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OP-ED: In California, an Effort to Stop Locking Up Truants


With all the talk about ending the school-to-prison pipeline, many people may be surprised to learn that California still, in the year 2014, allows kids to be locked up for not going to school. On its face, state law prohibits this, but court decisions have created a loophole that allows incarceration when truants are deemed to be in contempt based on their truancy. Although a majority of California counties do not use this practice, a few persist in locking up truants. Senate Bill 1296 — the Decriminalization of Truancy Act, authored by state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, would close the loophole. It deserves widespread support. Continue Reading →

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Federal Grants 101

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Want to know how federal grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention work? JJIE explains in this animated whiteboard video. Continue Reading →

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Who’s Getting OJJDP Grants … And Why

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JJIE takes an inside look at the often inscrutable OJJDP grant distribution process. Using OJJDP data, JJIE created a searchable database detailing where each of the 2,721 grants went that were awarded between 2009 and 2013. Continue Reading →

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