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Aja Courtney, who reportedly lost her brother in a gang-related shooting, argued on Sunday that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s policies are “giving way to more violence.”
Courtney made the comment on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” two days after Gascón argued that eliminating juvenile strikes “will make our community safer.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Gascón – joined by Los Angeles Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, a Democrat – unveiled legislation on Friday that would stop strikes committed by minors from later being used against them in adult proceedings, according to a news release.
In the release it states that the Three Strikes Law in California currently allows felonies committed by a juvenile to be used as a strike for a future adult criminal case.
Gascón said Friday, “The human brain is not fully developed until we are somewhere in the mid-20’s.”
Courtney knocked Gascón’s argument, calling it a “misguided notion.”
She said, “Anybody who has children understands that children know at very early ages what’s right from wrong.”
Gascón also said, “A juvenile system is based on rehabilitation, not on punishment. Criminalization of young people leads to higher levels of recidivism, which means that it creates more insecurity in our community.”
Courtney criticizes the legislation by Gascón saying it will encourage young people to commit crimes knowing they will not face any harsh punishment.
Courtney said, “What we’re saying by not punishing these criminals is that it is OK to continue to commit these offenses. Gangs are going to take that as a green light to continue putting these young people out on the street and committing these offenses – and that’s what we’re trying to stop.”
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Sister of gang violence victim slams LA DA Gascón’s push to eliminate juvenile strikeshttps://t.co/TZILEUAGs3
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