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Giving Youth a Fresh Start: How Diversion Programs Disrupt LA's Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
9:00am - 11:30am PST
LA84 Foundation
2141 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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SCG, California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, and The Everychild Foundation invite you to a special program exploring how juvenile arrest diversion programs can transform the lives of young people and mitigate the long-term harm caused by justice system involvement.

As discussed at SCG’s recent Annual Conference on Closing the Opportunity Gap, systemic and institutional policies have led to concentrated poverty, housing segregation, underperforming schools, and mass incarceration in underserved communities. Residents of these communities, especially boys of color, are also over-represented in the juvenile justice system.

While many of us recognize the harm caused by the juvenile justice system and desire to improve it, our primary focus should be on reducing the system altogether. And that is where diversion programs come into play.

Diversion programs provide a fresh start by requiring young people to complete wrap-around psychological and academic services in lieu of filing formal charges.

In a conversation moderated by Scott Budnick, Founder and President of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, our panelists will explore how young people and their communities are far better served when they are provided with appropriate services at home instead of incarceration:

  • sujatha baliga, Director, Restorative Justice Project, Impact Justice and Founder/ Executive Director, The Paragate Project (@sujathabaliga #RestorativeJustice)
  • Jessica Ellis, Executive Director, Centinela Youth Services
  • Deputy Chief William Scott, Los Angeles Police Department, South Bureau (@BillScottLAPD)
  • Parent and youth participants from Centinela Youth Services

We'll hear how diversion programs can reduce the size of the juvenile justice population in LA County, produce better outcomes for both young people and victims, and result in millions in savings, which can then be reinvested into prevention services in high-need communities, thereby making communities safer.

We hope you can join us to discuss this timely opportunity to impact and heal the lives of our communities' youth at the local, county, state and federal levels.

This program is presented in partnership with:

@CalFund @CalEndow @CalWellness


No cost to particpate

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register)
Eligible non-members: register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact [email protected].