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Yong Yang

Yang, 40, was killed on May 2 after allegedly wielding a kitchen knife toward officers responding to reports of a mental health episode. Yang’s parents called the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) due to the erratic behavior of their son, who suffers from Schizophrenia and bipolar. Yang was to be placed under a 72-hour mental evaluation […]

SF Police Officers Charges for Voluntary Manslaughter Dropped

San Fransisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins just dismissed charges in all three police shooting cases brought by her predecessor Chesa Boudin for the fatal 2017 shooting of Sean Moore. Sean Moore was shot by an SF police officer in January 2017 and would later from his wounds three years later. Officers claimed that Moore had […]

“California Invests in Education for Incarcerated Youth”

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California’s youth justice system is undergoing significant reforms, with a focus on improving educational opportunities for young people in lockups. The recently signed state budget allocates funds to higher education initiatives and enhances oversight of juvenile court schools within youth detention facilities. While the investment is modest due to budget constraints, it represents a crucial […]

Prison Health Data

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Analysis from Data For Democracy – Prison Health: A Deep Dive into the Healthcare of the US Jail System With the United States having the highest number of incarcerated individuals globally, the provision of healthcare services within prisons has a direct impact on a significant portion of the population. In this article, Data For Democracy […]

“CA Supreme Court rejects disability advocates’ bid to block Newsom mental health court”

Via The Sacramento Bee “Gov. Gavin Newsom will be allowed to establish a system of mental health courts after a lawsuit brought by disability rights advocates failed to block it from moving forward. The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled it would not prevent California counties from implementing Newsom’s Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment, or CARE, […]

“Why California’s much-touted CARE Court is ‘no one-and-done program'”

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According to this publication by the state of California, the following describes Governor Newson’s new plan to get Californians in crisis off the streets and into housing, treatment, and care – but if you’re only going to read one bullet point, skip to the last… ● Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Court is a […]

A Look At Recent Research Shows That Youth Incarceration Continues To Fail Kids And Their Communities, While Negatively Impacting Public Safety

“Jurisdictions should invest in community-based alternatives to incarceration that improve outcomes for kids while also saving the government money — strategies like offering wraparound services, with focused, individualized care plans, to kids and their families. One such program, Wraparound Milwaukee, works with 1,000 young people with serious psychological needs, 40 percent of whom have been […]

Fresno Police Officers Facing Disciplinary Action for Police Misconduct

(Fresno, CA) Three Fresno police officers were fired in the third quarter of 2022 as part of 15 disciplinary actions, according to a report released Monday. The reasons for the terminations and the names of the officers were not included in the quarterly report from the city’s Office of Independent Review, which is headed up […]

To Dismantle the Prison System, We Need Viral Justice

This TIME essay by Ruha Benjamin, internationally recognized writer, speaker, and professor of African American Studies at Princeton University paints a picture of how swiftly her younger brother, a black young man with schizophrenia, was criminalized instead of being connected with the mental health resources he needed. Benjamin didn’t get access to mental health care […]