How a diversion program in South L.A. hopes to break the cradle-to-prison pipeline

By CYS opened the Everychild Restorative Justice Center in 2012.Jeremy Loudenback, ChronicleOfSocialChange.org

When Karina Cabrera first sat down with Angelica,* a 15-year-old enrolled in a juvenile diversion program at Centinela Youth Services (CYS), the case manager remembers the youth’s icy stare and clipped answers.

Just weeks before, Angelica had been hauled in by members of the Los Angeles Police Department after she was caught trying to steal a shirt at Target.

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