innocent — until the IOW program came along . . .

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California Law to Close Group Homes Stresses Importance of Family for Every Foster Kid

Katrina Alston wasn’t trained as a therapist, social worker or anything of that nature when she worked at a Pasadena, California, group home for emotionally troubled teenage girls in the Los Angeles County foster care system. She simply went through a weeklong training process and two weeks of job shadowing . . .

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