Entries by Public Defender 9th Circuit

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Why There’s a Push to Get Police Out of Schools

At least two-thirds of American high school students attend a school with a police officer, according to the Urban Institute, and that proportion is higher for students of color. Now, the national uprising for racial justice has led to a push to remove police officers from security positions inside schools. School systems in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, […]

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Survey: 52% Drop in Admissions to Youth Detention in Two Months Matches Reduction Over 13 Years

The rate of young people admitted to detention has fallen by 52% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey of juvenile justice agencies in 33 states — equaling in two months a national decline that took 13 years. The two-month rapid decline in admissions seen in March and April 2020is reflected in an […]

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FREE Webinar: Play for Justice – April 28 at 3 PM

Join REPRESENT JUSTICE and GEORGE HILL for a special conversation with XAVIER MCELRATH-BEY on his transformative prison experience during Play for Justice. #InfluentialJustice brings together your favorite artists, athletes, and advocates for conversations and performances to raise funds for organizations serving incarcerated communities and system impacted families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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No Break for ‘Vampire Cult’ Killer Rod Ferrell, Life Sentences Stand

Rod Ferrell, known as a teen vampire cult leader convicted in the beating deaths of a Eustis couple, lost his bid to shorten the life sentences he is serving. The 55-page decision, written by Circuit Judge G. Richard Singeltary in Lake County and posted online April 7, concluded Ferrell, now 40, was not entitled to […]

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In Florida, Your Kid’s Chance of Arrest at School Depends on Where You Live

After a student was caught cutting class at Seminole High School’s ninth grade center in April 2019, a trio of Sanford police officers told the girl to get in a golf cart so she could be taken back to campus. She refused. “I’m gonna walk,” she replied. Read more.