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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:08 PM
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State wont prosecute counselors in beatings
Youth Authority case flawed, despite video, Lockyer says

Mark Martin, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Saturday, April 24, 2004


Sacramento -- Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced Friday he will not prosecute counselors who were captured on videotape kicking and punching two wards at a California Youth Authority facility, a decision a state senator denounced as a setback in efforts to reform the state's correctional system.

Lockyer's office released a two-page letter outlining state prosecutors' conclusions that the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office acted properly in deciding not to pursue criminal charges against any of six Youth Authority employees involved in a January brawl at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. Lockyer had the option to prosecute the case himself, but he also declined.

The beatings drew national attention earlier this month when state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, released footage of the altercation, which shows one counselor throwing punch after punch at a motionless ward and another counselor kicking a ward in the head.

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countmyvote4real Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:51 PM
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1. Hello, Governator. Is this how you want California to reform
their youth? Maybe all that "for the children" crap is just crap.
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