California Division of Juvenile Justice

Newsom, unions eye $50k bonuses for juvenile prison workers


California Governor, Unions Eye $50k Bonuses for Juvenile Prison Workers

As California prepares to close its youth prisons, workers for the Division of Juvenile Justice could receive up to $50,000 bonuses to stay on the job until then.

Juvenile Court Judge Katherine Lucero Now Leads California’s Historic Migration from Punishment to Healing


Juvenile Court Judge Katherine Lucero Now Leads California’s Historic Migration from Punishment to Healing

Juvenile Court Judge Katherine Lucero is leading California to its goal of eliminating youth prisons and shifting resources to healing.


New Round of COVID-19 Infections Hits California Youth Prisons

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
Dozens of young people locked up in California’s youth prison system have tested positive for COVID-19 — the latest outbreak at facilities that have struggled to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Some Los Angeles County residents are opposing plans to move young offenders to nearby camps for rehabilitation as the Division of Juvenile Justice youth prisons close.


Plans to House Youth Offenders Stir Controversy in L.A. County

Residents in the far reaches of Los Angeles County are fighting to block dozens of youthful offenders from being sent to nearby secure detention camps — a key component of statewide reforms to shut down California’s juvenile prisons.

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


California Counties Develop Local Plans as State Youth Prisons Close

California’s Division of Juvenile Justice stopped admissions this month and now counties are developing plans to house and rehabilitate incarcerated youth.

California's youth prisons will close by 2023.


Sound Off: California’s Youth Prison Closures

Juvenile justice advocates sound off on California's plan to close youth prisons and develop the Office of Youth and Community Restoration.

California's youth prisons will close by 2023.


COVID-19 Prevention Measures Lacking in California Youth Prisons

Newsletter Sign up Email* EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Δdocument.getElementById( "ak_js_3" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); Hundreds of youth locked up in state-run prisons in California remain in danger of contracting the coronavirus, testing has been lackluster and public information on infections hard to come by, according to a brief released Thursday by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.


In Historic Move, California Shutters Its Once-Notorious Youth Prison System

With coffers strained by a recession and under pressure to reform deeply flawed criminal justice systems, California Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down a prison system that once held more than 10,000 youth under often-inhumane conditions.


California Judges Concerned About Quick Pace of Governor’s Plan to Close Youth Prisons

Friday is the deadline for California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature to reach a deal on how to close the state’s youth prison system. Photo courtesy of Calamari Productions
As a Friday deadline looms to decide whether California should shut down its long-notorious youth prison system next year, some fear that without safeguards, hundreds of juvenile offenders will be sent to the adult criminal system, where they face longer sentences, more violence and poorer prospects.