From Playgrounds to Prison Cells: The Overcriminalization of Youth in Southern California

Join us to hear from a panel of juvenile justice advocates on the systematic overcriminalization of young people in our schools and communities, and advocacy being done to break the school-to-prison pipeline in Southern California.

‚ÄčThe Education Law Society invites you to join us for a lunchtime discussion with a panel of experts in the field of juvenile justice who will together provide insight into the ways in which young people in southern California are being systematically overcriminalized, and discriminatorily targeted by police enforcement and school policies.  The panelists will highlight diversionary efforts being made by juvenile justice advocates to break the school-to-prison pipeline.  Some  topics the event will address include advocacy efforts in light of Parkland, zero tolerance discipline policies, and connecting school discipline campaigns and litigation with the broader movement from criminal justice and juvenile justice reform.  

This event is co-sponsored by UCLA Law's Education Law Society, Black Law Students Association, Criminal Justice Program, Criminal Justice Society, Critical Race Studies Program, and David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

When: Tuesday, September 18th from 12:15 -1:30 PM in Room 1430.

Who will participate? 

  • Hannah Comstock from the ACLU, who will speak about the case the ACLU just filed against probation in Riverside County
  • Angela McNair Turner from Public Counsel, who will speak to the statewide legislative campaign to end suspensions for defiance
  • Anthony Robles from the Youth Justice Coalition, who will speak about the connection between juvenile justice reform and the larger criminal justice reform movement
  • Patricia Soung from Children's Defense Fund, who will speak about advocacy around diversion programs in LA
  • Professor Jyoti Nanda will serve as moderator

Please RSVP by Friday, September 14th.