Happy Holidays!


Dear Friends and Visitors,

Thank you for your support since our launch in June 2013.  The contributors of 2 Late 4 Time Out will be taking a little time out to refresh and prepare for the New Year.   If you have a story or an issue you think may be of interest, please contact us.

Until 2014—when we’ll be bringing you feature articles you won’t find anywhere else—please visit our Archives.   These stories are never out of date!

And if someone you love is struggling with an at-risk child, our new and acclaimed Amazon kindle eBook, 2 Late 4 Time Out:  The Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Juvenile Justice System, makes the perfect stocking stuffer.  For $4.11 they’ll get the full 4-1-1 on dealing with pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior.

We leave you this year with the wish that your holidays are filled with love and joy!  And we close with the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi.  “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Keep the light on,

Valerie Shaw,


21 Million Kids May Go Hungry This Christmas

Some parents worry about a child who won’t eat, but this holiday season there are 10.7M American families with children who worry that their children can’t eat!  According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, this holiday season over 21M American children being affected by the November 1 cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP], 2,285,000 of them in California.

Just prior to the cuts Media Matters sounded alarm bells on many fronts, but for the most part, news outlets took a two week hiatus from covering the $5-billion SNAP cuts that became effective November 1st.  Now, just days before the Thanksgiving recess, and three weeks before Congress adjourns for the year, SNAP is back in the news as legislators are digging in and effects are sinking in.    (more…)


Bellarmine Forum 2013 Highlights The Art and Soul of Restorative Justice

On Friday at noon, the powerful young voices of the Street Poets wafted over the expansive lawn in front of St. Roberts Hall on the Loyola Marymount campus in a Poetry Slam, one of the dozens of events in the 21-day Bellarmine 2013 Restoring Justice Forum.

While the Street Poets riffed on incarceration, redemption and forgiveness, representatives from several restorative justice agencies and organizations invited students to get involved in various campaigns and causes. (more…)


Loyola Marymount University Bellarmine Forum 2013: “Restoring Justice” L.A. Style is a 21-day event

By Valerie Shaw, M.PR

It was great that the two day, Loyola Marymount University Bellarmine Forum 2013, “Restoring Justice” film festival, with keynote speaker, best-selling author, Michelle Alexander, drew a sold-out crowd.

For some it was an introduction to the inequities in the criminal justice system and the realities of the school to prison pipeline.  For most, though, it was reinforcement and an introduction to a new movement sweeping the country, Restorative Justice.

In case you missed the building of Occupy, the Tea Party or Gay Pride into actual movements within the past decade or so, LMU Professors Scott Wood and Jonathan Rothchild, co-directors of this year’s Bellamine Forum have organized the 21-day “Restoring Justice” Forum which highlights a myriad of perspectives on Restorative Justice, a compassionate alternative to today’s punitive justice system and a new movement on the rise throughout the country. (more…)