There is currently a proposal to close KJJC, the only juvenile courthouse in South Central LA. The state's budget was cut and 4 juvenile courtrooms in the county have to be eliminated. KJJC has 2 and the proposal is to close the entire building and split the cases among 4 other courthouses, requiring these families, who are the most needy in the county, to travel through mulitple gang territories to get to their new, distant courthouse. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! Why is this community always the first to have resources taken away from them when they clearly need them the most????
The area has some of the highest poverty rates in the State of California. The schools in the area are very low performing and dangerous. An exorbitant number of the KJJC kids have learning and/or developmental disabilities. Too many of them were exposed to alcohol and/or drugs in utero. Most, if not all, of the kids have witnessed violence either in their own homes or in their community and suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The slogan for the courthouse is “under one roof.” In addition to the court, the Probation Department, the Public Defender’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office are also housed at KJJC. Currently, Public Counsel also has an Educational Advocacy Clinic, Shields for Families has a counseling referral service, Probation has an Independent Skills Clinic and LAUSD is scheduled to send their mobile Grad Van to the court monthly to provide educational assistance.
Please stand with us and give a voice to this often voiceless community. Despite the plagues of this community and its lack of resources, it is rich with people who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. These kids deserve MORE not LESS.