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Thanks to all of your calls and resistance over the many months, we did once again stop Senate Republicans from advancing a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. It is time now for Congress to pivot back to passing a long-term funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as current funding for the program ended on September 30. The Senate and House of Representatives must move swiftly now to pass the bipartisan Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act (S.1827), authored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), a strong five year CHIP funding extension bill. Until Congress takes action, there will be no new funds to ensure health coverage almost nine million children, so there is great urgency in states to see funding continued immediately so they can avoid sending termination notices to families or freezing enrollment. Please call (877) 233-9025 TODAY and urge your Senators and Representatives to help get a strong, five-year CHIP extension over the finish line NOW.
California’s Welfare and Institutions Code section 236 (WIC 236) grants probation departments across the state the authority to intervene in the lives of any young person, including those who have not been accused of violating the law. Law enforcement officials believe that this practice deters youth delinquency. However, community organizations and a growing body of research are beginning to question whether this practice is doing more harm than good.
In “WIC 236 - ‘Pre-Probation’ Supervision of Youth of Color With No Prior Court or Probation Involvement,” researchers from Children’s Defense Fund-California, Youth Justice Coalition, Urban Peace Institute and Anti-Recidivism Coalition examine this contraversal statute, ultimately arguing that law enforcement’s work with low-risk youth is ineffective and can lead to increased involvement with the court, detention and incarceration systems. Instead, the report recommends shifting resources away from law enforcement entities towards education and community-based interventions that more appropriately serve youths’ needs.
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