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Sheriff Candidates Take It Personally in South LA

alled “Boxing for Sheriff: Business As Usual Vs. New Ideas,” the latest in a series of debates among the seven candidates vying to replace departed Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca broke out in a rash of finger-pointing, hot glances, and shaking heads appropriate to the event’s billing, though perhaps not its locale in St. […]

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Drug Enforcement Gone Wrong

Should we allow cops posing as students to trick kids into breaking laws? esse Snodgrass had recently transferred to Chaparral High School in Temecula and was feeling out of place and alone in 2012 when a boy named Dan, another newcomer, befriended him. Jesse, a 17-year-old autistic student, wasn’t good at making friends and he […]

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The Superpredator Myth, 20 Years Later

he New York Times reported this week on the “superpredator” myth, which 20 years ago led nearly every state in the country to expand laws that removed children from juvenile courts and exposed them to adult sentences, including life without parole. A documentary by Retro Report, The Superpredator Scare, tells the story of how influential criminologists […]

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Judge Finds Treatment of California’s Mentally Ill Inmates ‘Horrific’

ollowing weeks of graphic court testimony and chilling videos of inmates writhing in pain as they were blasted with pepper spray, a federal judge has found that the use of force against mentally ill inmates in California prisons is unconstitutionally harsh. Citing the “horrific” videos he viewed during hearings last fall and a wealth of other evidence, […]

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Community Advocates Asleep at the Switch?

Community Advocates Are Mostly Silent Regarding BOS Approval of Rental Assistance Restrictions ach year public housing authorities update the administrative plans governing the Housing Choice rental assistance program, commonly referred to as Section 8 housing. As a result of effective advocacy, our LA County Board of Supervisors two years ago eliminated the ban on such […]