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California Justices Hear Challenge to Law Keeping Young Teens Out of Adult Court

The California Supreme Court in session, before the pandemic. Photo courtesy of the California Judicial Council
After a prolonged effort by county district attorneys to reverse a 2018 state law, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will determine whether children under age 16 can be prosecuted in adult court, regardless of the severity of their crime.

California's youth prisons like the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility will close, leaving plans to house incarcerated youth to counties.


California Legislature and Governor Reach Agreement to Close Youth Prison System

A locked unit at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. Photo courtesy of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.
Over the objections of county governments and local probation agencies, the California Legislature has reached an agreement with Gov.


California Proposal Would Limit Teens’ Transfer to Adult Jails

Under legislation moving through the California Senate, teenagers who turn 18 and would otherwise be moved to adult jails could remain in juvenile facilities – a shift described as a protective measure against the deadly spread of coronavirus.


Preventing California from Overcharging Youths into Adult Court

California has taken dramatic steps over the past several years to reduce the transfer of juveniles into adult court system, ensuring that more young people accused of crimes can benefit from rehabilitation in the juvenile system.


California Passes Bill Banning Transfer of Juveniles Under 16

The California legislature has passed a bill that prevents juveniles 15 or younger from being transferred into adult court for any crime, a dramatic turnaround in a state that used to give wide discretion to prosecutors in seeking adult time for youths.


Bill Would Prohibit California from Sending Youth Under 16 to Adult Courts

A violent riot broke out in the yard on Michael Mendoza’s very first day in a state prison — a stark wake-up call to his new reality. At age 15, Mendoza had been tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

    California Budget Plan Supports Shifting Youth from State Prisons to Juvenile Halls, Amid Opposition


    Gov. Brown Eyes Two Ways to Keep Young Californians Out of Adult Prisons

    After a plan to create a new young adult prison system in California failed last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is moving forward with two proposals to serve more juveniles and some young adults in the state’s juvenile prisons.


    California Supreme Court: Law Barring Direct File of Juveniles Is Retroactive

    The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a recent ballot initiative aimed at preventing the transfer of juveniles into the adult justice system could be applied retroactively to pending court cases.


    Why Juvenile Court Was the Right Call in Steubenville Case

    by Erin Davies The Steubenville case has brought up a seemingly innumerable host of issues, ranging from sexual assault to social media to personal responsibility to the role of sports in a community.