(adopted 1956, updated 1970,1974,1989)
Advocating a public policy committed to the value of children and youth, the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports a greater emphasis on the use of alternatives to incarceration. Long term, cost effective, quality juvenile delinquency prevention programs at all government levels should receive first priority for funding.
Under this statement, we support:
- adequate financing for juvenile delinquency prevention programs at all government levels;
- concerted attention, including supporting programs and activities, addressing the critical problems of substance abuse;
- effective social, vocational, and academic programs through well-trained personnel;
- promotion of quality foster care;
- increased funding for the County Subvention Programs to support local program;
- specialized training in juvenile work for all law enforcement officers, juvenile judges and all others involved in working with juveniles;
- manageable caseloads for all personnel involved in the care and treatment of juveniles equal to a state standard;
- juvenile court judges dedicated to the protection of children' rights within an informal court atmosphere when that is appropriate;
- increased funding for and use of counseling and psychological services for children in lower grades and their families;
- coordination of all city, county, and community services for children and families.