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For years now, the BSCC has allotted many opportunities to the LAC Probation Department – to take accountability, to make the necessary changes, and to prove capable of keeping our youth safe. The halls have long perpetuated unsafe living conditions and now a young person has died (read about this in our previous newsletter).

While this shut-down is good news, it is not the end of the fight-- kids are still being locked in conditions where they are not kept safe from unreliable access to toilets, excessive force, drug exposure, sexual abuse, pepper spray and other harms. Tauheedah Shakur from the Youth Justice Coalition puts these conditions into perspective, “If a parent lock

ed their kid in a room and made them urinate on themselves the kids would be taken out of the house.” Why does this standard not apply to these facilities? In order to ensure the safety and success of our youth, our approach towards youth in conflict must transition away from the punitive juvenile justice system and towards a restorative justice system. Things to consider:

​Juvenile Justice System

Restorative Justice Alternatives

Detention facilities have proven unsuitable and unsafe

Community-based orgs. work to keep kids with their families and in school

Can cause trauma

Provides trauma-informed mediators and counselors

Increases recidivism

Decreases recidivism

Perpetuates violence

Can address conflict on the spot and has higher rates of satisfaction

Criminalizes youth of color, most disproportionately Black youth, at a much higher rate

Focused support and services for youth who are criminalized at the greatest disparity

We know restorative justice works and that our youth deserve it. We will continue to work within our schools, with law enforcement, and our community to reduce arrest rates and keep our kids out of juvenile justice system. Learn more about the benefits of restorative justice and how it can keep our kids safe by registering for our upcoming webinar, "Safer Communities Through Restorative Justice". Registration here:



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