Tell Governor Brown to Invest $100 Million for the Youth of California

Youth Reinvestment FundThousands of California youth are incarcerated every year for low-level offenses and they deserve better. It's time we stop locking up our children and start investing in their future.

That is why I am asking Governor Brown for a $100 million to establish the Youth Reinvestment Fund. This funding is an investment that would improve the outcomes of vulnerable youth populations by using trauma informed community and health-based interventions in lieu of arrest, detention and incarceration.

The $100 million would be broken up in the following manner:

  • $75 million to fund Local diversion programs for at-risk youth.
  • $15 million to hire social workers in public defender offices.
  • $10 million to fund tribal diversion programs for Native American youth.

If we reduce the number of youth in the juvenile's justice system by 10%, we will save the state of California nearly $800 million per year.

I need your help to convince Governor Jerry Brown, in this time of surplus, that reinvesting in our children and their future, is the right thing to do.

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