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PNS Daily Newscast - November 21, 2017 


The Trump administration shows 50 thousand Haitians the door; also on the rundown; graduate students say the GOP Tax Bill is a primary concern; net neutrality in the balance today; plus a look at whether music can be a deterrent to juvenile crime.

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Public News Service - CA: Juvenile Justice

Before Sacramento County repealed its fees, the average juvenile probation case could generate $5,640 in fees, according to a new report. (JDAI AZ)

BERKELEY, Calif. – A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested - fees that nonetheless generate little to no profit for taxpayers. Researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Law fo

More than 70 percent of children recommended for prosecution in California are African-American or Latino, which exposes them to what some call the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to keep children under 12 out of the juvenile court system gets a hearing before the state Senate Public Safety Committee today. SB 439 would instead require that children 11 or younger be referred to child protective services and thus be spared time in juvenile ha

A new report says the state overuses suspensions for high schoolers, leading to more dropouts. (Darnok/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California could save billions of dollars by reducing the number of high school suspensions and favoring rehabilitation over punishment, according to a new study by the California Dropout Research Project. Researchers followed more than 100 randomly chosen 10th graders

Rights4girls says one of the main predictors of entry into the juvenile justice system is sexual abuse; a new law seeks to change those odds by keeping some kids out of jail. (Jose Pereira)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This week, a new state law is in effect aimed at protecting children who are victims of sexual abuse. Law enforcement officers in California no longer can arrest youth suspects for prostitution. Maheen Kaleem, a staff attorney with Rights4Girls, which advocated for the

A new study shows that the practice of charging youth as adults varies widely across the state. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The practice of "direct file," in which a prosecutor decides to file adult criminal charges against a youth, varies widely by county and disproportionately affects young people of color, according to

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has directed staff to look at ways to ensure better representation for youths accused of crimes who cannot afford an attorney. (Youth Justice Coalition)

LOS ANGELES - Juvenile justice advocates are praising a decision this week by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to look into revamping the way kids who can't afford an attorney are represented. Right now, if the public defender has a conflict of interest - say, they're defending another j

The ACLU has filed a suit with the California Supreme Court that could help Californians sentenced as kids to life without parole get an attorney and a re-sentencing hearing. (Arnoshwithal/morguefile)

SAN FRANCISCO - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court in San Francisco Monday with far-reaching consequences for the 255 people sentenced to die in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. The suit seeks a re-sentencing hearing for Leif Taylor, who has se

Juvenile-justice advocates are praising Los Angeles County supervisors, who decided this week to study creating a separate juvenile probation department. (Youth Justice Coalition)

Advocates for juvenile-justice reform are hailing this week's decision by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to study splitting the county Probation Department into two agencies - one for adults and one for youth. At any time, there are 17,000 young people on probation in California, with

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