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Voters support prevention over prisons, poll says

March 10, 2011

By Daniel Weintraub

California voters think major reforms of the state’s criminal justice system are needed, and they support changes that would focus on prevention and rehabilitation programs targeted at young people, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey by Tulchin Research Co. of 601 registered voters found that voters favor prevention more than building more prisons and adopting tougher sentencing laws.

“They don’t have this mentality to lock everybody up and throw away the key,” said Ben Tulchin, president of the polling firm. “They see a need for reform, that the status quo is not working.”

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Sacramento office focuses on youth development

July 14, 2010

Sacramento’s Office of Youth Development — created as the only standalone city department dedicated to youth in the Sacramento region — has been folded into the city’s Parks Department to save money in tough economic times. But city officials and community members say they think the office can remain effective if it continues the kind of work that has been typical of its first three years in business.

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Anaheim program teaches music production to at-risk youth

April 25, 2010

In the music industry it’s all about who you know. And contrary to popular belief, not every kid in Orange County has Mickey Mouse on speed dial. An Anaheim program bridges that gap by helping at-risk kids learn music production skills.

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A troubled life turns around

February 24, 2010

Derrick Bedford spent his youth shuttling into and out of juvenile hall on drug charges. Now he runs a program that helps change the lives of troubled youth who are genuinely interested in change. He works in the same jail where he was once locked up. HealthyCal contributor Tony Wilson offers this video profile.

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Photo voice Fresno

February 23, 2010

Fresno youth are documenting the conditions in their neighborhoods with photos and essays as part of the PhotoVoices project sponsored by New America Media. This one is by Kevis McGee.

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Fresno Voices

January 22, 2010

Fresno youth are capturing their neighborhoods in photos and writing short essays describing what they see. We’ll be featuring several of these photo essays in this space. See Arena Phapilom’s essay in the Community Report.

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