Assembly Bill 2246, introduced by California Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, who represents Long Beach, would require local school districts and schools to devise suicide prevention policies targeting high-risk students.
The following took place on the April 10 broadcast of Street Soldiers, a live call-in radio show airing Sunday nights on KMEL 106.1 FM. Co-hosts Dr. Joseph Marshall and Deborah “Lady” Estell discussed domestic violence with Cherri Allison, executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center.
According to a 2014 study, nearly one-third of teens in high school show symptoms of depression. The study also found that Hispanic youth are more likely than white or black youth to report feeling sad or hopeless for extended periods of time; additionally, girls were more likely than boys to report those symptoms.
Ed. Note: More than a year since California voters passed Prop. 47, studies show that counties across the state are seeing reductions in their prison populations. The law, which allows individuals to reclassify certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors, also requires that the state reinvest savings from those reduced prison populations into prevention programs. The agency tasked with managing those funds, the Board of State and Community Corrections, meets this week to form a committee that will play a major role in determining who does and does not receive Prop. 47 dollars. Brian Goldstein, the director of Policy and Development for the San Francisco-based Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), spoke with NAM about that process and about reports linking the law to recent spikes in crime. His responses have been edtied and trimmed for length.