Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility to Close

YLC salutes the announcement of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on August 27, 2009 that it will close the state’s largest youth prison, the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility. YLC staff attorneys and children’s advocates across the state had long criticized the Stark facility in Chino as a prison-like environment that […]

Posted Friday, August 28th, 2009

California to Close Its Largest Juvenile Prison

By Michael Rothfeld  |  Los Angeles Times  —   Reporting from Sacramento – The state is closing California’s largest youth prison as the population of juvenile offenders in state custody continues to decline, corrections officials announced Thursday. The Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility in Chino will be converted into an adult prison, state officials said. The move is […]

Posted Friday, August 28th, 2009

Fostering Connections to Success

By Alice Bussiere, Jennifer Pokempner, Jennifer Rodriguez  | YLC staff attorneys Jennifer Rodriguez and Alice Bussiere co-authored an article with Juvenile Law Center Attorney Jennifer Pokempner, entitled “Fostering Connections to Success: Extending a Social Safety Net for Youths Facing Homelessness and Poverty.”  The article discusses provisions of a new federal law that affect older youth in […]

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

YLC Works on Sam M. v. Carcieri Amicus Brief

The Youth Law Center joined fourteen other children’s advocacy organizations in an amicus brief filed with the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Sam M. v. Carcieri.  The amicus brief was filed by Suffolk University Professor Erik Pitchal on behalf of the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) and the other […]

Posted Friday, August 21st, 2009

Evaluation of GALs in Nebraska

YLC Staff Attorney Corene Kendrick is working with Madelyn Freundlich, Senior Child Welfare Consultant at Excal Consulting Partners, and the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) on an evaluation and analysis of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) system in Nebraska.  GALs are attorneys who represent abused and neglected children in dependency proceedings. The evaluation […]

Posted Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

YLC Working to Eliminate Congregate Care for Young Children

On August 13, YLC met with officials at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and with children’s advocates to discuss ways of eliminating congregate care for very young children in foster care.

Posted Monday, August 17th, 2009

Damon King, Skadden Fellow to Begin Work at YLC

Damon King, our Skadden Fellow, will begin work here on September 14th.  His project is to enforce the rights of children in California’s group homes through direct representation, legal support to court-appointed attorneys, and collaboration with state agencies to resolve facility licensing violations.  The goal of his project is to reduce the frequency of group […]

Posted Friday, August 14th, 2009