New Approaches to Youth Justice: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Join the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara (LWVSB) together with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) for an interactive discussion about positive changes occurring in Santa Barbara County schools, public safety agencies, and with non-profit providers.
• Our juvenile justice system is transitioning from punitive to therapeutic approaches
• California is closing its few remaining youth prisons and turning over responsibility to local county probation departments to work with youth.
• In 2021, Santa Barbara Unified School District ended contracts with the Sheriff’s department to have officers at schools and raised funds to instead place more mental health counselors in schools.
- Holly Benton, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Santa Barbara
- JP Herrada, Executive Director, Co-founder, Alternatives to Violence Project, Santa Barbara (SBATV)
- Juan Higuera, Deputy Public Defender (currently assigned to the Juvenile Unit), Santa Barbara County
- Judy Lugo, Director, Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL)
- Eric Rodriguez, Education Assistant, Freedom to Choose
- Frann Wageneck, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services, Santa Barbara Unified School District
The panel will be moderated by La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Assistant Public Defender, County of Santa Barbara.
To attend this virtual Community Forum, register at www.lwvsantabarbara.org/Calendar
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