The Water Cooler – Should Police Release Names Of Juveniles Convicted Of Committing Felonies?

May 24, 2019 12:00 pm · 32 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

QUESTION: Do you think police should release names of juveniles (people under 18 years of age) who are convicted of committing felonies?

Talk about it.

Concord74 May 24, 2019 at 12:09 PM

Yes – and I do not think it necessarily needs to be at the convicted stage. The identities should be released so the honest population can be aware of these miscreants that exist. I believe the reports that just gives out info like height and gender is worthless.
Too bad if it is too politically incorrect!!

Sue May 24, 2019 at 12:19 PM


Up to Here May 24, 2019 at 12:27 PM

along with mugshots

Dawg May 24, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Not only felonies but misdemeanors too. If there’s a kid on my block that is out there committing crimes, I want to know who he or she is.
The public is always best served by giving more information, not less.

S May 24, 2019 at 12:44 PM

felonies yes, violent misdemeanors yes, all sex crimes yes… Ahhh, what the heck… All Crimes Yes

Ricardoh May 24, 2019 at 12:45 PM


Gittyup May 24, 2019 at 1:17 PM

What are considered felonies? What are considered misdemeanors?

Kentucky Derby May 24, 2019 at 1:22 PM

As far as the name – I really don’t care one way or the other. A lot of people have common names anyway, and it’s going to make very little difference. Steve Johnson (17) Carlos Garcia (16) or Bob Cho (15), etc. have very little effect.. If those names are printed tomorrow – who cares? All they have to do is say it was someone with the same name, and move on. And we’d have no way of knowing one way or the other. I do believe strongly in charging juveniles as adults when they commit adult crimes. Like felonies.

Derb May 24, 2019 at 1:34 PM

Nope, but to name the parents of the juvenile that committed a felony would be fine with me.

Simonpure May 24, 2019 at 2:09 PM

Actually not a bad idea Derb. Post the parents picture with a caption stating what their kids did. Perhaps a bit of embarrassment could go a long way.

Rob May 24, 2019 at 3:52 PM

I agree that the minors should not be named, however, I hadn’t thought of naming the parents – that might have merit.

Dorothy May 24, 2019 at 4:27 PM

I like that idea too. Headline:”So & so of (name the town) 16 year old kid is being held on (name the felony crime).” Please note the kid is only identified by age so that part doesn’t exactly name the kid.

ZZ May 24, 2019 at 7:26 PM

Great idea, until it happens to you.

THE ANIMAL May 24, 2019 at 3:12 PM


Ano May 24, 2019 at 3:47 PM

Yes! My daughter was sexually assulted by 4 teenagers who are now at CV. One of the boys is very popular so sad. I let the school know they whold they were and the principal was angry but then left the school shortly after. I also ran into 2 more girls that they did this to. One was a foster child being passed around and she felt like she could not tell. Yes I did report it.
This is a quote from the detective in my daughters case
“We see molesting ‘s by uncles , grandpas, cousins, and male family members by the truck loads but we have never seen a case like your daughters. We are not sure we’re to even go with it and are having a meeting to discuss it”

Pat May 24, 2019 at 4:57 PM

So then please share what becomes/became of the meeting. Other parents and students should know details to prevent further actions of the same. Also, there may be even more victims?

ano May 25, 2019 at 12:24 AM

This happened on a school field trip with one of our local schools.

ano May 25, 2019 at 12:41 AM

I have been thinking about holding a gathering for whoever would like to come and here about my daughters story. We needed to wait for her to be ready. I will check with our attorney and see what we can set up and where. keep your ear out.

ano May 25, 2019 at 12:44 AM

We teach domestic violence is between a couple . We forget about teaching our children that it can also be within “friendships” . We teach about bullying but not about how your “friend” can be bullying you and that it is ok to get help from an adult with it.

qwerty May 24, 2019 at 4:05 PM

No. When you’re an adult and responsible for yourself, yes. The juvenile criminal justice system focuses on rehabilitation and guards against the stigma of being labeled a criminal. That way you have a chance to redeem yourself..In California, law enforcement agencies have some discretion to release the names of juveniles accused of crimes that are classified as serious or violent. (Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § § 827.2, 827.5, 827.6 (2014).)

East Bay Native May 24, 2019 at 6:26 PM

If they commit murder or assault and battery, absolutely. These hoodlums want to commit adult crimes, pay the consequences that comes along in being involved in such crimes, stop enabling criminals.

Foonman May 24, 2019 at 7:06 PM

I didn’t think so for years but things are changing and so are younger people. yah, lets do it. However, don’t like the parents being named as some kids just can’t be controlled or reasoned with……

S May 24, 2019 at 7:22 PM

maybe if the parents had actually parented. less kids would be out of control.

Kathy England May 24, 2019 at 8:43 PM

I don’t understand why parents are always blamed. They can be the most loving, caring, giving Christians who were raised with showing respect and showing those morals to their children and the kids could be taken in by peer pressure, wanting to belong, seeing what they can get away with, etc. Yes, sometimes the way parents raise their children is not ideal, but don’t put them all in that general category.

Dorie May 24, 2019 at 7:44 PM

Hell yes

ON DA May 24, 2019 at 7:55 PM

That should be up to the victims of the crime. After all don’t they have any say so in the matter ???

Sam malone May 25, 2019 at 7:06 AM

Yes and mugshots. If you do the crime no matter what the age or excuse, it deserves to be made available to the public.

Crazytech58 May 25, 2019 at 9:37 AM

Yes, these young hoodlums are committing many serious crimes KNOWING they cant be prosecuted because of their age….. they see it as a free get out of jail card, and now parents are sending their kids to grab packages off porches….. again, knowing the kids are untouchable!! It’s time to expose them, post pictures so we know who in our neighborhood to watch out for

MovingOutofCA May 25, 2019 at 11:36 AM

There is a push by the Democrats to allow 16 year olds to vote. So if they are old enough to vote, that decides policies in our country, they are old enough to be exposed if participating in criminal behavior.

Oh, please May 25, 2019 at 12:48 PM

If we had more public shaming, parents would think twice before being terrible.

Robert Akins May 26, 2019 at 9:29 AM

I say no. Kids do stupid things. Why brand them for life. Yes, most of them will graduate to adult felonies, them this conversation wouldn’t be needed. But for those able to learn from their mistakes will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community.

JustMe May 26, 2019 at 4:08 PM


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