Ending Parental Debt for Their Juvenile Offenders
The Following is from CalMatters
Lawmakers  will consider a bill  to erase  nearly $137 million in debt  owed by parents whose kids went through the juvenile justice system. Although California in 2018 stopped charging parents for the cost of their child’s incarceration, 22 counties continued collecting on debt payments — a practice some have reconsidered amid the pandemic.

  • May 19, San Diego County relieved 9,100 families of over $40 million in juvenile fees and reimbursement payments made after the county declared a state of emergency in mid-February. 

  • On May 5, Stanislaus County discharged more than $6.8 million in juvenile fees.

  • On April 21, Riverside County discharged $4.1 million.

On Tuesday,  Andrew Simmons  waved goodbye to the nearly $14,000 he owed San Diego County for his son’s time in home supervision and juvenile hall: “It’s like a huge weight lifted off of our shoulders.”
Civics Virtual Institute June 15 - July 10, 2020
The following is from the Legischool Project. Click here to download the full flyer.
The LegiSchool Civics Virtual Institute gives a select number of California high school students the opportunity to participate in an intensive 4-week online program that explores important policy issues in California and provides students the tools to develop leadership and professional skills. A stipend will be provided to the student at the completion of the summer program. The LegiSchool Civics Virtual Institute is an online summer internship program and is not a Sacramento State college course.

Students will learn about each of the three branches of government with an emphasis on public service and the political process. Activities include: online discussions with experts to learn more about state agencies, the judicial branch, California policy and politics as well as attend online webinars and professional workshops.

Who can apply?
Applicants must currently be enrolled as a junior or senior at any California high school for the 2019-20 school year.

Participation Requirements
Participants must have reliable internet access and have access to a computer for online webinars and presentations and be willing to commit to the entirety of the program, June 15, 2020 - July 10, 2020.

Invitations to interview will be extended to a limited number of applicants. Interviews will take place via video the first week of June.


(2) Submit a two page statement answering the question: “What do you believe is the greatest challenge your generation will face?” Must be typed, double spaced, 12pt font.

(3) Submit a one page statement explaining why you would like to participate in the LegiSchool Civics Virtual Institute. What qualities do you bring to the program? Must be typed, double spaced, 12 pt font.

Application Deadline: June 3, 2020
Invitation to Interview: June 5,2020
Interviews: June 8-10, 2020