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Public News Service - CA: Youth Issues

Statistics show that county juvenile facilities in California are only at 40 percent capacity, and that drop in population has coincided with falling crime rates. (L.A. Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new report says the current juvenile probation system just doesn't work - and should be revamped to focus on helping kids rather than punishing them and making them comply with complex rules. The study explored ways of effectively modernizing probation for young people

Immigrant advocacy groups say that the country is at a crossroads when it comes to immigration, leaving hundreds of thousands unsure of their future. (Joe PIette/flickr)

By Mark Hedin, Ethnic Media Services / Broadcast version by Stephanie Carson Reporting for the Ethnic Media Services-California News Service Collaboration SAN FRANCISCO – Warning that the country is heading down a white-nationalist, nativist path, four immigrant-rights advocates issued a call

50,000 California DACA recipients are parents to U.S.-born children. (avidcreative/iStockphotos)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Almost 250 California businesses and children's groups have just sent a joint letter to the state's members of Congress, urging them to pass the Dream Act, which would give certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children a work permit and

A new report shows that Asian and white children in California score significantly higher on measures of well-being compared to American Indian, Latino and African American kids. (Latino Outdoors)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California has improved child well-being significantly since 2014 - but still needs to shrink the severe racial disparities that persist, according to a new report. The "2017 Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation comes out every three years and the la

The Monarch butterfly thrives among flowering plants like milkweed. (Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Monarch butterflies have declined by 90 percent over 20 years, felled by pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. They're considered a sentinel species, whose fate mirrors that of many insects. Now, backers of a program to greatly expand all pollinators' range say it's about

Before Sacramento County repealed its fees, the average juvenile probation case could generate $5,640 in fees, according to a new report.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

California educators say it'll take more than an apple a day to fight changes to immigration and education policies that are affecting public schools. (Jmiltenburg/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Hundreds of educators are marching today - Cesar Chavez Day - in Sacramento to show their solidarity with immigrants in California and to oppose the immigration and education policies of the Trump administration. The march and rally kick off the 75th annual convention of the Ca

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