After their kids experienced tech glitches or turned off cameras during online learning, these families were accused of truancy and received legal threats.
The senator has often said her district attorney's office never jailed parents of truant kids. But she left out some context during a 2020 candidate town hall.
The punitive impact of her war on truancy, she said, was an "unintended consequence."
The "progressive prosecutor" wanted to transform how California responded to students missing school. Parents like Cheree Peoples wound up paying the price.
In a 2010 speech, Harris boasted about her crackdown on truancy as DA of San Francisco.
This is one way to improve school attendance rates.
This week's developments are just part of a larger wave of reform in how communities and the justice system view and treat young people, and a growing recognition that some of our past practices and policies were ineffective.
Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made and the problems still faced by young people caught up in the justice system.