On Tuesday, the California Assembly Human Services Committee passed a bill to ensure that kids locked up in juvenile halls and camps have reasonable access to computers and the internet so that they can receive a quality education and keep in frequent contact with their loved ones. AB 811, introduced by CA Assemblyman Mike Gipson, would also establish that kids in foster care have a right to access computers and the internet.
The non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation, which works to defend “civil liberties in the digital world,” sent a letter to Assm. Gipson in support of AB 811.
“When youth are incarcerated, it is the government’s duty to ensure that they receive the necessary services for rehabilitation and successful integration back into the free world,” the letter reads. “Computer literacy and computer skills are crucial to development in the modern era, particularly when it comes to finding jobs.”
Internet access also allows kids detained far from home to “maintain meaningful relationships with their families,” the EFF letter explains.
After passing through the Human Services Committee, AB 811’s next stop is the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
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