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."
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.
Truancy reform goes into effect Sept. 1, but questions remain about what will actually happen.
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In most Texas schools, the punishment for truancy is an adult criminal conviction and a fine. Approximately 100,000 children
While truancy and attendance laws are meant to help keep kids in school, Hecht writes, they often have the opposite effect
Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.
It is critically important that public schools entrusted with educating and preparing children for college, work and life stop feeding them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with zero tolerance policies. Denying a child an education is hardly in the child or society's best interest.
For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.
Hey, Kids: Thinking about cutting class? Maybe you'd like to skip out on that boring lecture and hit the beach, work on that
Will the District of Columbia be able to provide an alternative for juvenile offenses that are better suited to reducing recidivism than prosecution in the court system?