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Growing Number Of Latino Youths In Juvenile Hall For Drug Offenses

Aired 12/27/11 on KPBS News.

A new report finds that the number of youths in juvenile hall in San Diego County is on the rise, and made up primarily of Hispanics.

— Despite treatment and prevention services for those at risk of entering the juvenile-justice system, in the last couple of years, more than 5,000 San Diego youths have passed through county correctional facilities. A majority were allegedly involved in gang activity and about half are Latino.

According to the report by the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, the most common violations are assault, property theft, and drug-related offenses, including consumption and trafficking. Proximity to the border and aggressive recruitment of U.S. youths by Mexican drug cartels are to blame, the report said.

A San Diego County District Attorney Spokesman, Jesse Navarro, met with a group of Latino parents in San Diego recently and said he was concerned that about half of all local youth in juvenile hall are Latino.

Young people are "easy prey" for the cartels who want to move drug shipments across the border, Navarro said. He added that most don't realize that transporting drugs across the border is a federal offense.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | December 27, 2011 at 4:06 p.m. ― 2 years, 12 months ago

This goes to show you America is not the land of opportunity for everyone. We corrupt people and are totally responsible for the drug war due to the demand in the U.S. I'm sure if these Latino children were in their native country they would be free and living in prosperity because they don't do drugs in Latin America.

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Missionaccomplished | December 27, 2011 at 7:59 p.m. ― 2 years, 12 months ago

David 65, I know from past posts you are being sarcastic, but I wonder how you voted on Prop 19? You're beating your head against the wall and living in a fantasy world if you think puitive measures is going to solve the drug problem.

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benz72 | December 28, 2011 at 9:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

That only depends on a risk-reward calculation. If the penalties for trafficking are sufficeintly high, the number of attempts will diminish.
As a first pass, I'd propose that the carrier be required to consume, on the spot, their entire delivery.

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DeLaRick | December 28, 2011 at 11:24 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

"I'm sure if these Latino children were in their native country they would be free and living in prosperity because they don't do drugs in Latin America."

I can't let that prior racist comment go by without a rebuttal. Where in the article does it mention that these "latinos" are Mexican immigrants? (Their "native country" is probably the U.S.) These "latinos" are probably Americans of Mexican ethnic heritage. (The lack of any meaningful data makes that my best guess, considering our geography and demographics.) Also, whether people in Latin America do drugs or not is not even relevant to the main thrust of the article. The poster's reflexive racism is evidenced by his introduction of unrelated ethnic value judgments. In past posts, he exculpates himself of racism by presenting his strongest credential on Mexican history: "I'm a Mexican/American who has family down there." Wow! With credentials like that and your scalpel-sharp writing style, I cheerfully withdraw my assertions and wholeheartedly agree with yours. BTW: Let's play your game and go off on a racist tangent: Does the fact that the rep from the DA's office is named "Jesse Navarro" help or hurt your idiotic assertion that "[t]his goes to show you America is not the land of opportunity for everyone."

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HarryStreet | December 28, 2011 at 2:28 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Got you all going, didn't I?

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