LOS ANGELES TEACHERS’ STRIKE

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS’ STRIKE

Yesterday, teachers in 900 schools across the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike, forming picket lines in the rain to protest unfair working conditions. For more context on the situation, we’re presenting a guest blog post by an individual with experience working as a teacher in the LA school system.  “If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops, oh, what a…

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ASYLUM SEEKERS’ STORIES FROM THE DHS “ICE BOX”

ASYLUM SEEKERS’ STORIES FROM THE DHS “ICE BOX”

Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein called for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s detention practices. In December, two children who were detained for attempting to cross the US border died while in government custody. As the department overseeing the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, the DHS has faced intense scrutiny for its role in these…

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WHAT THE FIRST STEP ACT MEANS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

WHAT THE FIRST STEP ACT MEANS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

On Tuesday, the First Step Act passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, 87-12. If it passes the vote in the House of Representatives, as experts predict it will, then President Trump has pledged to sign it into law. Proponents of the Bill praise it as sensible criminal justice reform. Among its provisions, it will offer a number of changes aimed at…

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UPDATE ON DIVERSION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

UPDATE ON DIVERSION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1810 this past week and it is immediately effective. SB 1810 is incorporated through Penal Code section 1001.36, which creates a discretionary pre-trial diversion procedure for any defendant that suffers from most mental disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual.  PC 1001.36 diversion is available where the mental disorder can be treated, and it played…

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