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Audit: California inmate behavior programs didn’t cut crime

By | February 1st, 2019|Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Increased efforts by California to change the behavior of prison inmates have not reduced the rate at which ex-convicts commit new crimes, state auditors reported Thursday.

The assessment relied on five-year-old data, prompting state corrections officials to say auditors may be drawing conclusions too soon.

The data used by auditors

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Lawyers on Race-Conscious Admissions: ‘This is Doable. But Also, Do it Right.’

By | February 1st, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

If part of the intent of the recent affirmative-action lawsuits brought against universities was to send a chill through admissions offices, it doesn’t seem to be working. Most of the discussion at a conference here this week on race and admissions was about how to do a better job bringing underrepresented minority students to campuses,

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When children formed a swastika with their bodies, it sparked a conversation on hate

By | January 29th, 2019|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

A black man stood to face his neighbors, choking up as he recounted how, every day, some person or another crossed the street when they saw him coming. In Ojai, a pretty place he calls home, people routinely ignore him.

A woman’s voice

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Immigrants affected by government shutdown could wait years for new day in court

By | January 28th, 2019|Immigration|

Alfredo and Claudia Valdez were an hour and a half into their drive from Bakersfield to a Los Angeles federal courtroom, brimming with expectation that a judge there would finally declare them legal United States residents.

It was early January, nearly two weeks

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Underrepresented Students, Unintended Consequences

By | January 28th, 2019|Education|

For the last five years, efforts to assess and “shame” selective colleges based on their enrollment of low-income students have worked — perhaps too well, two top economists of higher education assert in a new paper.

The study, a version of which was published late last week in Education Next, was conducted by

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Transgender Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is among many living ‘their truth’ on force

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Austin Guastalli never wanted to be “out and proud.”

Guastalli transitioned from female to male while on the force. He’s one of at least a dozen transgender deputies employed by the largest sheriff’s department in the nation, most of whom made the changes while on the job….

Los Angeles Daily News

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Under new law, training on transgender issues, sexual orientation will be required of many seeking to become law enforcement officers

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Those training to become law enforcement officers and public safety dispatchers in California will soon learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the academy under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.

Assembly Bill 2504, which was authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Cupertino), also ensures optional LGBTQ-specific educational training for officers already on

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How transgender inmates are treated has become a problem for police, so here’s what’s being done about it

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Complaints from two transgender women who were housed on the male floor of the Long Beach City Jail have spurred local police to establish a new policy on the proper treatment of transgender people who’ve been taken into custody or who are encountered by officers in the field.

The new policy marks the latest move among

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Elite LAPD unit disproportionately stopped black drivers, data show

By | January 24th, 2019|Police & Community|

To combat a surge in violent crime, the Los Angeles Police Department doubled the size of its elite Metropolitan Division in 2015, creating special units to swarm crime hot spots.

Metro officers in unmarked, dark-gray SUVs began pulling over drivers to search

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WHY DOES GAVIN NEWSOM WANT TO MOVE JUVENILE JUSTICE OUT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS?

By | January 24th, 2019|Police & Community|

While visiting a youth correctional facility in Stockton on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced his administration will begin legislation to move the California Division of Juvenile Justice out of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the same agency that oversees adult prisons) and into the Health and Human Services Agency.

Currently, 20 states place juvenile

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