Complaints Prompt Juvenile Justice Forums

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 31, 2008

The meetings were prompted by a string of complaints over how the local criminal justice system handles underage suspects.

Rhonda Erwin is a community activist who lives in South Sacramento. She says it’s about time.    

"This city has been negligent in preventing violence. We’ve placed all our eggs in one basket towards suppression and I am grateful that it’s being addressed now but I do believe that it’s something that should have been done before now." 

The town hall meetings come on the heels of several high-profile murders in Sacramento allegedly committed by teenagers – including the shooting death of Sheriff’s Deputy Vu Nguyen last month.

At Thursday night's meeting, police, sheriff’s and attorneys with the DA’s office will talk about how they arrest juveniles and how they handle complaints against law enforcement officers.

The meeting will be held at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chambers from 6 to 8 PM.