Please join us for our monthly Third Thursday Teach-In series, where we watch a documentary or short film and then discuss how we can act locally around the issues shown in the film.
This month the topic of the film and discussion will be children caught in the criminal justice system.  Since 1995, California law has allowed children ages 14 and up accused of certain serious crimes to be charged as adults (rather than charged in the juvenile justice system.)  But since then, research has shown that children are more likely to be rehabilitated in the juvenile system than in the adult criminal justice system.
For the film and discussion, we will have a special guest, Bridget Cervelli from Human Rights Watch, who will talk with us about state bill SB-1391 which would end the authority to charge 14 and 15 year-olds as adults.
The bill SB-1391 may come for a vote before the movie screening, with a hearing scheduled in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 8. You can read the bill's analysis at
Here is an excerpt from the bill's proponents' statement: "this practice [of charging some children as adults] has disproportionately affected Black and Latino youth. Just over the past 10 years, 50 percent of Latino youth and 60 percent of Black youth were sent to adult court after a transfer hearing, compared to only 10 percent of White youth for similar crimes. Some youth sentenced to adult prison may have committed very serious crimes, but they are not the majority. In 2015, about 72 percent of youth under age 16 were sent to adult court for crimes such as burglary, robbery and assault."
Whittier's Assemblymember, Ian Calderon, is on the Appropriations Committee that will vote on this bill. If you want to call him to tell him your opinion on the bill, his phone number is (916) 319-2057 (Sacramento office) or (562) 692-5858 (City of Industry office).
We hope you will join us every 3rd Thursday of the Month.
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