Beat the Odds Scholarship Nominations Due January 28, 2011

Dear Community Leader:

As someone with a strong network of advocates of young people experiencing overwhelming obstacles, the Children’s Defense Fund- California invites you to share the following opportunity with your network or participate in the Los Angeles Beat the Odds Scholarship Program by nominating a 2011 scholarship recipient. To download the application click here.

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 37 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.

Since 1990, CDF has awarded Beat the Odds scholarships to high school students across the country that are working hard to overcome tremendous obstacles in their personal lives, demonstrate academic excellence, and give back to their communities.

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VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Honors Susan Burton and 'A New Way of Life'

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today honored Susan Burton for her years of work helping Los Angeles County women rebuild their lives after incarceration. Ms. Burton, who founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project after her own struggles with substance abuse and incarceration, was one of ten finalists for this year’s CNN Heroes Award.

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VIDEO: Proposal To Reduce Recidivism Among LA County Probation Youth

Vowing to break America’s pipeline to prison for minority teens, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman announced a comprehensive proposal to prevent recidivism among Los Angeles County youths.

The analysis of “re-entry” in Los Angeles County — the process by which incarcerated youths leave custody and seek to establish themselves in society — examines the failures of the current system and proposes 10 steps for improvement.

Los Angeles County’s juvenile probation population is the largest in the nation, at 20,000. Nationwide one in three African American males born in 2001, and one out of six Latino males born that year are at risk of imprisonment, according to the Children’s Defense Fund.

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Los Angeles County Crime Database

Carson Crime

The L.A. Times launched a new database that maps and analyzes crime reports across L.A. County. Using daily reports from the LAPD and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. The Times is providing a comprehensive stream of data on serious crimes, tracking trends and offering alerts at the neighborhood level.

Crime rankings and more information.

Overall Crime Continues To Decline In Communities Policed By The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

As of July 31, 2010, preliminary crime data shows that criminal homicides in Sheriff’s patrol areas have decreased by 21.43 percent, compared to the same year-to-date period last year (127 homicides last year compared to 98 this year). This follows a five-year continuous decrease, resulting in a 53.52 percent decrease in homicides as there were five years ago and the lowest homicide rate since 1975. Most notable were decreases in homicides in the Compton Station area (including the city of Compton and nearby unincorporated areas) and Century Station area (which includes the city of Lynwood and nearby unincorporated areas). Compton Station homicides have reduced by 41.96 percent, with 31 homicides last year compared to 18 this year. Century Station had 24 homicides during the same period last year, as compared to 16 homicides this year, for a 33.33 percent decrease.

Reported incidents of violent crimes (Part I) have declined 3.76 percent, and serious property crimes (Part I) have declined by 3.75 percent in Sheriff’s patrol areas countywide, compared to last year at this time. These numbers combine to show a 3.75 percent decrease in overall Part I crimes. Sheriff’s stations experiencing the most significant decreases in overall violent crimes (Part I) over the same period last year included Marina Del Rey Station at 41.5, percent, Walnut Station at 34.2 percent, San Dimas Station at 25.3 percent, and Lomita Station at 19.5 percent.

Crime prevention information, as well as reported crime statistics, can be found on the “Crime Prevention and Information” page of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website, www.lasd.org. These include specific statistics for each city and unincorporated community patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.