Reporter Roundup: LAUSD Cuts School Police Funding
On the July 1 edition of the Reporter Roundup, KPCC reporters look into the LAUSD school police funding cut, a program helping Black children navigate police interactions and a strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 in state prisons that went awry.
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board voted to cut $25 million in funding to the school police department will result in the layoff of 65 school police officers. Kyle Stokes reports why student activists and the teachers union calling for a dismantling of the department see this as a victory.
Olivia Richard reports on de-escalation training for young Black students on how to interact with the police. Offered throughout the community, these programs teach conflict resolution and anger management through role playing techniques.
The men’s prison in Chino transferred prisoners to slow the spread of COVID-19 but Emily Elena Dugdale reports that strategy backfired. Many of the more than 2,600 coronavirus cases in California prisons are related to an inmate transfer that went wrong. Overcrowded prisons are being blamed.
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