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.

Fewer DACA Students Enrolling in California Colleges

With President Donald Trump announcing his intent to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, college students in California fear this will affect their status in the United States.

Maureen Washburn (headshot) on policy and communications team at Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

More States Need to Halt Prosecution of Youth as Adults

This month marks one year since the passage of Proposition 57, a California ballot measure that prohibited district attorneys from filing charges against youth as young as 14 directly in adult criminal court through a practice known as “direct file.” The initiative passed with 64 percent of the vote, signaling strong popular support for curtailing prosecutorial authority and expanding access to the rehabilitative benefits of the juvenile justice system.