A Community Reporting Fellowship for Young Californians
A Community Reporting Fellowship for Young Californians

This Youth-Led Nonprofit is Helping Kids Avoid the Prison Pipeline


The United States has the highest juvenile incarceration rate in the world. There are roughly 53,000 minors being held at juvenile and adult detention facilities here on any given day — and once a young person enters the penal system, chances are it won’t be their last time: 55% of kids are rearrested within a year of being released, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

In the video below, CSU Fullerton journalism student Regina Yurrita tells the story of Josue Pineda, who was arrested at age 17 for carrying a gun but was able to turn his life around with an assist from Resilience Orange County, an innovative youth-led community organization in Santa Ana, California.

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