DMC: Two young men in sweatshirts, smiling, pose with smiling blonde woman in black suit and woman in white jacket, black pants with red braids.

OJJDP’s New Definition of DMC Raises Many Questions for Harp at Conference

By the time she was posing for pictures on the stage of a Hyatt Regency Washington ballroom just blocks from the Capitol with two teenagers with oversized black hoodies that had the words “We Are Not Gang Members” emblazoned on them, the Trump appointee to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention had done a lot of explaining.

POPS: Man with white hair, glasses, light blue shirt standing against whiteboard talks to high school students sitting at individual desks.

Young Family of Prisoners Find Safe Space at POPS in LA High Schools

It’s lunchtime on a recent Wednesday at Venice High School. Twenty or so students are sitting at their desks with full plates of food looking up at the teacher. No one is looking at their phones. They listen attentively to the man up front, who is giving them a writing prompt.

Homelessness: Smiling young woman with short dark hair, dark patterned T-shirt and dark pants sits partly in sun on stoop; open mailbox, white fence, street visible on left.

How Homelessness Crisis in LA Affects Aged-out Foster Youth

Doniesha Thomas is in her bedroom, crouching on the floor and peering into a pet carrier that appears empty. “He’s in there, all the way back,” she said, reaching in to find the kitten she rescued from a nearby vacant lot the day before, though she says she dislikes cats.