California is one of only four states that require adults convicted of certain sex crimes to register with local law enforcement each year for life. Crime-free for 50 years? Bedridden? It doesn’t matter.
Youth Law Center (YLC), the San Francisco legal-advocacy nonprofit that filed the complaint, initially set out to investigate the excessive use of pepper spray in San Diego County’s juvenile-detention facilities. But incident reports also revealed the routine use of solitary confinement— usually for two, three or four days.
As famed bartender Gary Regan wrote, “[A] truly great Manhattan can be made only by someone who truly understands the magnitude of what’s at hand.” And by that he means: If you’re a bartender who can’t make a great Manhattan, you’re screwed.
It’s likely no one will ever know for sure what happened to Jerry Cochran the night before he died. On the evening of Sept. 15, 2014, his girlfriend, Vella Rhinehart, called an ambulance to take Cochran to the emergency room—she was concerned about some swollen spider bites on his neck.
In early November, the San Diego City Attorney’s office launched a new program called Community Court. A pilot project for now, it offers certain misdemeanor offenders the chance to have their cases dismissed if they complete 16 hours of community service within 60 days and pay an administrative fee of $120.
The credibility of San Diego’s juvenile-detention system has come under fire this year amid a complaint that the Youth Law Center submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice in July regarding the use of harsh disciplinary measures on at-risk youth.