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Fixing California's Prison Issues

Reacting to a CalMatters investigation, state lawmakers said they’re concerned about defendants’ long waits behind bars before trials and substantial backlogs in California’s courts. And they’re touting their bills as steps toward fixing the problem.

Public Safety Chair Talks Reforms

On this week's In Focus: SoCal, host Tanya McRae takes a closer look at how mass incarceration and the criminal justice system are affecting Black Americans, who make up 40% of the country's incarcerated population despite representing 13% of the general population.

California Police Officers Would Need to be 25 or have a bachelors degree under new proposal

Anyone who wants to be a police officer in California would have to get a bachelor’s degree or turn 25 before starting their careers under a proposed new law.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, who planned to introduce the proposal Monday, said the change could help reduce the number of times police officers shoot or hurt people.

“These jobs are complex, they’re difficult, and we should not just hand them over to people who haven’t fully developed themselves,” said Jones-Sawyer, who is chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Falsas denuncias de acoso que involucran minorías podrían ser consideradas como crimen de odio racial en California

En redes sociales se han hecho virales algunos videos de personas que llaman a la línea de emergencias 911 para reportar que son víctimas de supuestos ataques solo porque la persona a la que están señalando pertenece a alguna minoría étnica. Para evitar que esto siga sucediendo, se presentó un proyecto de ley que busca castigar a quienes hagan este tipo de acusaciones sin una justificación válida, el cual ya fue aprobado por la legislatura y falta la firma del gobernador Gavin Newsom.

Making false, racist 911 calls could soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO — Calling 911 to harass or otherwise violate the rights of a person based only on their race would be classified as a hate crime that could lead to jail time and a fine under a bill passed by California lawmakers on Monday.

The legislation comes amid a nationwide reckoning on systemic racism and following confrontations across the country in which primarily white people have made discriminatory emergency calls to the police when encountering people of color bird watching and barbecuing in a park, among other everyday activities.

Falsas Llmadas de emergencia

Un joven afroamericano en un supermercado descubrió a una joven de raza blanca cuando robaba artículos del establecimiento y decidió filmarla con su teléfono celular.

En respuesta, la joven llamó al número telefónico de emergencias 911 y denunció falsamente que estaba siendo atacada sexualmente en el supermercado por el joven afroamericano.

Llamadas de emergencia falsas

Un joven afroamericano en un supermercado descubrió a una joven de raza blanca cuando robaba artículos del establecimiento y decidió filmarla con su teléfono celular.

En respuesta, la joven llamó al número telefónico de emergencias 911 y denunció falsamente que estaba siendo atacada sexualmente en el supermercado por el joven afroamericano.

911 Hate Crime Bill Moves Forward

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The California Legislature Friday will begin debating a bill which would make it against the law to make a false 911 call based on a person’s ethnic background, gender or sexual orientation.

Assembly Bill 1775 would make it a hate crime to make a discriminatory 911 call.

COVID-19 Exposes A Widening Digital Learning Gap

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has reported that over 15,000 students have not been heard from since the March 16 closure of schools due to coronavirus concerns. An estimated 40,000 additional students fail to check-in daily.

Even as LAUSD leaders have been working diligently to accommodate the needs of teachers and students as it transitions to an all-digital distance learning format – student access to technology and understanding its use remains an issue.

Where We Stand: The Fight for Social Justice Has Many Fronts

By Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

Every year the United Nations (UN) asks world leaders to reflect on the issue of social justice and create programs that focus on eradicating poverty in their respective countries. The UN’s Annual World Social Justice Day (every February 20) is a day to remind ourselves at the local level that inequalities in poverty, exclusion, gender equality, unemployment, human rights, and social protections exist and are on the rise.