Kate McCracken: We cannot just lock these youth up and throw away the key. Correctional facilities, deemed the “parent” of these youth, must provide a safe environment for youth to be successful.
California Juvenile Justice — It is time to revisit this tool for keeping youth in our communities and not in state facilities.
Kate McCracken: The limit of available data inhibits our ability to examine various justice trends and influence state and local policies.
Kate McCraken: It is time for California’s justice system to progress into a 21st century approach that is fair, equitable, and efficient.
Kate McCraken: Counties that continue to rely on prisons and jails to contain their criminal element put unnecessary strain on their sheriffs. Criminal justice partners need to embrace county-specific interventions and apply community resources to reduce the use of incarceration and increase public safety.
Kate McCracken: In an era of Realignment where we continue to confine individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety solely based on their financial ability to post bail, we need to urge local practitioners to seek out these available resources.