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Civil rights advocates file suit over juvenile hall students kept in solitary confinement

Original post made on Aug 11, 2013

A federal class-action lawsuit filed in Oakland Friday alleges that Contra Costa County juvenile justice staff are violating federal and state
anti-discrimination laws by placing mentally disabled youth in solitary confinement for months at a time and denying them education and treatment.

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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

This is absolutely disgusting! I'm outraged by the brutality of our school administrators! Why are our children being treated like prisoners?! I have always found positive reinforcement leads to positive change and the objective of the program was just that - rehabilitation and not punishment. What a wide gap from our idealism to reality! These are the same types of people dictating the policies in our standard school systems too. My son's starting school this year... I'm watching you.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

Where is the oversight committee known as the Contra Costa Mental Health Commission in all of this? They have either been shirking their duties or as I believe have been kept in the dark about this. I fear the atrocities that take place behind these walls would cause most of us to cringe.

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Posted by Ann Richardson
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:18 am

Oh boo hoo hoo---who hired the throwbacks? Same ones who hired the lazies at BART? Ah diversity in hiring---gotta embrace it!

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

Ann Richardson from Walnut Creek you are absolutely correct.

I can read between your lines. You hit the nail right on the head.

I know very well there will some folks that will think we are crazy.

I always tell people, if you want to complain about those folks running things....and wondering how on earth did they get in that position...just look in the mirror.

Thank for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

Please, Julia, for the rest of us - those who write what we mean in our lines, instead of putting the meaning "between" them - let us all in on what Ms. Richardson was expressing which "hits the nail on the head."

C'mon, you're not shy - say it out loud. Tell us what the two of your really mean.

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Posted by Dickita P
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Roses are red,
Lafayette is a place.
And all year long,
Julia P's a nutcase.