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70 Million: One state is disrupting the pipeline from foster care to jail

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Will Clark on his balcony in his home. He’s been living with his resource family, the Huson’s, for the past year.";s:

In a special presentation from KALW News, it’s a story about radical reforms in foster care, from the new podcast 70 Million.

By age 17, over half of young people in foster care have already been convicted of a crime or spent a night in jail. After they age out, a quarter will go to jail or get in trouble with the law within the first two years. California is determined to keep foster youth out of jail.

Reporter Liza Veale profiles two young people who are making their way out of the system, and talks with policy makers and social service workers trying to redirect the foster-care-to-prison pipeline . . . not in the courtroom, or at the moment of arrest, but much earlier.

70 Million is a production of Lantigua Williams and Co., made possible by a grant from the Safety and Justice Challenge at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams is the creator and executive producer. The podcast is edited by Jen Chien, who is also KALW’s managing editor, and it’s engineered by Luis Gil.