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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2018 


The Senate votes to withdraw funding for the Saudi war in Yemen. Also on the Friday rundown: the Global Climate Conference reinforces the need for grassroots movements; and could this be the most wasteful time of year?

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Public News Service - CA: Juvenile Justice

Statistics show that children of color are much more likely to be referred for prosecution compared with their white peers. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juvenile-justice groups are planning to pack a public hearing today in Sacramento - to support a bill that would ban criminal prosecution of children under 12 unless they're charged with murder or rape. Senate Bill 439 will be considered by the Assembly Public Safety Com

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

Before Sacramento County repealed its fees, the average juvenile probation case could generate $5,640 in fees, according to a new report.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

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